The new Georgian Bay District Secondary School (GBDSS) officially opened its doors for learning on the first day of semester two on Feb. 4.
“The modern space will support students in reaching their potential, and it offers the opportunity to be exposed to a new level of education,” says Principal John Playford.
The 12,400 square foot building features many elements that are unique across the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB).
“The use of colour, light and wood make the great hall such a welcoming and beautiful artistic space,” Playford says. “The corner art room and integrated art gallery are fabulous learning spaces, and it is nice to have a spot to showcase our students’ artistic talents. The architects vision for the building pays respect to the surrounding community.”
Students will benefit from the common learning spaces, charging stations, reading spaces and makerspace in the library. The cafeteria includes an eye-catching wood and steel ceiling, and a stage shared with the drama room. The hospitality room utilizes industry-standard equipment that students will encounter in the workplace, and community clients can book a quick manicure in the cosmetology classroom.
The new GBDSS is built on the decommissioned athletic field of the old Midland Secondary School and can accommodate up to 984 students.
For a quick preview of the building watch our sneak peek video.