The grand opening celebration for École Holy Mary Catholic School and Lake Vista Public School took place Tuesday, September 19th. At the celebration students, teachers, families and dignitaries came together to officially mark the opening of the brand new joint-use school.
Energy and Resources Minister Nancy Heppner was in attendance on behalf of Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre. “I want to congratulate the entire community of Martensville for the opening of these two important schools and the child care centre.” Heppner said.
Representatives from École Holy Mary Catholic School and Lake Vista Public School were excited to mark this momentous occasion, with Prairie Spirit School Division Board Chair Larry Pavloff commenting, “With its unique design, Lake Vista Public School will provide exciting learning opportunities for our students.”
The new school design offers a wide variety of options, including additional space for programming with flexible walls that can turn smaller individual classrooms into larger spaces, a large third gymnasium with a multipurpose stage, shared home economics room, two library resource centres, Practical and Applied Arts space, bright learning spaces and outdoor learning spaces.
École Holy Mary Catholic School Principal Luisa Giocoli explained that they are not just the fi rst Catholic school in Martensville, but noted that the school offers the first French immersion program – in addition to English instruction – in the area. “I’m really looking forward to the many firsts that our school community will share together. It really is an exciting time!”
“At Lake Vista Public School, we are looking forward to building a new, close-knit school community to meet the needs of our learners,” Lake Vista Public School Principal Chris Mason said. “Our school was designed to allow students and teachers the space they need to collaborate, explore and be innovative.”
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The ribbon cutting ceremony; L-R: Wayne Stus, Greg Chatlain, Diane Boyko, Nancy Heppner, Luisa Giocoli, Chris Mason, Don Morgan, Larry Pavloff, Bonnie Hope and Lori Jeschke, along with students Arianna Brymer and Ella Wagner. (Jocelyn Ottenbreit/MM)