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Grace Christian School unveils renovations, classroom upgrades

Jayden Somers, left, Jason Sin, and Kate Shi, right, work on their new Chromebooks in a newly remodelled classroom at Grace Christian School on Sept. 10. Kai Vere/The Guardian
Jayden Somers, left, Jason Sin, and Kate Shi, right, work on their new Chromebooks in a newly remodelled classroom at Grace Christian School on Sept. 10. Kai Vere/The Guardian - Contributed

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Back to school was extra special for the students of Grace Christian School last week.

On Sept. 6, the school held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony in the new atrium of their addition, followed by tours of the new and updated facilities.

Grace Christian School has provided the necessary space to accommodate more than 300 students in single-grade classrooms.

They have also created a more modern learning environment for all students which now includes a variety of technological tools and devices to enrich student learning, including sets of Chromebooks for elementary students.

The new learning spaces reflect the 21st-century education offered at the school, said teacher Natalie MacNeill.

“We want spaces that invite collaboration and just a sense of fostering wonderment and inquiry,” she said.

In the Grade 6 learning centre, students use their Chromebooks to participate in “genius hour,” a portion of time in the classroom dedicated to asking questions about what skills they need to pursue their interests.

Eva MacNeill, a student at Grace Christian since kindergarten and aspiring veterinarian, said it’s her favourite part of the new curriculum.

“You can research about stuff that you don’t know, and you can answer questions and find out stuff that you’re interested in learning about.”

Kate Shi, a Grade 6 student, started at the school last year.

She loves the new changes, she said.

“It’s bigger and it has more places to play, and I like it.”

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