Message from the Head of School

Carol Grant Watt STS4

As STS’s Head of School, I am enthusiastic about creating meaningful opportunities and dwelling in possibility. Saying ‘yes to your best’ is a commitment that STS students, teachers, parents, alumni and staff illustrate each and every day. Rooted in our School's motto, Nil nisi optimum, or Nothing but our best, this commitment to becoming your best self develops a genuine empathy and care for others, combined with an insatiable curiosity, and the courage to say yes to new adventures, discovery, possibility, belonging and future-preparedness. This is what makes STS a great school.

Great schools exist with a strong, vibrant community, and a shared priority for the well-being and educational success of our students and alumni. I can think of no higher priority than the future of our children, and my vision is that as a team at STS, we contribute to moving our students forward in their journey towards their hopes, dreams, and goals. We do so in a respectful manner, honouring the individuality and diversity of our community, and are proud to welcome exceptional students from across the globe, with a wide array of backgrounds, interests, and talents.

The STS spirit and ethos are infectious and inspiring. We have a history of innovation and extensive collaboration with the community, and will continue to build on our roots, be unapologetic in our pursuit of academic excellence, embrace the global competencies our students need to be successful, dwell in unprecedented possibility. I fervently believe in the importance of creating impactful and personalized learning opportunities, both in the classroom and through a diverse co-curricular program, and I can assure you that our dedicated teachers and staff are focused on ensuring your children have access to all they need to succeed and flourish.

As we mark our 50th anniversary, STS is embracing a new strategic plan that honours a strong foundation of academic excellence, trailblazing innovation, and a vibrant and engaged community, while forging a courageous new path towards a flourishing school and community for years to come.

Flourish 2031 celebrates growth, renewal, and the beautiful natural environment we look to as our ‘third teacher’ at STS. Through this theme, we also embrace our mission statement: “A diverse community where students pursue lives of purpose, flourishing emotionally, physically, and intellectually.”

Flourish 2031 is a bold and ambitious ten-year plan. While future-focused, it also looks to our core and how we will continue STS’s legacy of developing good humans, thought-leaders, and global citizens above all else. The real-world learning experiences that have set the school apart will continue to be foundational and expanded in this strategic framework, embracing the opportunities that our campus, and the broader world, provide.

With Flourish 2031 as our guide, I have never been more optimistic about our ability to deliver a rigorous and relevant educational experience for current and prospective students, and I give you my word that I will continue to work tirelessly to provide the best environment for your children. It is an exciting time to be part of the Spartan family, and the future is bright.


Mrs. Carol Grant-Watt M.A., B. Ed.
Head of School

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Think outside the box

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A final farewell from Dr. Jones...

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The Funding of Independent Schools in Alberta

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Character at STS

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