New public school in Kitchener ready to welcome students next week

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Waterloo Region District School Board is putting the final touches on its newest school.

Oak Creek Public School in southwest Kitchener will welcome around 450 students next week.

Students migrating to the new school are coming from Southridge Public School and Janet Metcalfe Public School.

Principal Jeff Johnson gave media a tour Wednesday morning. He said he loves the amount of natural light and bright colours in the design.

Oak Creek Public School Principal Jeff Johnson shows off a classroom to media representatives. (Krista Simpson/CTV News Kitchener)

Oak Creek Public School will open this year for kindergarteners to Grade. 7 students. The Grade 7 students will then become the school’s first cohort of Grade 8 students next year.

The thinking behind that was the students going into Grade 8 this year will be able to stay at the school they have been learning at for the last several years and enjoy their final year with their friends.

At over 80,000 square feet, the building is not only an elementary school. It also includes childcare space that will be used by Rising Oaks Early Learning and a community centre for the public.

Each classroom will have big-screen TVs – no need for the pull-down projector screens many remember from their school days.]

A Grade 2 classroom with lower whiteboards so kids can write on it. (Krista Sharpe/CTV News Kitchener)

Nutrition for Learning even has its room, with cooking equipment.

Each child will have what are called “flow desks.” These are shaped a little differently and are adjustable in height.

The flow desks that each student will sit in. (Krista Sharpe/CTV News Kitchener)

And something new, teachers will no longer have desks.

“That’s sort of an underlying theme of challenging our thinking as educators in terms of how we facilitate learning,” said Johnson. “Are we sitting at the desk instructing? Or are we moving around the classroom interacting with students.”

School administrators said all students will be within walking distance of the new school.

Oak Creek Public School will open to students on Sept. 6. (Krista Sharpe/CTV News Kitchener)

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