Hundreds of students, staff, families, and community members in Warman came together today to celebrate their two newest elementary schools. Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre joined the Prairie Spirit School Division and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools to officially open Traditions Elementary School and Holy Trinity Catholic School – the first school project of its kind in Warman.
“These are much needed schools for the people of Warman, as this city has been one the fastest-growing communities in the country in recent years,” Eyre said. “The school divisions deserve much credit for working together and using a collaborative approach to building a joint-use school that responds to the growth in the region while supporting the needs of their students and staff.”
This is the first time Prairie Spirit School Division and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools have partnered to build joint-use schools.
“It is so exciting to see our staff and students enjoying their new innovative learning spaces at Traditions Elementary School,” Prairie Spirit School Division Board Chair Larry Pavloff said. “The board is so pleased to open this new school to accommodate the growing student population in the community of Warman and to offer exciting learning opportunities for our students. The Prairie Spirit Board of Education partnered with the Ministry of Education, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and the community throughout this project.”
“I am so excited to be opening the first Catholic school in Warman!” Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Board Chair Diane Boyko said. “There has been a desire for Catholic education in the area for some time, and it’s truly heartwarming to be welcomed into the community like we have been.”
Traditions Elementary is a Prekindergarten to Grade 4 school and is the second elementary school to be built in Warman.
“Traditions Elementary School has beautiful indoor and outdoor learning spaces designed for collaboration, side-by-side learning, school community building, inclusion and innovation,” Traditions Elementary School Principal Scott Dyck said. “Our learning community will support our students as they develop the skills of 21st century learners.”
Holy Trinity Catholic School is the first Catholic school to open in Warman.
“Warman is a great community, and I’m humbled to be a part of the city’s growth as the first principal in the first Catholic school,” Holy Trinity Catholic School Principal Ed Brockman said. “The staff and I look forward to building the school’s culture with students, families and the entire community—a culture of educational excellence rooted in faith.”
Between the two schools, there are 28 classrooms, three gymnasiums including a large shared gym and stage, two band rooms, two large libraries, community resource space, and a 90-space child care centre.
Holy Trinity Catholic and Traditions Elementary are part of the Joint-Use Schools Project, which includes two schools at one location in both Martensville and Warman, eight schools at four locations in Saskatoon, and six schools at three locations in Regina.
Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has committed approximately $1.5 billion toward 67 major school capital projects and numerous smaller projects such as portable classrooms and preventative maintenance and renewal.
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