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Sir George Simpson/Robert Rundle Renaming

Our school division changed the grade configurations of Wild Rose and Robert Rundle Elementary Schools a few years ago to address low enrollment caused by two elementary schools situated in close proximity to one another.

To continue growing our division in a positive direction, École Sir George Simpson Jr. High School and Robert Rundle Elementary School will come together to form a new campus. This will continue to help us keep students of the same ages grouped together and reduce the number of split-grade classrooms. It will also help provide more space at the junior high level for our growing French Immersion program.

While Robert Rundle and Sir George Simpson have already been working together to develop this joint campus, we are now taking the next steps to bring them together in a more formal way, starting with choosing a new name for the new campus. Our Board of Trustees approved the new name at their March 9th public board meeting. We are excited to announce that the new school site will be known as Hillgrove Campus.

How did we arrive at Hillgrove? We reviewed all the submissions from our community and narrowed down the list to those that best fit the criteria. We then researched the short list of names, and were able to narrow it down further. In selecting the final name, we considered what it would mean to the area, timeliness and longevity of the name, and how well it reflected the merging of the two schools. Hillgrove represents the bringing together of two different elements prevalent in the area surrounding the schools: Sir George Simpson at the top of the hill, and Robert Rundle closer to the grove of Grosvenor Park, and thus the new name promotes the concept of unity between the two schools. Hillgrove also ties into the city's botanical theme, and emphasizes key elements of the Grandin area.

The schools will continue to operate under their current names for the remainder of this school year, and will officially switch over to the new name during the summer for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.
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