In a couple years students will have another option for a high school in the city. The sod turning and site blessing for the new St. John Paul II Junior-Senior Catholic School was this morning which signals the start to dirt being moved for the new structure.
Superintendent Karl Germann says that the theatre set to be attached to the school makes it unique.
“it’s a 350 seat, the Grande Prairie Live Theatre is around 180 seat and the college has a 500 seat theatre. This is a really practical model when we researched them and it’s an ideal one for a school to build and use in the community. It is similar to one in Fort McMurray.”
The school is being built in the new Arbour Hills neighbourhood.
“It is going to the a major area where people can build homes, raise their family and develop a community. Because it is the large annexed land area, it is the perfect place to build a school.”
Just South of that, Royal Oaks will also be the home to St. Catherine’s School which is a Kindergarten to Grade 9 school opening in September. It will welcome 300 to 400 students.