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QMS takes a huge step forward with opening of Learning Centre

Grade 4 student Alex Rudzik (second from right) shows his classmates a model of The Learning Centre that he created with Lego pieces during Queen Margaret’s School Grand Opening of The Learning Centre on Friday. - Andrew Leong
Grade 4 student Alex Rudzik (second from right) shows his classmates a model of The Learning Centre that he created with Lego pieces during Queen Margaret’s School Grand Opening of The Learning Centre on Friday.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Friday marked the grand opening of Queen Margaret's School's new learning centre.

"For us, it's just a huge stepping stone in the revitalization of the campus,'' said QMS Head of School Wilma Jamieson.

"Our intermediate students were in the portables. It puts them together as a community.''

The two-story 22,000 square foot building came in on budget at a little more than $1 million and houses Grades 4 through 6 co-ed, Grade 7 girls and Grades 7-8 boys. Intermediate classes began in the new building Jan. 6 after the Christmas break.

The centre also includes a new library and Open Learning Commons space.

As for the old library, "it will be repurposed,'' said Jamieson.

Garyali Architects were the designers and Will Cools Construction the contractors. Both companies have worked previously at QMS on Rowantree Hall and the Primary Centre.

"It's been built with environmental sensitivity foremost to their minds,'' said QMS Communications Coordinator Hayley Picard.

Groundbreaking on the project occurred in November 2012.

The facility is drawing raves from students and educators alike for not only the amenities it provides, but the bright new look to the campus where the old tennis courts were located.

"It just provides a much richer educational environment for them,'' said Jamieson.

"We're just really happy to be able to move through this next phase and keep moving forward.''

Nadine Cruickshanks of Vancouver Island University's Faculty of Education, an advocate of the importance of middle years education, was a guest speaker at the opening.

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