Waterford Valley High School proposed name for new school

They started with 101 names, but in the end, a committee chose Waterford Valley High School as the proposed name for the new west end high school in St. John's.

School to open in September 2015

Out of 101 potential choices, Waterford Valley High School was selected as the proposed name of the new high school being built in west end St. John's. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will have the final say in April. (CBC)

They started out with 101 names, but in the end, a committee chose Waterford Valley High School as the proposed name for the new west end high school in St. John's.

The committee must still submit the recommendation to the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, which will make a final decision in April.

Construction on the $38-million school began last September on Topsail Road. It is scheduled to open for classes in the fall of 2015.

Parent Sarah Colborne-Penney was a driving force behind getting the school built.

"We'll make the recommendation to the board of trustees and they'll approve it, and then we'll have to engage the public again looking for a mascot, logo and crest and all those kinds of things," she said. 

Parent Sarah Colborne-Penney says the new high school will accommodate about 860 students, and will replace both Bishops College and Booth Memorial. (CBC)
Colborne-Penney said the timing couldn't be better for her family.

"My daughter was in kindergarten when we first looked ahead and we said, 'Where is she going to go to high school?' We realized that we really need a high school in the west end. She's now in Grade 9 and she's picking her high school courses this week, so she will go to the new school. Excellent timing."

The new school will replace Bishops College and Booth Memorial, and will accommodate almost 900 students.

The school will feature more than 30 classrooms and a host of amenities, including two challenging-needs suites, four science labs and two applied technology (skilled trades) suites.

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