Holy Trinity School has redefined the word “library” for their students with an exciting overhaul of their facilities.
What was the goal for this project?
The creation of the “Hub” has allowed inclusive learning in this rejuvenated learning common space. With the help of funding from the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation, Holy Trinity’s traditional library is now updated with new, interactive tools. iPads, Lego products, a green screen and robotics kits are just a few of the things that have been added to this flexible and vibrant space.
The Hub is becoming a popular place during recess hours for students. They have also been given opportunities during class time to try their hand at coding. Students were able to program a basic computer game upon completing the workbook provided by the library and they take great pride in displaying their work.
How did this funding impact the school?
These additions have created quite the buzz amongst students, staff, community workers and parents of the Holy Trinity community. This excitement comes from the new possibilities that go along with more immersive and interactive learning activities. New learning opportunities mean success for all students.
Several teachers have been using the Learning Commons as an extension of the classroom. Since it’s unveiling students have nurtured new skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, cooperative learning, exploration and creative thinking.
These exciting changes make us optimistic about the future of education and catering to the needs of our diverse student population.
“From an administrative perspective I have witnessed many positive impacts from our focus on creating an interactive Learning Commons, including: Students engaged in hands on learning through the robotics and Lego wall resources. Students provided opportunities to express their learning orally using the green screen room. Students learning about computer coding and creating their own video games. Students engaged and motivated to improve their literacy and numeracy skills using various apps on the iPads.” – Rob Ranger PrincipalFlagMark complete
The transformation that has taken place in our learning commons has opened a whole new world of possibility for my students! Many of our students come from low-income families and do not often get the chance for extra-curricular activities. Through the learning commons I have seen my students in a new light. I get to see them being creative and using their imaginations. I get to see them compromising, collaborating and problem-solving with other students in our classroom. Because of the variety of activities our learning commons now offers, I have students begging me daily if they can stay in from recess to go to the learning commons! We have used the learning commons for lessons and for play alike. My students have used the materials in the learning commons to enhance their learning. My Grade 3’s used many of the building resources during our Building with a variety of materials unit. With the recycled craft materials my Grade 2’s were able to build boats and invent a magnetic toy with ease.”– Miss Dahl Grade 2/3 Teacher
“Opening up the learning commons space to my students as an extension of our classroom has been a fantastic experience. The students were able to take ownership of the space and engage purposefully with the materials in the learning commons. Through various STEM learning challenges, the students worked collaboratively and displayed teamwork and problem solving skills in a way that would not have been possible had we been confined to the classroom.” –Mrs. Herbert Grade 3/ 4 teacher
“The Lego wall is great! Everyone shares ideas and builds projects together. I like sharing our Green Screen projects with my mom and dad.”- Netta Gr. 4 Student
“The new learning commons is like having the Calgary Public Library and Science Centre together in our school!” –Alexis Gr. 6 student