Sooke SD announces new names for two Langford area schools 

March 25, 2020

The Sooke School District announced that it named its two new Langford area schools PEXSISEN Elementary and Centre Mountain LELLYM Middle School. PEXSISEN will house 500 elementary students in a two-story building and received its name, which menas ‘the opening of hands’ from the Songhees First Nations. Centre Mountain will house 700 Grade 6-8 students in a three-storey building and received its name, which means ‘the idea of community, where we raise our children’ from the Beecher Bay First Nations. “It gets me choked up to think about these names because it recognizes our history,” said Russ Chipps, chief counsellor of Beecher Bay. “We’re all treated as equals … it’s not something that you don’t think about anymore with the territories getting acknowledged.” Both schools are expected to open by September 2022.    Gold Stream Gazette   (BC)