School cel­e­bra­tion

Stu­dents and staff cel­e­brate a new be­gin­ning

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY CLARENCE NGOH THE BEA­CON

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.”

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Gan­der El­e­men­tary prin­ci­pal Duane Smith ad­dressed the crowd at the of­fi­cial opening of the school on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

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Cas­san­dra Hodge, of the Navy League Cadets, ac­com­pa­nies on the glock­en­spiel to the national an­them.

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All seats were filled at the of­fi­cial opening cer­e­mony of Gan­der El­e­men­tary School.

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Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter John Hag­gie

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Ed­u­ca­tion and Early Child­hood Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dale Kirby.

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Paige Buker (left) and Gracee Brif­fett were em­cees for the of­fi­cial opening of Gan­der El­e­men­tary School.

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The Gan­der El­e­men­tary School Choir.

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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.

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Gan­der El­e­men­tary School

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