News release

Brookland Elementary Officially Opens

Students joined together with educators, community members and government today, Feb. 7, to officially open Brookland Elementary School in Sydney.

The Primary to Grade 6 facility welcomed more than 500 students last September, replacing Colby, Sacred Heart, and St. Joseph schools.

"Brookland is a wonderful school," said Education Minister Jamie Muir. "The students and staff have brought the spirit of the three predecessor schools to a fine new building with all the modern amenities.

"There's no better example of that spirit than the money they've raised for the regions hit by the tsunami in South Asia -- $2,300 and counting."

Darlene Morrison, chair of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, said Brookland holds great promise for children in the area.

"I am convinced that this new school will allow everyone -- students, teachers, parents and the community -- the opportunity to find answers, to discuss and share problems, and to work together for the ultimate goal of a thorough education for every child," she said.

The participants marked the event by unveiling a commemorative plaque. 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 square metres (40,000 square feet) to teaching and learning with space for storage and support.

The new school is part of an eight-year, $400-million investment by the province in its children. It was built at a cost of almost $11 million.

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Students joined together with educators, community members and government today (February 7th) to officially open Brookland Elementary School.

The Sydney school welcomed more than 500 students last September.

It replaced the former schools of Colby, Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's.

At the ceremony, Education Minister Jamie Muir praised the students for raising more than 23-hundred dollars in tsunami relief.

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Contact:

Bill Turpin
Department of Education 902-424-3150 E-mail:
jal            February 7, 2005         12:35 P.M.