Back to School


This past week saw hundreds of students going back to school in two Bockstael projects – Ecole Sage Cree School and Westgate Mennonite Collegiate.

Who better to describe the school better than the Principal, Marc Poirier. The following is an excerpt from his blog:
September 4, 2017
As I reflect on all of the progress that has occurred in the last few months, I can’t help but be amazed at where we are today; this is simply unbelievable!  As the pictures below demonstrate, out facility is not only beautiful, but has also been designed to:
better answer students’ needs,
incorporate a strong integration and connection with nature and the outdoors (so much natural light and beautiful views of the outdoors),
create learning environments that are open, flexible and shared to facilitate and encourage collaboration and integration for our staff and students,
achieve a quality sustainable environment,
be welcoming, engaging and inclusive.


The following description has been adapted from the Westgate Mennonite Collegiate website.

The Westgate you Love, only Better
Environmentally sound, and greater efficiency.
Constructing a new building to replace the aging 1950s centre portion of the campus not only creates a much-needed facility to match the quality programs that Westgate offers, it also provides the opportunity to build a new structure to today’s standards of quality building materials, highly insulated walls and roof, energy-efficient windows and natural light. New energy-efficient systems will provide greater comfort control with less energy consumption for years to come. These gains in physical space will be efficient and honour our commitment to environmental stewardship.

The classroom and choral spaces have been designed to optimize acoustical requirements. Meeting universal accessibility standards allows the new construction to bridge between the two remaining buildings and provide critical barrier-free access to all levels. Complementing the lower-level fitness room is a new storage facility.

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