Manrell Hall Allows us to Further Realize our Teaching & Learning Priorities

It has been three years since we launched our Continuous School Improvement Plan as part of Campus Renewal and Planning Vision. This plan provides a strategic process for ensuring that our faith and learning community is always reflecting, learning and providing exemplary teaching and learning experiences for students, faculty and staff.

The foundation of the plan is based on the following priorities:

  • Animated by the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice and expressed through the visible integration of the Essential Elements, Vancouver College continues to commit itself to bringing students and staff to encounter "Jesus' love, mercy and forgiveness on a personal level*".
  • Vancouver College is committed to the health and safety of its students as it fulfills its mandate to celebrate the value and dignity of each person and nurture the development of the whole person - mind, body and soul.
  • On the verge of Our Next Century, Vancouver College is committed to being a K-12 community of learning where learning is connected, diverse, empowered, visible, informed and experiential in order to meet the needs of today's students (boys), faculty and staff.

Based on these priorities, the Elementary, Middle and Senior School Sections along with each academic department, have been working on specific goals and objectives, which continue to reap many benefits for the learning needs of our boys. A sampling of these benefits includes new course offerings, programs and technologies and reinvigorated discussions regarding curriculum implementation, instruction and assessment.

With the impending opening of Manrell Hall, we come to the exciting reality of having our teaching and learning spaces fully complement our Strategic Priorities and objectives.

We look forward, for example, to spacious, modernized classrooms that are highly flexible, each equipped with the latest in technology and configurable furniture. Our students will be able to access both formal and informal learning spaces, whether in classrooms, the art room, learning neighbourhoods, Learning Commons, resources rooms, outdoor learning spaces, Dining Hall, Founders Atrium or Campus Ministry room.

Each of these spaces have been designed with the idea that at Vancouver College we continue in our commitment to educating the "whole child" - mind, body and soul- into the 21st Century, within the full context of our times.

Manrell Hall will be a place that will further facilitate innovation and creativity and enhance the social and collaborative elements of learning.

Of significance, the new spaces within Manrell Hall will inspire learning and, in the Catholic tradition, be a visible sign that "where we study is as important as what we study".

For all these exciting changes, I extend a personal note of gratitude to the many people who have generously given to the Our Next Century campaign to date. Your generous gifts have helped to build these wonderful facilities. On behalf of the current and future generations of boys, faculty and staff - thank you!!

Semper Fidelis,

Johnny Bevacqua, Principal