A concrete structure resembling a Greek amphitheatre and bright, bold murals are just some of the things you will see at schools in Langley.

The district has put in a significant amount of work over the last two years to modernize facilities. Most of the work has been completed during the summer months while students were off on break. Staff in our facilities department have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to help make our schools look amazing for the start of the school year.

“We are so proud of all of our staff for their work in completing so many projects including outdoor classrooms, athletic facilities, and upgrades that help make our sites more accessible to the community,” says Assistant Superintendent Woody Bradford.

“It’s not just about aesthetics. One of our goals is to create a learning environment that provides opportunities for flexibility, connectedness, and collaboration among students. Over the last few years, we have recognized the value in taking learning outside and see it as an effective way to keep students engaged in the curriculum,” explains Bradford.

The district has completed outdoor classrooms at many schools including Nicomekl Elementary, Betty Gilbert Middle, H.D. Stafford Middle, Aldergrove Community Secondary and Vanguard Secondary.

The district has upgraded athletic facilities at many schools including Aldergrove Community Secondary, DW Poppy Secondary, and Brookswood Secondary. These gyms have eye-catching murals featuring the school mascot to help create school identity and culture.

“Another goal for the district is to create enhanced health and wellness learning opportunities for students. We want to inspire and support student healthy living as well as ensure they have a sense of belonging at their school,” says Bradford.

The district has made changes to help improve community accessibility on school property. A path from the back end of the school to the community park at Alex Hope Elementary is one example. Parkside Centennial Elementary benefited from changes to its front entrance area and enhancements to the back of school at James Hill Elementary were completed.

“Health and safety continue to be a priority for the district. This includes removing barriers to ensure everyone in the community can use our spaces,” adds Bradford.

This story has been reproduced with permission from School District 35 (Langley). The original posting can be found here.