“Nil Nisi Optimum” or “Nothing but our best” reflects the high standards of Strathcona-Tweedsmuir
School in curriculum, staff and student body. A school located in a spectacular setting,
with culture and curriculum steeped in an outdoor ethic, deserved a
campus that reflected its values and programs, and that harnesses
the full offerings of its land asset. FNI did the Master Plan, and then
created a large new addition and renovation package for the school.
The spectacular natural setting near the Canadian Rockies is the star in this Master Plan, both indoors and out.
The new campus features better indoor/outdoor connections
through accessibility and the addition of larger window walls.
The new elementary wing embraces a natural outdoor learning space and playground.
A pond feature, trees and stones provide places to explore.
Three learning communities occupy the ground floor, and connect to the new heart of school and theater area.
On the upper floor, the Grades 5 & 6 learning community connects directly to the visual arts area.
A variety of seating allows these senior students to choose their learning environment.
Note the student display board to the right, where the work is carefully
curated in one place rather than plastered across evrey wall.
This maker space DaVinci studio gives students a place to create art and science
projects indoors or outdoors.
This built-in nest area provides a place for young students to read or for quiet reflection.
Shelves for materials line this cosy space.
Comfortable spaces positively impact learning. This small group has found a quiet corner
to pull their beanbags into, demonstrating the flexibility of the space as well.