Official Sod Turning
Community members and media joined Sturgeon Public School Division on June 12, 2018, to celebrate the official construction launch at Four Winds Public School at 545 Grandin Drive in Morinville.
The sod turning ceremony was followed by a reception, speeches and presentation at Sturgeon Public School Division’s Central Office. The event featured student performances, renderings of the new school, special presentations and more!
The ceremony officially launched construction of Four Winds Public School, which will open in September 2019 in Morinville, offering English and French immersion programming for students in grades 5 to 9. The two- story school will have a capacity of up to 600 students and also has the potential for a phase 2 that would accommodate up to 400 high school students.
“We’re very excited to break ground on Four Winds Public School for the division and the community,” said Terry Jewell, Board Chair of Sturgeon Public School Division. “Morinville Public School is full with a projected 900 students next year and many modular classrooms. Because Four Winds will meet such a large need, we’re thrilled to see construction launch.”
In the new school name, “Four” represents four seasons and four elements on the medicine wheel, and “Winds” represents four directions of the world. Design plans for the school include studios for dance and drama instruction, in addition to classroom pods for robotics and technology. Several large indoor garage doors reinforce the open plan theme, intended to help foster expansive learning. Teachers and students will be able to free flow, so they can use the open space as well as the classrooms. Designed to connect students with nature, additional features of the school include an outdoor classroom, a learning garden and an amphitheatre.
Some of these spaces will be named to honour individual women who were lifelong advocates in education, including the Donna Hunter Learning Commons, the Thelma Chalifoux Learning Garden and the Audri Kowalyk Science Labs.