Connaught Sod Turning Celebrated

Connaught Sod Turning Celebrated

February 29 only comes around every four years. This was the date chosen to celebrate the official sod turning for the École Connaught Community School. The two-part event started at the building site of the new school on 13th Avenue and Elphinstone Street. On hand for the event were Board trustees; School Division administration;  representatives of the school community council; representatives of the architects (Number 10 and CITE360); Ministry of Education officials; City of Regina representatives, community members and  guests. Special guests included the Minister of Education, Life Speaker Noel Starblanket, the Board of Education Chairperson, and the Grade 6 class of École Connaught Community School. This is the first class that will graduate from the new school.

Although the temperature was an unseasonably frigid -12 Celsius (three days earlier it was +12 Celsius), the outdoor event went very smoothly. Life Speaker Starblanket involved students in ceremony with medicines that were then buried. He then said a prayer. Minister of Education, Don Morgan brought greetings on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. Regina Board of Education Chairperson, Katherine Gagne also brought greetings. The emcee for the event very well attended event, was Connaught principal Lori Daelick.

Following the outdoor event at the building site, the school and school community hosted a community ceremony and celebration at the temporary school location on 4th Avenue. This event involved the entire school and all the students, as well as many of the guests from the outdoor event also participated, including Life Speaker Starblanket, Minister Morgan, Chairperson Gagne and trustees.

The (much warmer) in-school event began with a prayer by Life Speaker Starblanket and was followed by the singing of the National Anthem by School Community Council Chair, Sarah Truszkowski.  Russel Paskimen and Sheldon Collegiate students roused the students with the Flag Song and the Honour Song on the ceremonial drum. Minister Morgan and Chairperson Gagne also spoke to the students about the earlier event and the future of the school.

There were also a number of other presentations including the Introduction of a student mission statement contest, a slideshow of pictures taken by students at the earlier event and a slideshow of what the new building will look like presented by Superintendent Luc Lerminiaux. There was also presentation of the work being done by the SCC Playground Committee and a student Poetry presentation.  

It was a well-attended, activity packed event that involved students and staff, the community, administration and partners. The school is scheduled to open in 2017. For more information about the build, please visit: http://www.rbe.sk.ca/school-division/mission/renewing-reginas-public-schools/regina-public-schools-facility-enhancement-0

You can also read the Government of Sakatchewan News Release here.