Grand Opening of Arcola School

Grand Opening of Arcola School

On January 29, 2013, students, staff, parents and invited guests helped celebrate the grand opening of Arcola Community School, Regina’s newest school building.

Two Arcola senior students who participated in the school rebuilding process participated in the presentation. Minister of Education Russ Marchuk and Board of Education Chair Katherine Gagne look on.

Although the school opened for students and staff in November, this ceremony was intended to help everyone involved in the project celebrate an important milestone in Regina Public Schools’ history. Participating in the event were Minister of Education Russ Marchuk and other Ministry representatives, trustees from the Regina Board of Education, Mayor Michael Fougere and City of Regina representatives, designers and architects from P3A, representatives from Westridge Construction, former Regina Board of Education trustees, Elders, School Community Council members, parents, and members of Regina Public Schools’ administration.

Students and staff proudly showed off their new school, listened attentively to the speeches and watched a slide show of the different stages of construction, including the final move from the old school building to the new one. The highlight of the event was the unveiling of a bronze dedication plaque that will adorn the entrance of the building.

Designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standards, Arcola Community School was inspired by the geography and the landscape of Saskatchewan. It features elements of all of the province’s five eco-zones that are all tied together with a river motif in the carpet that runs through the entire first floor of the school. The school also includes a green roof, a living wall with live plants, and a rainwater collection system. With respect to instruction, the school design incorporated structural innovation and key design principles that the school division believes are essential
for successful student outcomes. These principles are:

  • Flexible teaching arrangements and instructional grouping
  • Teacher collaboration
  • Interdisciplinary, project-based, and inquiry-based teaching and learning Inclusive practices
  • Safe and secure personal learning communities
  • A stimulus-and technology-rich environment
  • Integrated environmental design and curriculum

These same principals are part of the design of the new Douglas Park School that officially opened on September 17, 2012. Many of these structural innovation principles have been incorporated into all existing Regina Public Schools. “Built around a student-focused flexible learning environment, the design is complemented by environmentally sound and fiscally responsible construction,” said Katherine Gagne, Chairperson, Regina Board of Education. “It is a great example of how our schools can meet the needs of students and their community today and well into the future.”

Read the Ministry of Education news release here. See the Leader Post article here.