This May at UTS was a month of momentous occasions, as we cut the ribbon on two more stunning spaces in our new home: the McIntyre Gymnasium and the Library.
First the McIntyre Gymnasium! After a soft opening in April where gym classes and extracurriculars put the gym to good use, it closed in early May to install raked seating in three shades of UTS blue. Now, 164 fans can cheer on the Blues! Then on May 17, UTS Founder Sandy McIntyre ’71 joined Principal Rosemary Evans; Martha Drake, Executive Director, Advancement; and Director of Athletics Michael Knox and UTS Health and Physical Education staff, as he cut the ribbon on the new space.
Sandy, who also serves on the UTS Board, highlighted the importance of accessibility at UTS. Health and Physical Education staff thanked him for giving this space to our students, which means the world to them. Let the games begin!
Then came the Library on May 25! Principal Rosemary Evans, Director of Library Services Susie Choi, and Library Technician Monica Jucha officially opened our beautiful new library with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Carole Zamroutian, Associate Director, Advancement brought a new addition to the UTS alumni authors section with Turning Red: The Real R.P.G.: The Story of the Red Panda Girl by Lily Quan ’87, who wrote the middle grade adaptation of the Disney/Pixar movie Turning Red.
Book buying at the Library had been on hold until the move home, and now Susie plans to acquire many more new books over the coming months (another new book she has is We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story, by Marvel superstar Simu Lui ’07.)
“It’s wonderful to be back – the high ceilings, the new furniture, and most notably the the windows have breathed new life into the Library, and how students see the Library,” says Susie. She loves how there are spaces for everyone. From the private study room and mindfulness corner to tables for groups to study carrels and colourful poufs, students can come here for deep thinking and quiet time.
S5 (Grade 11) Curtis is really glad that the comic book section is back. He says, “I’m really obsessed with turning the wheels to move the stacks to get to the different sections of books. That’s really cool. And I like the view here, or I will like the view when it’s done.”
Outside the beautiful walls of windows, work is ongoing to finish the outdoor areas at the Wright Living Lane Entrance. Progress has been slowed on the Withrow Auditorium due to labour disputes, but landscaping is continuing outside, and the plaza outside is taking shape. We’ve come so far, and already the impact is resonating in the lives of our students as they take ownership of our beautiful new school!