Brookland Elementary Officially Opens
Students joined together with educators, community members andgovernment today, Feb. 7, to officially open Brookland ElementarySchool in Sydney. The Primary to Grade 6 facility welcomed more than 500 studentslast September, replacing Colby, Sacred Heart, and St. Josephschools. “Brookland is a wonderful school,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “The students and staff have brought the spirit of thethree predecessor schools to a fine new building with all themodern amenities. “There’s no better example of that spirit than the money they’veraised for the regions hit by the tsunami in South Asia — $2,300and counting.” Darlene Morrison, chair of the Cape Breton-Victoria RegionalSchool Board, said Brookland holds great promise for children inthe area. “I am convinced that this new school will allow everyone –students, teachers, parents and the community — the opportunityto find answers, to discuss and share problems, and to worktogether for the ultimate goal of a thorough education for everychild,” she said. The participants marked the event by unveiling a commemorativeplaque. Student performers provided entertainment. The school is home to 24 classrooms, a spacious gym, an art room,a music room, and a multi-media room. It devotes 3,716 squaremetres (40,000 square feet) to teaching and learning with spacefor storage and support. The new school is part of an eight-year, $400-million investmentby the province in its children. It was built at a cost of almost$11 million.