Canadian Academy was purposefully built over thirty years ago with a 20th century education in mind. While modern at the time, parts of our building became inadequate, inflexible, and could not meet the high standards our community demands. Our teaching was confined by the original spaces and could no longer deliver the learning we expected. To that end, our library and science labs were renovated in the summer of 2020. And, we are thrilled to announce the coming renovation of our atrium, to be completed in the fall of 2021!
As we began thinking of how we might best renew our spaces, we made a commitment to increasing learning space, having that space reflect our understanding of best teaching practices and how we learn, as well as increasing the warm community feeling at Canadian Academy.
Our science labs were redesigned with the space and flexibility to deliver a robust curriculum. Moving away from the static tables and arrangement traditional classrooms have, our renovated labs have a more open feel that encourages collaboration and exploration. The long isolated tables have been replaced with pods that greater reflect the modern workplace, creating a more vibrant learning environment.
Our library extends the entire width of the building-- from the south to the north. With this increased space, we were able to include a design lab/space for our elementary, a break out conference-style room for our secondary school and community use, as well as an assembly space for meetings and presentations. With our renovation, we did not lose individual work/study spaces, areas to relax and enjoy a good book, as well as ask questions and seek help. Our 40,000+ volumes are still here to be enjoyed!
In the fall of 2021, our atrium will regain its position as our main focal point. When completed, the Atrium will be further enclosed, and heating and cooling as well as new flooring will allow the atrium to be used as a year-round learning space. The main entrance of the school will be at the top of our front staircase, where our community will be warmly greeted by a virtual receptionist. With flexible furniture arrangements, the atrium can host small or large groups. With a small stage at the southern end, performances can be rehearsed or impromptu. A new sound system, partly sponsored by our PTA, will enhance the enjoyment of all. A new staircase will connect the atrium to the cafeteria below, making it the social heart of our school. Whether enjoying a coffee, taking in a performance, or attending a meeting, the renewed atrium will be a warm, welcoming spot.
Our ambitious plans are on track, with the science labs and library having opened in the summer of 2020. We look forward to our community enjoying our newly renovated atrium in the fall of 2021.