Ministry of Education – News Release
SIDNEY – Students celebrated the official opening of the new North Saanich Middle school today by highlighting the environmentally friendly features of the new school in a presentation to Education Minister George Abbott, MLA Murray Coell and Saanich school district officials.
The new school, which can accommodate up to 400 students from grades 6 to 8, meets B.C.'s Wood First Initiative by incorporating wood as much as possible and follows LEED Gold or equivalent environmental standards. Heat is generated by a ground source heat pump and solar hot water panels. Solar panels and a wind turbine generate some of the school's electricity. The school has an automatic light adjustment system to conserve energy and a greenhouse to teach children about growing food.
North Saanich Middle also serves local residents as a hub for community services through an on-site Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC). The NLC has an enlarged gym available for community use as well as a multi-purpose room that can be used for meetings or changed into a full theatre with sound system for performances. The school district has also partnered with the Peninsula Recreation Commission to offer fitness, fine arts and recreational programs through the new NLC.
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