New state-of-the-art building helps students excel in STEM disciplines

Robin Grant | Telegraph Journal
Rothesay Netherwood School will be churning out more math and science whizzes with the recent addition of a state-of-the-art building on its campus, simply called Science Hall.
The new building boasts 13 classrooms dedicated primarily to the study of biology, chemistry, physics and math. It comes complete with collaborative spaces, learning pods, “innovation studios,” labs and math classrooms.
The head of school, Paul McLellan, called Science Hall a “transformational gift” for the independent day and boarding university-prep school for students in grades six to 12.
“It allows opportunities for teachers and students that they haven’t had before,” he said. “The importance of math and science and STEM subjects for their future is obvious, and I think our kids, by virtue of this building, will be better prepared than they’ve been in the past.”
Science Hall was made possible through a generous contribution from what McLellan called “The Mighty Class of 1946.”
He said the plan to build Science Hall has been in the works for several years, with construction beginning in April 2020. The building was completed and ready for students in September.
“It’s probably the nicest science building in any school or university in Canada, so it’s a building that can certainly put us on the map and help our students forge forward with their futures,” he said.
As a building dedicated to the pursuit of science, it’s notable for its safety features, McLellan said. It has fume hoods, eyewash stations and showers.
Four of the labs have pods with gas and water and electrical built-in.
“Those pods are a pretty innovative way to do science,” he said. “It gives students the opportunity to sit in the pods and receive their instruction from the teachers and then, in a second, move the chairs away and stand up and do experiments in that same spot.”