MONCTON (GNB) – École Le Sommet, located in Moncton north, officially opened today.

"This new, $22.7-million school has the latest technology and will provide students and staff with a stimulating learning and work environment that will enable them to reach new heights," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Marie-Claude Blais.

The school has 31 classrooms, including four kindergarten classrooms, two gymnasiums, a cafeteria, a science laboratory, a stage, an art room, a performing arts room, two multipurpose rooms, a technology room, a library and two music rooms.

"Investing in education is part of our ongoing efforts as a government to prepare our youth to play an active role in the growth and prosperity of our province," Blais said. "This school accommodates population growth in Greater Moncton and will provide families and communities with an attractive gathering place."

The school, covering 10,354 square metres (12,320 square yards), will be able to accommodate 650 students from kindergarten to Grade 8.

"This new school is a key factor in the protection and survival of our language and culture in Moncton north," said Gilles Bourque, chair of the Francophone Sud District Education Council. "It will enable students to learn, grow, work together and, above all, to realize their dreams in a pleasant environment."