Staff and students are excited and eager to integrate M.M. Robinson (MMR) and Lester B. Pearson high schools into one community to forge a new, bright future as the 2018-19 school year begins on
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.
Over the summer, MMR underwent $2-million worth of renovations to make the educational experience even more positive for all students as the two schools become one community. The Community Pathways Program (CPP) space has been re-constructed, new locker bays installed throughout the building, the theatre’s facade re-designed and renamed the Lester B. Pearson Community Theatre and new cladding added to part of the outdoor front facade.
“I think my favourite aspect of the integration is the opportunity it creates to improve everything we do for students at MMR,” said Claire Proteau, Principal at M.M. Robinson High School. “Our foyer has been redesigned and will be a hub of learning for students. Behind the school is a state-of-the-art outdoor learning space, which complements the renovated Community Pathways Program. The 2018/19 school year will be a year to remember.”
As well, there were roofing replacements, lighting and ceiling upgrades, asphalting and curb replacements, and various enhancements to Technology classrooms to enhance learning environments and construct purpose built facilities for incoming program additions. The second phase of construction will entail a new six-classroom addition, culinary school and a new cafeteria. This will take place in the fall and conclude in the spring.
Staff are excited about a new future and the many educational opportunities students will have including: increased course options and extra-curricular activities, greater access to new technology like laptops, 3D software programs for science classes, data projectors installed in many classrooms, and new classroom seating (such as stand-up desks) to further improve collaboration among students, and much more.
“I'm so proud of the collaboration that has taken place with our staff and students ― the energy is contagious,” says Rebecca Newcombe, Vice-Principal at M.M. Robinson High School. “Our staff is ready to welcome all students on September 4 to engage them in their learning and support their well-being and academic success.”
“It’s certainly going to be an exciting year for M.M. Robinson High School,” says John Pennyfather, Superintendent of Education. “The students and staff having been working hard to make sure all students feel welcome so we can help them achieve success. The increased choice in programming is amazing and will create an engaging learning environment for our 21st century learners.”
Student safety is paramount, especially at this time of year. The Halton District School Board would like to remind all drivers in the school neighbourhood that there will be increased pedestrian traffic at the intersection of Guelph Line and Upper Middle Road due to the larger student body now attending M.M Robinson. With increased driver attention and added safety features to this intersection, the community can work together to create a safer environment for all.
NOTE: See attached before and after photos of construction at MMR
For additional information, contact:
John Pennyfather, Superintendent of Education
Halton District School Board
905-335-3663 | Toll-free 1-877-618-3456