The Panorama Park Elementary School addition in progress over the summer. It officially opened Friday, Dec. 6. (Photo: Surrey Schools)

Surrey

Panorama Park Elementary opens eight-classroom addition

Projects adds 200 new seats

An eight-classroom addition at a Surrey elementary school has officially opened.

The $6.1-million project at Panorama Park Elementary School opened Friday (Dec. 6) and included a speech from a student and a musical performance.

It adds 200 new seats to the elementary school, located at 12878 62nd Ave.

READ ALSO: How teens grapple with growth at Surrey’s most crowded high school, June 11, 2019

Harman Gill, a teacher at Panorama Park, said the addition has “created a space that enables students to participate in lively group discussions, sharing of knowledge and collaboration.”

“The fluidity of the student and teacher workspace aligns with 21st-century learning where the emphasis is placed on the process,” Gill said.

With the new space, teacher Amrit Hundal said, students and teachers have been able to engage in a “more collaborative environment.”

“The extension has provided learning opportunities for students that encourage movement, networking ideas and taking ownership of their learning. The accessibility for an outdoor learning space has also contributed to a flex environment that progresses beyond the classroom,” Hundal said.

In the 2018-2019 school year, Panorama Park had four portables.

“We don’t want to see students learning in portables; disconnected from the rest of the school,” said Jinny Sims, MLA for Surrey Panorama. “That’s why our government has made investing in Surrey schools a priority. Students are better supported and studying in a more positive environment. Every child needs a real classroom.”

READ ALSO: The struggle for space inside Surrey’s elementary schools, June 13, 2019

Five new schools and four additions are under construction in Surrey, according to a release from the Ministry of Education.

The release states that since September 2017, the province has approved nearly $250 million in new schools, expansions and seismic upgrades in Surrey. In total, that’s more than 7,400 new student seats in Surrey between 2018 and 2022.

“After years of underinvestment in Surrey, we are working hard to get students out of portables,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “When students have the positive, engaging educational experience they deserve, they have a better chance to succeed – and it’s great to see that happening at Panorama Park.”

READ ALSO: Construction to begin soon on Sullivan Elementary addition, April 18, 2019



lauren.collins@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Lauren on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: ‘Hands, washing hands’: Surrey teachers sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ with COVID-19 lesson

Staff at Fleetwood Park Secondary are featured in video posted to Youtube on Friday

Surrey’s JoJo Mason brings mom along for Saturday song during Diesel Bird Digital Music Festival

Online event March 28-29 to rally behind Canadian musicians hit by COVID-19 show cancellations

Delta council passes bylaw to fine people who don’t socially distance, respect closures

Not social distancing or obeying provincial orders in Delta could set you back hundreds of dollars

From lockdown in Italy to self-isolation in South Surrey

Like many returning citizens, Peninsula-raised James Bogart & Emily Schenk have a long journey ahead

Two workers at seniors’ homes in Surrey, Langley diagnosed with COVID-19

One is a staff member at Elim Village-The Harrison, at 9025 160th St., and the other is a health worker supporting and Chartwell Independent Living at Langley Gardens

Trudeau announces 75% wage subsidy for small businesses amid COVID-19

This is up from the previously announced 10 per cent wage subsidy

World update, 9:30 p.m. March 27: Positive news in Korea as U.S. hits 100,000 cases

The United States now has the most coronavirus cases of any country in the world

VIDEO: Penguins roam empty halls of Vancouver Aquarium

COVID-19 has forced the Vancouver Aquarium to close access to guests – leaving room for its residents

Significant snowfall forecast for Interior mountain passes

Allison Pass, the Okanagan Connector, Rogers Pass and Kootenay Pass could see 15 to 25 cm of snow

Kids get back to learning in B.C., online

Ministry of Education rolls out new tool for school

67 more B.C. COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Vancouver region

Positive tests found in Surrey, Langley long-term care facilities

‘Now is not the time to bag that peak’: BCSAR manager discourages risky outdoor adventures

Call volumes are not going down, even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists

Food Banks BC already seeing surge in demand due to COVID-19 pandemic

Executive director Laura Lansink said they expect applications will keep increasing

Nanaimo couple caught aboard cruise ship with four dead and COVID-19 present

Four ‘older guests’ have died on Holland America’s Zaandam; cruise line confirms two COVID-19 cases

Most Read