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Laura Secord School officially opened its new gymnasium on Feb. 12 with a
celebration event including staff, students and the community.
The dual track French Immersion school in the Wolseley neighbourhood now has a 11,300 sq.ft.
gym which is connected to the existing school via a link-way on the
south side of the building. The addition was designed to achieve LEED
Silver designation and has a Power Smart Designation. The new
construction includes two change rooms, gym storage, a canteen area and a
new elevator off the lobby, making the addition fully accessible.
“It is wonderful for the Laura Secord, Mulvey,
Wolseley community to have an additional large space for residents in
the area to use for wellness activities in the evenings and weekends,”
said Principal Rhona Churman.
“The gym is completely accessible, including the changing rooms and
shower area. In addition, air-conditioning means it will be a
comfortable environment year-round for promoting and maintaining a
healthy active lifestyle.”
The Manitoba government provided $5.4 million in support for the project, and Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart joined the community to celebrate the opening of the new gymnasium.
need access to learning environments that support them to achieve their
full potential, and that includes physical fitness spaces,” said Wishart. “The new gymnasium at École
Laura Secord School will promote healthy living and physical fitness,
and help students develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. This
new facility will be a great benefit to the whole community.”
would like to express my thanks to the Province and members of the
community for funding this project,” said Lisa Naylor, Trustee, Winnipeg
School Division Board of Trustees.
The new addition
features a beautiful river pattern on the south and west walls, and
includes a mosaic of archived architectural drawings of the original
was established in 1871 and currently has 78 schools, 33,000 students
and 6,000 employees. Its purpose is to provide a learning environment
that fosters the growth of each student’s potential and provide
equitable opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and values
necessary for meaningful participation in a global and diverse society.