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CECCE Activities and Partnerships Impress Internationally

May 11, 2018, OTTAWA -  The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is very proud of its agreements and collaborations with many actors in the field of education around the world. With so many activities on the go, the CECCE’s reputation is growing here at home and internationally.

  • CECCE dropout prevention strategies inspire Belgian educators

A delegation from Belgium visited the CECCE recently to discuss dropout prevention and learn about the teaching and learning strategies the board uses to reduce dropout rates.

  • French climate change researcher visits students

On April 23, a scientist from Marseille, France, introduced Grade 6, 7 and 8 students at the Kemptville Pavilion of École catholique Sainte-Marguerite Bourgeoys to methods for collecting data about plants and animals that will contribute to climate change research.

  • Win a spot on an Arctic expedition

The CECCE will send two high school students to the Far North to take part in an extraordinary educational experience from July 23 to August 7, 2018. This once-in-a-lifetime trip is worth almost $13,000.

  • Unique opportunity to go to camp in China

The CECCE is also opening up opportunities in Asia. Five students and one teacher will be selected to go to a summer camp in China organized by the Beijing International Education Exchange Center (BIEE). From July 16 to 25, CECCE students will take part in a variety of activities with other students from around the world.

The CECCE, a portal to the world

“The CECCE enables its students to explore everything the world has to offer. The board is making unique opportunities available to students while supporting them as they pursue their dreams and work toward achieving their full potential,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair.

“As a recognized leader in transforming the learning experience, the CECCE will leverage these international collaborations to draw on its partners’ innovative practices while integrating new technologies that support learning,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education. “To cite just one example among many, the Académie de Lyon inspired the CECCE to give a student with leukemia a robot that enables him to participate in classroom activities,” added Mr. Sirois.

International partnerships also enable the CECCE’s International Office to achieve the goals set out in its strategic plan. The Office’s mission is to coordinate international student recruitment efforts and advise senior board officials on how to set up international collaboration agreements.

 

1,200 High School Students Face Off at the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est Student Network Games

May 10, 2018, OTTAWA - Today, over 1,200 students from Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) high schools gathered at École secondaire catholique Garneau to participate in the first-ever Student Network Games. Fun and learning were on the agenda for a day of friendly competition pitting grade 9 to 12 students from the board’s 12 high schools against one another.

All day, students went head to head in 35 different competitions ranging from athletic and academic to cultural, artistic, and pastoral. In addition to the usual athletic contests, there was a spelling bee, a robotics challenge, a culinary arts competition, a mini solar vehicle race, and a vast array of other exciting events.

At the end of the day, five prizes were awarded during the closing ceremony, including three trophies for the top-ranked schools overall, a trophy for best school spirit, and a trophy for best francophone spirit.

“For the students who participated today, this was a way to celebrate belonging to Franco-Ontarian culture and demonstrate awareness of their responsibility to get involved in their community,” said Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. “The goal of the CECCE’s first-ever Student Network Games was to bring students together to promote school spirit, challenge their skills and know-how, and support the construction of their identity as francophones and Catholics,” she added.

“The Network Games are an excellent example of how we are transforming the learning experience,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education. “The Games instill values of leadership and well-being that enable students to become engaged, assertive, mature members of their community.”

Changes to CECCE Elementary and Secondary School Administration

Thursday, May 10, 2018, OTTAWA - During the regular May 8 school board meeting, trustees approved new principal and vice-principal appointments for Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) elementary and secondary schools for the coming school year.

The following schools will have new principals as of August:

Arc-en-Ciel: Julie Cloutier-Rainville
Marie-Rivier: Laurent Mukendi
Saint-François-d’Assise: Danielle McCarthy
Saint-Jean-Paul II: Johanne Bégin

Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Merrickville Pavilion: Louise Théoret-Stefancsisc
Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Kemptville Pavilion: Angela Certosini

The following schools will have new vice-principals as of August:

Béatrice-Desloges: Valérie Roy
Bernard-Grandmaître: Lisa Samrai
Franco-Ouest: Anne Gilbert
George-Étienne-Cartier: Jean-Denis Bernier
Lamoureux: Marilyne Laflèche
Laurier-Carrière: Laurie-Anne Cyr
L’Étoile-de-l’Est: Josée Dutrisac
Notre-Place: Anik Régimbald-Cyr

Paul-Desmarais: Pierre Gravel
Pierre-Savard: Sara Lafrance
Saint-Jean-Paul II: Sonya Pelletier

Sainte-Kateri: Charlaine Savard
Samuel-Genest: Marie-Josée Bégin and Christian Gagnon

The vice-principal position at Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel is still vacant. Marc Blake, principal of École élémentaire catholique Arc-en-Ciel, will be seconded to a principalship at Learning Support Services from August 20, 2018, to January 31, 2019. As of February 1, 2019, he will replace Suzanne Charron-Houle, who is retiring, as principal at École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Thérèse-d’Avila.

