New school enchants RSS students

By David F. Rooney

No matter who you were — teacher, student, administrator or custodial staff member — Monday’s opening of the new Revelstoke Secondary School was a cause for joy.

You could feel the vibe as you walked through the front doors: everyone was absolutely enchanted by the new school.

“I really like all of the windows,” said 11th Grader Joel Flick. “I really like the fact they all open and look at the views.”

Principal Mike Hooker was no different. He beamed his way through the day and seemed impervious to the odd glitch.

“Every time they make an announcement (over the PA system) the clocks change time — it’s really funny,” said Ninth Grader Jude McKay.

If that’s the worst technological foul up this week they’ll be lucky.

But there are a lot of things to discover and enjoy at the school.

“The students are so excited by all of this,” said Brenda Diebert.

But it will be a few weeks before the building will be open to the public. The District 19 Board of Trustees had originally planned on an October 25 opening however Education Minister George Abbott can’t get here until early November.

In the meantime, here are some photos from the new high school:

Eleventh Grader Joel Flick mugs for the camera by the lineup of students eager to get a new locker at the city's brand new high school. David F. Rooney photo
Monday may have been everyone's first day at the new high school but some things never change: here Brenda Diebert helps a student with a problem. Being on the front line of school's interface with students always motivates Brenda but she was really struck on Monday by having a fantastic view and windows that open. David F. Rooney photo
Students grab some lunch in the school's foyer. David F. Rooney photo
Old artwork finds a new home in the new school. David F. Rooney photo
But new as it was there was something familiar about the way students ambled through the halls. David F. Rooney photo
Hanging out in a classroom? David F. Rooney photo
Librarian Greg Louttit thinks the library deserved a better view but he's nonetheless pleased with the amount of space he has for its 28,000 volumes and 30 computer work stations. David F. Rooney photo
A student peruses the bulletin board in search of her next class. David F. Rooney photo
The new gym is very cool. David F. Rooney photo