Home of the Grizzlies!
We are pleased to provide an outstanding education at our school for our
students. Innovative programs that meet the needs of all our students are
taught by our dedicated and professional staff who care about your child.
Our school provides extra-curricular opportunities that encourage the
development of excellence, integrity and respect.
Our Board is
focused on literacy and numeracy achievement and creating an environment
where we are working together on our goal of success for every student. We
also value the community partnerships and parent involvement which are so
crucial to a successful education for our students.
We welcome your
input and questions.
Recommendations were brought forward to the Board to consolidate Devine
Street Public School, and Johnston Memorial School, and build a new school
on the Johnston Memorial site. We started planning immediately, striking a
committee consisting of students, parents, school staff and Board Office
staff to generate ideas and make decisions about what the new building would
provide to the students and our community. Upon reflection, it was a
difficult, time consuming process, but worth every second. We can only hope
that this building provides a flexible learning environment for many
generations of students in our community.
History of PE McGibbon
In March of 2009, we moved
the students from Johnston Memorial School into Devine Street School. The
students of the two buildings completed their 2008 – 2009 school year in the
existing classes in which they started in. In September of 2009, those two
separate school populations became one, and eventually agreed upon their new
identity: a new school name and a mascot were chosen and school colours
decided upon. This process, although difficult at times, served to unify our
student body as we worked towards developing our new collective identity.
Students, parents and staff were a key part of the process and should be
congratulated for the role in which they played. In June of 2010, we
graduated our first grade 8 class from P.E. McGibbon Public School.
We started the 2010-2011 school year in our new building, P.E. McGibbon
Public School, and began a new chapter in the combined histories of two of
Sarnia’s oldest elementary schools. Students, parents and staff are excited
about the possibilities that exist and the history we will be making as we
move forward from this point.
A school is certainly more than the
summation of the parts that make it. That being said, below are the
materials and design features that were incorporated into the new school.
- Natural light
- Recycled material use – desk tops
- Cistern –rain water collection – sprinklers
- Shade Sails
- Historical Aspects – Corner Stone, Coat of Arms and Time Capsules
from Johnston, Devine and P.E. McGibbon
- Reflective roof
- Cement construction
- Waterless urinals
- High speed hand dryers in the washrooms (no paper towels)
- Heat pump system
- Technology – SMARTBoards, Wireless Hot spots for internet access,
Netbooks (wireless) working off carts that go into classrooms
- Flexible learning areas
- cast-in-place concrete 1,200 m3 or 2,700,000 kg
- precast concrete 560 m3 or 1,350,000 kg - block 60,000 pcs - brick 86,000
pcs - steel 150,000 kg - doors 128 - flooring 41,000 ceramic/vct tiles -
paint 1,150 gallons
Total man hours
- 54 contractors or suppliers – Sarnia and Southwestern Ontario as far
away as California
- Timeline – Almost 1 year to the day. Demolition June 22.
Construction start August 24th to Substancial Completion the week of
- estimated over the length of project 75,000 man hours