St. Margaret’s new fitness facility encourages girls to nurture mind and body

| Release: September 10, 2015

St. Margaret’s School  (SMS) campus is buzzing and it’s not just because school is back in session. On September 15 SMS will unveil its recently renovated athletics and wellness centre.

Brimming with light, air and new equipment, the expanded centre will more than double the size of the school’s original training facilities. The contemporary glass structure has all the trappings of a popular fitness club and is surrounded by natural beauty.

A 1,200 square-foot open-air yoga and workout space is a particular highlight of the renovation. From the moment students enter the space—where a dramatic and welcoming “living wall” of plants stands at the entrance—students are surrounded in a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere.

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In the expansion and revitalization of this fitness area, the school endeavoured to encourage SMS students to take care of their minds, bodies and spirits.

“A central goal of our physical education program here is helping girls achieve balance in their lives through an overall sense of wellness,” says Jeanine Stannard, a veteran physical education instructor at St. Margaret’s. “Studies have shown the links between physical fitness and both academic and career success. By creating positive opportunities for girls to experience athletic activities, we encourage them to incorporate these healthy habits into their lives for the long-term.”

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From weight training equipment, to cardio machines to light-filled spaces for individual training and group fitness classes, the new facility has something for everyone--including parents. The new space will also be used to offer after-school classes and training hours for school families in order to engage the whole community in healthful habits and increased wellness.

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Note to media: Tours of the athletics and wellness centre can be arranged upon request.

Media Inquiries: Jennifer van Hardenberg, Communications Coordinator | By email | 250-479-7171 ext 2141

ST. MARGARET’S SCHOOL is an independent, day and boarding school for girls located in Victoria, BC. Established in 1908, SMS is an international centre for STEM learning and girls’ leadership development, providing empowering education from junior kindergarten to grade 12 (Boarding: Grades 7-12). Learn more at Interested families are invited to attend an Open House (October 23 & February 19), or can contact admissions to arrange a private tour.