Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) CES Replacement School

The Board of Trustees approved the construction of Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) replacement school in the Town of East Gwillimbury in August 2016.

The school will serve students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and is scheduled for occupancy September 2017.

New registrations for OLGC are welcome at Good Shepherd CES which is the current Catholic elementary school temporarily serving the area in Sharon.  Please call Good Shepherd CES to register at 905.895.0303.

For progress updates and timelines for the construction of OLGC replacement school, please continue to check the Board website.

The new OLGC replacement school will include the following features:

Design

  • The site is a 6.88 acre corner lot with frontage and access on two streets (Murrell Boulevard and Kavanagh Avenue)
  • The 57,125 sq ft school, includes a Childcare
  • Designed to suit the context of the neighbourhood and provide a unique identity for this new sub-division, it will provide for abundant natural light, visual connectivity throughout, and flexible spaces for collaborative and independent learning

Pupil Accommodation and Childcare

The OLGC replacement school will accommodate approximately 461 students plus 72 licensed childcare spaces.

Interior

  • 14 classrooms
  • Five kindergarten rooms to support Full Day Kindergarten and specially designed to support play-based learning
  • Reflection room
  • Music room
  • Special Education classroom
  • Gym/stage area (the stage area will be at the same elevation as the gym to provide flexible usage as either a third gym / multi-use space or (portable) stage)
  • Central atrium serving as the Forum.

21st Century Learning/Technology

All classrooms will be equipped with smart boards and wireless access points which will align to the Board’s focus on 21st Century learning

Accessibility

  • Designed to provide barrier free access to first and second floors, student and staff washrooms.
  • Signage and tactile warning devices will be designed to assist the visually impaired

Exterior

  • Soccer field
  • Hard surface play areas
  • Separate secure play areas for Kindergarten and childcare

Environmentally Friendly

  • School lighting will be controlled by occupancy and daylight sensors
  • School ventilation system will employ heat reclaim technology to extract heat from air being exhausted from the school
  • Water bottle filling stations will be provided to conserve water use

Transportation/Traffic

  • 28 spaces for bike parking
  • Three vehicular access points
  • The vehicular circulation will be configured to provide a parent drop off area (Kiss and Ride) separate from the bus loading area to help ensure safe arrival of students