Royal Bay secondary opens next month in Colwood

Community space part of new schools’ focus

Belmont, Royal Bay will be embraced by greater West Shore community

A novel concept for the new Belmont and Royal Bay schools includes space dedicated for community use that will see the schools get more use throughout the year.

The provincial government has included about 15 per cent of space in all new schools constructed during the past few years for community use, said Sooke School District Superintendent Jim Cambridge.

The new Belmont school will include a day care, two rooms for Camosun College programs and rooms for Island Health use, Cambridge noted.

Both schools will also include space for West Shore Parks and Recreation. Linda Barnes, chief administrative officer for the recreation body, said they worked closely with community organizations to utilize the space in the best way to provide programs targeting everyone from pre-school to adults, including seniors. “There will be a strong focus on programs for youth,” she said.

West Shore Parks and Rec. has been designated about 500 square metres of space at Royal Bay and will also have access to the school’s new fields for recreational use.

The space at Belmont, although not as large, includes access to the school’s gymnasiums as well as room for an assortment of programs and uses.

Cambridge said he believes the school district has done a great job of fulfilling the provincial government’s mandate.

The new spaces will see the schools being used by the community in the evenings, on weekends and during the summer as well, Cambridge said.

He said both schools will be ready for students on Sept. 8, although construction and final work may continue until November.

“These are fantastic new learning spaces,” Cambridge said. “I’m sure the kids will be excited to be in them.”

Just Posted

Woman charged in Saanichton stabbing

One man treated for injuries, released from hospital following Friday assault

Avid Victoria cyclist’s legacy bike ride helps fund end-of-life care

2019 Denis Muloin Ride for Palliative Care invites cyclists for May 26 fundraiser

Funnyman coming to the West Shore

Comedy and television staple Billy Gardell performs at Elements Casino

Saanich’s Red Lion Inn receives council’s blessing for extended liquor hours

Extension comes more than two years after a major fire

VIDEO: Fun without sun: Hundreds enjoy Family Fest on Victoria Day

Families enjoy activities in Veterans Memorial Park

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read