It was with great excitement that staff and students welcomed Vancouver School Board Trustees, Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow, Musqueam Elder Shane Pointe (Ti' te-in), parents and members of the press to the grand opening of Vancouver's newest school, Norma Rose Point.
The $29-million Norma Rose Point School was constructed on the former University Hill Secondary site. A combined elementary and middle school, the school is the only one of its kind in the district, and can accommodate up to 860 Kindergarten to Grade 8 students.
This new facility has two gymnasiums that will be available for community use: a spacious main gym renovated from the previous University Hill Secondary, and a new gym which can be used for multi-purpose performances, with theatrical lighting, a large projection screen and blackout blinds. Additional spaces will be used for pre-school and out-of-school care. The NLC will also provide meeting rooms for community use.
Norma Rose Point School is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and B.C. wood was used in the construction and interior design of the school.
"With its state-of-the-art learning commons, digital media lab, food studio and clustered classrooms, this school typifies the dynamic new direction the Vancouver School Board is taking towards 21st century learning," says VSB Chairperson Patti Bacchus.
The school is appropriately named in memory of a Musqueam Elder, Ms. Norma Rose Point (affectionately referred to as Rose Point), for her outstanding lifelong contributions to First Nations education, including establishing the first pre-school on a First Nations reservation. She was also a tireless advocate of Aboriginal education who worked for many years with the VSB, Musqueam and the UBC Community. In December 2012, she was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal posthumously for her lifelong contributions to Aboriginal education.
"I know that Norma Rose Point School will offer an excellent and supportive learning environment for all its students," says Bacchus.
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