Students and staff celebrate a new beginning
Grand opening of Gander Elementary School.
The activity inside the newly constructed Gander Elementary School is as lively as the bold colour choice of bright green at the entrance. Simple modern lines and earth tone colours to complement suggest a continuation of modern outlook within.
Principal Duane Smith said at the official opening on Oct. 4, “It is state of the art – there is no doubt about that.”
The school incorporates the latest technologies available, from geothermal, green technology to smart boards, iPads, Chromebooks and bright innovative learning environments.
“We have an absolutely wonderful school to facilitate education of our amazing young people,” said Smith.
The relocation of Grade Four to Six students from the old school has relieved a significant pressure in the school space.
Bronson Collins, assistant director of Education said, “The old school had about 1,000 children and that has been reduced to about 450. Huge difference.”
There is unfinished work to complete on the new school.
Collins said, “It is normal procedure for touch up things to be done.”
According to Health and Community Services Minister John Haggie, the school was constructed in record time of 17 months, instead of the normal 24, “and they were under budget — not many times you can say those two words in one sentence.”
As the week draws close to Thanksgiving weekend, Grade Six students Paige Buker and Gracee Briffett, who emceed the event, spoke on the importance of pausing to reflect on the significance of Thanksgiving. “It is a time when we reflect for all the things we are thankful for,” they noted. “We are very thankful for our amazing brand new school. We have the opportunity to do great and amazing things.”
Gander Elementary principal Duane Smith addressed the crowd at the official opening of the school on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Cassandra Hodge, of the Navy League Cadets, accompanies on the glockenspiel to the national anthem.
All seats were filled at the official opening ceremony of Gander Elementary School.
Health and Community Services Minister John Haggie
Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dale Kirby.
Paige Buker (left) and Gracee Briffett were emcees for the official opening of Gander Elementary School.
The Gander Elementary School Choir.
Kaylee Paulson and Noah Gates (Gander Elementary’s youngest students) assisted principal Duane Smith in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the official opening. The special guests were Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dale Kirby, Health and Community Services Minister John Haggie, assistant director of Education Bronson Collins, Gander Elementary School Council chair Matthew Brake and CEO/director of Education Tony Stack.
Gander Elementary School