Sylvia Fedoruk School in Saskatoon Celebrates the Completion of Historic Project
Today, students and staff celebrated the grand opening of Sylvia Fedoruk Public School in Saskatoon, one of 18 new elementary schools on nine joint-use sites that have opened on-time and on-budget in Saskatoon, Martensville, Warman and Regina.
Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre joined dignitaries, representatives from the Saskatoon Public School Division and family and friends of Sylvia Olga Fedoruk for the grand opening.
“This is a momentous occasion for the people of Evergreen, the City of Saskatoon and the entire province,” Eyre said. “After many years of planning and construction, this community can now enjoy one of the most innovative schools in Saskatchewan with its inclusive design and incredible features that will enrich the lives of all of its students.”
Those features include outdoor learning spaces, open common areas for student gathering, presentation stairs, and the functional life skills (FLS) room. The FLS room is offered to students with a moderate intellectual disability and allows them to become as independent as possible in their daily lives through movement and quality physical education.
The school design is the result of input from students, teachers and school divisions who took part in the design workshop three years ago. Sylvia Fedoruk School can accommodate more than 700 students from kindergarten to Grade 8 at full design capacity.
“Sylvia Fedoruk was a long-time friend of our school division,” Saskatoon Public Schools Board Chair Ray Morrison said. “From my years representing this ward, I know this school named in her honour will be a welcome addition to the community. It’s location in the thriving neighbourhood of Evergreen will ensure families have a school they can grow with for years to come.”
“Sylvia Fedoruk was known not only for her academic and athletic contributions, but also the value she placed on citizenship and serving her community,” Sylvia Fedoruk School Principal Miranda Low said. “This is a role model for our students. Our school will be using her example to lead our work inside and outside the classroom.”
Sylvia Fedoruk School is one half of a joint-use school that is co-owned with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and also contains a 90-space childcare centre and community space. It’s part of the Joint-Use Schools Project, which includes eight schools at four locations in Saskatoon, two schools at one location in both Martensville and Warman, and six schools at three locations in Regina. The joint-use schools were built using a public-private partnership (P3) model. All 18 schools will be hosting celebration grand openings throughout the months of September and October.
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.