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Toronto Catholic District School Board

The First Day at Our New School

 
On Monday, January 6th, 2020 students from Bishop Macdonell Catholic School returned from Christmas break and started the New Year in their brand new school building. The school, located at 20 Brunel Court, is part of the Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre, which also includes TDSB elementary school, Jean Lumb.
 
The first day at the new location included many special guests, including Director Rory McGuckin, Trustee Norm Di Pasquale, Vice Chair Angela Kennedy, Mayor John Tory, Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Ward 21 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee, Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York), in addition to a number of TDSB representatives.
 
Construction of the Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre was led by the City and funded primarily through development levies, development charges and Section 37 funds. Official ground-breaking for this site took place in fall 2017 and it is anticipated that the community recreation centre and the child-care centre will be completed this spring.
 
When completed, the multi-use facility complex will include two schools, a community recreation centre, community space and child care centre within a modern, three-storey structure. Many of the spaces within the buildings are shared, such as the school and community centre gym as well as the artificial turf field in the adjacent park. The design maximizes the available green space in the downtown site with an articulated green roof that spans a large part of the complex's footprint.
 
The Bishop Macdonell community is thrilled to be in their new school building, along with their neighbours at Jean Lumb, and look forward to many years ahead!
 
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