A new school in Hanwell alleviates overcrowding and provides students with a better sense of community, according to Dominic Cardy, New Brunswick’s education minister.
The provincial government held a ceremony last week to officially open Hanwell Park Academy, a new school that caters to students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
“I am thrilled to see this school come to life after four years of building, preparation and planning,” said Cardy in a news release.
“I look forward to what the future will bring for its students.”
The province invested about $33.5 million into the school, which features more than 30 classrooms, an early childhood room, outdoor classrooms, two gyms and learning commons.
It also has “specialty learning spaces” like music rooms, art rooms, science rooms, technology labs and resource spaces, open project areas, and a performing arts room.
The province says they designed the school to reflect Hanwell’s rural nature, noting a nearby trail system, an outdoor pickleball court and a full-sized playing field.
Officials say the school has about 550 students but can fit 650 or more.
“Hanwell Park Academy is an exciting addition to our school district in so many ways,” said David McTimoney, superintendent of the Anglophone West School District, in the news release.
“We look forward to the facility being a place for our staff and students to thrive for years to come.”