September 29, 2017

Regina Catholic School Division Officially Opens New School in the Greens on Gardiner

Today, students in The Greens on Gardiner neighbourhood officially opened their new Catholic elementary school.  École St. Elizabeth was celebrated by students and teachers, along with Regina Walsh Acres MLA Warren Steinley on behalf of Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre, and the Regina Catholic School Division.

“Our government is thrilled to celebrate this memorable occasion with the students and staff of École St. Elizabeth,” Steinley said.  “This school was vital for southeast Regina as we’ve seen unprecedented growth in the surrounding area, including The Greens on Gardiner and The Creeks.”

“From a beautiful sunny farewell last spring at École St. Andrew, to the opening this month at École St. Elizabeth, this community has remained strong and vibrant,” Regina Catholic School Division Board Chair Donna Ziegler said.  “With state-of-the-art technology, space to move and grow into, and a fresh start, I can see many successes for École St. Elizabeth.  This school is proof that it’s the people who truly make a difference, but a new school building can support that.  We are grateful for the blessing of École St. Elizabeth.”

École St. Elizabeth is a French immersion school where students are taught all or a large part of the regular curriculum in French.  The school can accommodate up to 450 students at full design capacity.

“The new schools provide teachers and staff the tools to best meet the needs of their diverse student body,” École St. Elizabeth Principal Daniel Lizée said.  “We are no longer trying to make everyone fit into one little box.”

“It's a nice school because we all treat each other with respect,” Grade 7 student Emma Lowe said.

“It's really big with lots of space!  It's nice!” Grade 7 student Lily Hovdebo said.

“It's an amazing environment with super good people and amazing teachers!” Grade 8 student Amy Harbus said.

École St. Elizabeth shares space with École Wascana Plains School as part of the Joint-Use Schools Project, which includes 18 new elementary schools at nine locations in Saskatoon, Regina, Martensville and Warman.

Each joint-use school contains a 90-space child care centre as well as community space.  Like the other joint-use schools, École St. Elizabeth is highlighted by many incredible features such as the beautiful presentation stairs that are highly flexible and can support a variety of activities like student assemblies.

Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has committed approximately $1.5 billion toward 67 major school capital projects and numerous smaller projects such as portable classrooms and preventative maintenance and renewal.