An East Kildonan-based school has a little more room following the opening of a new wing of the institution last week.
The King’s School, a kindergarten to Grade 12 private school with more than 270 students located on Panet Road, officially opened the 4,500-sq. ft. wing on Oct. 7.
It includes new classrooms for kindergarten to Grade 2 classes, a vice-principal’s office, and a common area for assemblies and group meetings.
Each classroom includes large windows, and its own heating, cooling, and ventilation system.
Principal Andrew Micklefield, who has held the job since 2011 and is an alumni of the school, said it was founded in 1984 and this is the first significant renovation it has undergone in more than 10 years.
"It’s been in our hearts to build this for a number of years, but last year the plans came together," said Micklefield, adding that the school is quite diverse with students from as many as 40 different nations attending classes.
"We were full, the school has grown a lot in the last 10 years. The demand for King’s School surprised administration. You can only make due in a smaller space for so long."
Grade 4 teacher Jack Booth, who has been teaching at the school since 1985, said he’s happy to see the school continuing to grow.
"It’s been wonderful because we’ve grown and grown," Booth said.
Carol Vande Kraats, a resource teacher at the school, said the new classrooms will benefit students.
"The classrooms are large and have big windows, it’s a lovely place for students to learn," she said.
Micklefield said the school’s growth is a direct result of the interest it receives from the community.
"I think it reflects the interest in a Christian school that teaches Christian values and a Manitoba curriculum," he said.
"We’re very happy with it."
For more information on the school visit www.thekingsschool.ca.