“Principals and vice-principals do outstanding work in CECCE schools. They mobilize staff to strive for the success and well-being of every student,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “They have demonstrated exemplary leadership, and I have complete faith in the ability of these individuals to rise to new challenges and implement the CECCE’s mission as a leader in the field of education,” added Réjean Sirois, Director of Education.

 

New MATIS Vocation, a First in Francophone Ontario

April 26, 2018, OTTAWA - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is pleased to announce École élémentaire catholique Roger-Saint-Denis’s new vocation.

The MATIS vocation, a first in francophone Ontario, is a program that integrates math, arts, technology, engineering and science into students’ everyday learning opportunities and their overall academic experience. By fostering students’ creativity, ingenuity and curiosity at the elementary level, this new program will prepare them for a future in which most of the jobs they will do don’t yet exist.

“The CECCE is proud to be the first francophone school board in Ontario to offer this vocation, which will enable schools and teachers to guide students in the era of access to information, new technology, and knowledge proliferation,” explained Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair.

The teaching team is committed to implementing this proven pedagogical approach that promotes student-centred, student-driven learning. Teacher engagement is key to helping students develop the creativity they need to adapt to a constantly changing world.  

“The MATIS vocation is an excellent way to prepare students for a changing world. It aligns perfectly with the CECCE’s leadership vision for student engagement, the learning experience, change management and team mobilization,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education.  

Parents and students interested in the MATIS program can visit the École élémentaire catholique Roger-Saint-Denis website to find out more. Register now at inscription.ecolecatholique.ca.

Leïla Simplice Elected to Serve as New CECCE Student Trustee

April 4, 2018, OTTAWA –  Over a hundred Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) high school students voted today at Ottawa City Hall. They elected Leïla Simplice of École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard to represent all CECCE students on the board of trustees. Leïla Simplice will succeed Pablo Mhanna-Sandoval.

This year, six students ran for the student trustee position. In keeping with tradition, they each had an opportunity to deliver a campaign speech in the morning and answer their peers’ questions to win their votes. Leïla will represent CECCE students at the board’s regular meetings and help develop the CECCE’s educational mission for the 2018–19 and 2019–20 school years.

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe has a deep appreciation for student involvement in the student trustee election process. “The CECCE sincerely believes that students must be the primary consideration when it comes to decisions that influence their education. As Chair, I am proud to see Grade 10 students take such an interest in this democratic process every year. Student trustees certainly play an important role in our organization because they serve as the link between student representatives and the CECCE board of trustees. They devote their time and energy to representing the interests of the CECCE’s 23,500 students.”

Director of Education Réjean Sirois welcomed the new student trustee. “I am sure Leïla will do an outstanding job of representing CECCE students. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing student trustee, Pablo Mhanna-Sandoval, who made a significant contribution to the board. The CECCE applauds his commitment to sharing his love of the Francophonie. His work inspired many students to make a difference by getting involved in their communities. Thank you for your involvement in French Catholic education, Pablo!”

New Addiction Prevention Program in All CECCE Schools

March 8, 2018, OTTAWA - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is innovating by partnering with Maison Fraternité to hire an addiction prevention specialist to work with students in Grades 4 to 8.

The full-time specialist will focus on developing addiction prevention workshops and training staff board-wide. This large-scale prevention program also includes support for parents, giving them the tools to better answer their children’s questions and help them make good choices and enabling parents to recognize the signs of addiction.

The new prevention program is part of the CECCE’s ongoing work to provide a safe and caring environment to every one of its elementary and high school students. CECCE high schools in Ottawa already have access to the services of a psychotherapist one day a week thanks to Maison Fraternité.

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe noted that the board’s specialist and social workers adapt their approach depending on the age of the students, and she also emphasized the importance of providing more services at the elementary level and focusing on prevention because some students begin using drugs before puberty. She added that dedicating a full-time addiction prevention specialist to elementary schools in Ottawa as well as across the district is of vital importance.

Director of Education Réjean Sirois is confident that the program will be effective at raising the school community’s awareness of the danger of drugs. “A number of factors, such as the opioid crisis that has been taking its toll in Ottawa and the imminent legalization of cannabis in Canada, motivated the board to go ahead with this project. The safety and well-being of every student is a key priority for the CECCE, so staff see this as a good time to do more in terms of addiction prevention.”

The program implementation process is already well under way. Beginning in April, the specialist will be facilitating school-based workshops designed to give students the tools to make good choices and handle difficult situations.

CECCE Attracts Harvard Researchers’ Attention

February 13, 2018, OTTAWA - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is once again attracting attention. Top Harvard-based experts in the field of education are taking a close look at the board’s innovative ideas. Their main areas of interest are successful strategies for teaching and learning in the digital age and transforming the learning experience, as well as the CECCE’s leadership.

