Students at St. Dominic School will start off the new school year with a newly-completed playground.
The playground was installed Sept. 12. This will be the last phase of a five-year project.
“We’re excited to have a wheelchair accessible playground,” said Chad Knaus, the principal of the Kindergarten to Grade 8 Catholic school, adding that the school decided to make it that way to both fulfill the needs of the school and anybody in the community that would need a wheelchair accessible playground.
The playground is around $100,000, coming from money raised by the school community council. Telemiracle also provided a donation.
The school has three major focuses this year: improving literacy – both reading and writing, strengthening math computation skills by teaching students different strategies to solve problems, and building relationships and serving the communities through their faith.
“We’re looking forward to continuing our vision of building relationships with our community and others outside of our community by helping out and serving,” Knaus said, adding there’s plans to help the Good Neighbour Store and food bank, and visiting St. Mary’s Villa.
There are 259 students attending the school this year, more than the previous year.
New teachers at the school this year are Stacey Mamer, who will teach a Grade 4/5 split, and Monica Corcoran, who’ll teach Grade 7.
“They’re both involved with our extracurriculars and are excited to work with students and give them an awesome educational experience, one full of faith as well,” Knaus said.