How was the community involved in the design of the school?
Once the Ministry of Education determined the need for a new building following two extensive seismic studies, a Steering Committee was created involving school, district and community representatives. It oversaw a community Visioning Day in 2010, and helped to coordinate Oak Bay Community Association and Oak Bay High Alumni Association meetings to gain broad community input. There were also numerous public meetings held regarding the Neighbourhood Learning Centre, and a design charret was conducted with broad representation including staff, students, parents plus community groups for both the school and the Bowker Creek Restoration Project.
What facilities and programs in the new school will be available to the community?
In addition to the facilities in the Neighbourhood Learning Centre (described below), the competition and teaching gymnasiums, the fields, the fitness centre, the Applied Arts shops, the Home Economics labs and the 420 seat theatre are all available for use outside of school hours. Access to all but the theatre will be facilitated and coordinated by the Oak Bay Recreation Centre in partnership with School District 61.
What is a Neighbourhood Learning Centre?
The NLC space is integrated into the new school building as a direct resource for the surrounding community outside of school hours. It will be operated by the local Recreation Centre. There will be licensed before and after school day care in five purpose-built, licensed activity rooms. In addition, a 1300 square foot Youth Centre will have its own kitchen, washrooms, state-of-the-art television, surround sound and computers, plus pool table, foosball and table tennis.