Contest Gives Public the Chance to ‘Name that School’

Board & Committees, Community, Schools & Students

Vancouver’s newest school will soon be given a permanent name. The Vancouver School Board is reaching out to the community to help find a name for the West Side school currently known as ‘Acadia Road’. Located near UBC, the new school is currently undergoing construction and is expected to open its doors to students in the fall of 2014.

Members of the public can submit their idea for the best school name through the VSB’s ‘Name that School’ webpage. The site outlines the plans for the school and lays out certain guidelines that must be followed for a name to be considered. The contest kicks off today and closes at 4 p.m. on January 18, 2013.

“This is a community school so it is fitting that we are seeking suggestions for a new name from the community,” said Patti Bacchus, Chair of the Vancouver School Board. “We look forward to welcoming students and staff to the brand new facility.”

With a capacity of approximately 850 students, the school building will feature a vaulted gymnasium with a glass wall, a library with a raised story corner, which includes a ‘story cave’ underneath,  and a large sundial at the entrance of the school where students will be able to track the time of day. The school’s crowning feature, however, will be a three-dimensional reproduction of a giant tree. Located in the heart of the school’s community commons area, the tree will be adorned with colourful ‘leaves’, each of which will be painted by a student in the school.

“The new school represents the type of high-quality facility parents expect and students deserve,” said Steve Cardwell, Superintendent of the Vancouver School Board. “We will be proud to open its doors to students and staff.”

Currently under construction on the site of University Hill Secondary School, the school is located on the traditional lands of the Musqueam people.

To submit an idea the public is asked to visit http://www.vsb.bc.ca/name-that-school/