Seven Stones elementary school. Photo by CJME's Kevin Martel.
Regina’s North-Central neighbourhood is welcoming a new $21.2 million addition to the community.
The Seven Stones Community School on Princess Street held its grand opening Tuesday morning in front of students, teachers, and politicians.
“(We’re) really lucky to get a school like this. In an area like this, it’s very rare,” said grade 8 student Joseph Duncan Cote.
The pre-kindergarten-to-Grade-8 school has capacity for up to 375 students from both the former Herchmer and Wascana communities. Right now enrollment stands at about 350.
The building is colourful with a large, white teepee on the outside. Inside, the halls are filled with large windows allowing a plethora of natural light in. There are 51 childcare spaces and even a nutrition centre serving kids breakfast and lunch in a family-type setting.
“Lots of them don’t have that opportunity at home necessarily so coming to school and having that opportunity here, with their friends and with their teachers in a different kind of a family setting was important to us,” explained Principal Jay Fladager.
“We are so lucky because it’s right in our community and it’s new. Not many students get this privilege,” agreed fellow grade-8 student Shelby-Ann Pelletier.
“It’s such a high school environment.”
Fladager said it’s an emotional day, giving children in the area this new opportunity. He added how many of them can’t believe they go to school here.
“They were in awe just walking through the doors on the first opportunity. Certainly lots of them felt like they were in a high school or university,” he said.
“They were given something great and grand.”
The Government of Saskatchewan committed $13 million towards the project.