Gibson Hall at the Kemptville College was abuzz with excitement on Friday afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoy’s high school building. Students, staff, local dignitaries and school board representatives all gathered in one of the high school’s newly-renovated classrooms to mark the occasion.
Sainte-Marguerite Bourgeoys Kemptville Principal, Angela Certosini, welcomed the crowd and thanked them for being there to celebrate the official opening. Students, parents and staff had waited eagerly for eight months for the work to be completed, and many had their hand in creating the vision for what the building is today. “Today, I am proud to say that around 50 students from grades 7 to 11 can now benefit from a building that will serve them well for years to come,” Angela said at the ceremony.
The building now has nine classrooms, two science laboratories, and a creative space. The students also have access to two 3D printers and a BEAM robot, to give them access to state-of-the-art virtual learning.
Other speakers at the ceremony were School Board Trustee, Anouk Tremblay, Director of Education for the Conseil des Écoles catholiques de Centre-Est (CECCE), Réjean Sirois, Mayor of North Grenville, Nancy Peckford, and Mayor of Merrickville-Wolford, Doug Struthers.
“On behalf of the council and citizens of North Grenville I would like to congratulate the CECCE for this beautiful project here in Kemptville,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford. “We are very thankful for the contribution of your school to the quality of life in our municipality. Your significant investment is recognized and appreciated by the whole community.”