Students relieved to be leaving portables behind
It was impossible to tell who had the biggest smile, the kids, the parents or the staff of the new Spring Creek Elementary School and Ecole La Passerell on the first day of school this week.
"I like it," said Grade 2 student Jessie Roote.
"Its big and its better than the portables."
That was a common sentiment amongst all who gathered to enjoy the first day of school on Monday.
For months the students of Spring Creek have been in the portables at Myrtle Philip School waiting to transfer to the new school.
And students of the Francophone school have been in portables for years.
So it was a relief to finally get into the facility. The official start date of the Spring Creek school was delayed three times as construction events overtook the building deadlines.
However, all of that seemed to be forgotten as students sped through the hallways, faces glowing with excitement at each discovery.
Theres the gym its new amber wood floors so shiny they were hard to look at but not hard to play on.
And theres a science and art room. Thats great news for those who were in the portables where there was no access to water and therefore a limited curriculum in those areas. Now kids can invent and create to their hearts content.
In the near future the hallways will be filled with the sound of music thanks to a dedicated room for the pursuit of symphonies.
And keyboard-savvy students sported ear-splitting grins when they saw Spring Creeks computer lab, with its lines of black PCs standing to attention.
"I like it a lot, especially the computer and the gym," said Grade 3 student Madison Trotter.
"I like all the space on the playgrounds and playing with my friends there."
Trotter and her school friends may have to wait a few more weeks to get access to the full playground as contractors have not finished spreading gravel in the area. It is currently considered unsafe.
"Its cool here," said Grade 2 student Kenny Leigh.
"Its big and the gym is great."
After the kids were delivered to their various classrooms by curious parents many gathered in the new library, which already has thousands of books, to chat and enjoy coffee and treats.
"We are very excited as this new facility is opened," said Spring Creek Parent Advisory Council chair Barb Leigh.
"We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of this community which has helped us out."