“It was a very successful day,” says principal
Beacon Christian Schools in St. Catharines celebrated the completion of its renovations with a grand re-opening Saturday, June 2. “It was a very successful day,” says Karen Gerritsma, principal of Beacon’s elementary school. The schools invited the community to celebrate with them by delivering 30,000 flyers throughout the region.
City, regional, and provincial politicians came by to wish them well, says Gerritsma. As well, many new families stopped in “for a peek.”
Pony rides, clowns, inflated slides, and hot air balloon rides were some of the activities offered to make the day festive.
Food for a 1,000 people was prepared – and all eaten.
Beacon Christian Schools has two facilities: one for
elementary students and one for secondary. Renovations were made after it was decided the change could help enhance the schools’ profile in the community and potentially attract more families, according to Gerritsma.
“We did it with the kind of mentality that if we build it, our prayer is that they will come, with the goal of offering a wonderful service to our Niagara community,” said Gerritsma in an interview for an earlier article.
Changes to the secondary school building were completed last year and included a “facelift” to the entryway as well as reorganization of classrooms to allow for a student lounge and library.
The renovations to the elementary school building, located on the same campus, were completed in March.
The elementary school building now has nine extra classrooms, a band-room, multi-purpose room, several erg rooms, an art-science lab, and larger library, updated computer lab and enlarged junior and senior kindergarten facilities.
There is now a designated middle school area, located on the top floor of the new wing.
The renovation work was a $7-million project, of which over half has already been raised through a campaign themed Moving Forward with Faith.
Beacon Christian Schools has 250 elementary students and 95 secondary students.