CFO Jeff Townsend, Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton, IB director David Rose, Jack Smith, directors Susan Xu, Jerry Salvador, Kervin Skeoch and CEO Graham Brown are set to get to work at the official groundbreaking of Brookes Weshshore school. (Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff) CFO Jeff Townsend, Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton, IB director David Rose, Jack Smith, directors Susan Xu, Jerry Salvador and kevin Skeoch and CEO Graham Brown start shoveling for the official broundbreaking of Brooke Westshore. (Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff)

Brookes Westshore IB School breaks ground in Colwood

Construction to be completed in September 2018

Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff

With site preparation work already well underway, the official groundbreaking ceremony of shovels in the ground marked more of a symbolic step towards the building of a Brookes Westshore IB School in Colwood.

School co-founder Jerry Salvador said the groundbreaking last Friday is a major milestone in the progress of an extensive process that began seven years ago.

He thanked Dan Spinner, a former director of the WestShore Chamber of Commerce, for his efforts in getting the project off the ground and co-founder Graham Brown for his work and vision for the school.

Salvador also had praise for Colwood Council and Mayor Carol Hamilton. “They have steadfastly supported and welcomed Brookes into the West Shore community,” Salvador said.

He also thanked a host of others involved in the design and construction of what Salvador described as a school that will become an “urban oasis,” and credited the architect for coming up with a design that incorporated the natural beauty of the site.

Hamilton said it’s good to be able to add another educational option for the community.

“Education is such an important part of our future,” she noted. “It’s great to see this school moving ahead.”

The International Baccalaureate program school, which is slated to open in September 2018, is being built on a 2.8 acre site on Sooke Road near Royal Roads University.

The school will offer grades 6 to 12, with half of the 300 students expected to come from the Capital Region and half from other countries.

reporter@goldstreamgazette.com

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