Harbour Landing now has two new schools in one building.
Ecole Harbour Landing School, and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School held their grand opening Monday afternoon, becoming Regina’s first Joint-Use Schools.
Bronwyn Eyre, the Education Minister for the Government of Saskatchewan says with the opening of the schools as well as Joint-Use Schools in Saskatoon, it’s a good way to start her tenure as Education Minister.
“These are obviously beautiful facilities, and so very proud to be here and have students here,” Eyre says. “After all the input and positive developments leading up to these schools being on time and on budget, it’s quite an achievement.”
Staff and students are currently adjusting to the new rules of the building, such as needing permission to hang items on the walls and not being allowed to open classroom windows.
Monica Norris is the Principal of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School. She says the staff and students are adapting to the new school.
“We’ve actually gone with the idea of having a very minimalistic learning environment, and decluttering classrooms. It goes along with a very current learning philosophy, that sometimes kids will learn best if they’re in an environment that’s not overwhelming them. As we need to hang things up, we just apply for permits as we have been asked to, and make the best of it.”
Rodd Hoffart, the Superintendent of Facilities for Regina Catholic Schools says there is an important reason the windows are not allowed to open for a year.
“The reality is, it was part of the initial part of the design put forward by the consortium. What they have to do is keep them closed for a period of a year so they can get a baseline of the energy. They are responsible to save and to prove that they can save a certain amount of energy over the life cycle of the building.”
Ecole Harbour Landing School and St. Kahteri Tekakwitha Catholic School are designed to allow 1,100 students at full capacity.