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École Įtł’ǫ̀ Project Update: May 27, 2022

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Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (YK1) and the GNWT’s Department of Education, Culture, and Employment (ECE) will provide regular updates on the construction of École Įtłʼǫ̀ leading up to its opening in August 2022. The project remains on budget and on schedule, meaning students will be able to attend the brand-new school for the start of the 2022-2023 school year! The first day of school is August 29, 2022. In this week’s update, we are highlighting our school’s new library located at the heart of the school.

For this week's update, we would like to show progress on two important areas of the school. One area, the main office's reception, is seen by all students and visitors to the school. the other, the staff break and work area, is less-frequently seen by visitors. Both are important to the function of a school as the locations for supporting the school's day-to-day functions, but also where teachers do much of their lesson planning.

These first two pictures show the staff area. As you can see construction is well underway with much of the cabinetry already in place.

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We also have design sketch of the staff seating area go give you a sense of the layout here. What isn't specifically shown is the very important staff work area, which is located the wall at the top of this drawing, just outside of the area represented. This is where teachers and assistants spend much of the time gathering and preparing materials to support students' learning.

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The school's main reception area is also coming along very nicely. The windows in the picture's background look out over the main playground area of the school, and give plenty of natural light to the room.

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The sketch below shows the area as roomy for staff and for visitors to the school. One of the other rooms nearby is a small medical alcove where students can rest comfortably if needed. The alcove will be located on the other side of the wall where the four chairs are shown in the sketch.

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We are all really looking forward to the opening of École Įtł’ǫ̀ in late August. In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying our sneak peeks into our new school’s interior.

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