The American university has recruited francophone researchers to facilitate communication among the experts and education professionals. The Harvard researchers will work alongside fellow academics at Université Laval, who are also interested in the CECCE’s educational leadership model. With support from members of the Centre of Research and Intervention for Student and School Success (CRI_SAS/CRIRES) and its director, Thérèse Laferrière, all research interviews will be conducted in French.

Professor Christopher J. Dede of Harvard University’s Technology, Innovation, and Education Department is spearheading the project. “The CECCE’s initiative is a stellar example of the kind of large-scale success we want to document and share as a model of leadership in education from a public policy perspective.” Professor Dede’s goal is to document the visionary methods developed by the CECCE and its schools and disseminate them as models for other schools to follow. The case study will be published in English by Harvard University and in French by Université Laval.

“This project will certainly be deeply enriching for the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. We will seize this opportunity to review all of our innovative pedagogical practices in our ongoing quest to optimize them,” said CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe. According to Director of Education Réjean Sirois, the American and Canadian experts’ interest signals that the CECCE is ahead of the curve in using technology to accelerate every student’s learning and take it to the next level. “The CECCE strives for excellence and is an established leader in transforming the learning experience. Everyone at the CECCE is very proud that the board’s practices may one day serve as benchmarks for experts and professionals in the field of education worldwide.”

New CECCE School for Ottawa’s Riverside South

February 1, 2018, OTTAWA - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Education has granted funding for a new school in Ottawa’s Riverside South.

“A new Catholic JK–6 school is great news for the growing number of francophone families in Riverside South, Leitrim, Greely, Metcalfe and Blossom Park,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “The school community has been very active in lobbying for a new school to serve more francophone rights holders and take some pressure off École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître, which is currently operating at capacity,” added Chad Mariage, CECCE Vice-Chair and trustee for Barrhaven, Knoxdale-Merivale, Rideau-Goulbourn and Gloucester-South Nepean.

The school, located in southwest Ottawa at the intersection of Ralph Hennessy Avenue and Mount Nebo, will open its doors for the 2019–20 school year. The new building will accommodate 412 students and include three child care rooms.

Director of Education Réjean Sirois is very pleased with the investments announced by the Ministry of Education. “Several of the CECCE’s priority projects were approved and funded by the ministry, and I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of our board members and executives will make it possible for more francophone students and children to grow, develop, and achieve their full potential in cutting-edge Catholic schools,” he said.


MORE PRIORITY PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENTS

School-community hub in Kingston: On January 23, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) and the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) jointly announced Ministry of Education funding for a school-community hub in Kingston. The new high school, which will be attached to the Centre culturel Frontenac, will accommodate 300 students from each board and 49 CECCE child care spaces.

New daycare in Kemptville: On January 30, the CECCE held the grand opening of a new daycare at the Kemptville Pavilion of École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys. The CECCE’s $215,000 investment, together with a $109,000 contribution from the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, will create eight spaces for preschool-aged children. The Ministry of Education license authorizes the Kemptville Pavilion to add 10 new toddler spaces and 16 preschool spaces for a total of up to 26 spaces.

New child care spaces: The CECCE is pleased that it will be able to accommodate more families and expand its early childhood offerings thanks to Ministry of Education approval for new child care spaces.

 

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New toddler spaces
(18 months to 2.5 years)

New preschool spaces
(2.5 years to 4 years)

École élémentaire catholique L’Envol

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École élémentaire catholique Arc-en-Ciel

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École élémentaire catholique d’enseignement personnalisé Lamoureux

15

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École élémentaire catholique Roger-Saint-Denis

 

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École élémentaire catholique Roger-Saint-Denis will also receive funding for an expansion to create a community centre for families with children aged 0 to 6.

CECCE Principal Receives Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award

January 31, 2018, OTTAWA - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to announce that Marie-Claude Veilleux, principal of Collège catholique Mer Bleue in Orleans, is one of 40 Canadian principals, 14 of them from Ontario, who will be honoured at the Canada’s Outstanding Principals awards gala in Toronto on February 27, 2018. This prestigious national prize is awarded by The Learning Partnership.

Throughout her career in education, Marie-Claude Veilleux has demonstrated professionalism, passion for education, a positive attitude and genuine care and compassion for people. Ever since her early days in education, she has enthusiastically embraced all of her duties with the extraordinary effectiveness of a true leader.

“Although she has been at Collège catholique Mer Bleue for just a short time, her ability to articulate a strong vision and unite staff, students, parents, and the whole community in working to achieve it has been impressive. She mobilized the people she works with and those she works for to create a genuinely caring high school environment that is eminently conducive to student success and everyone’s fulfilment,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “In fact, last year the school won the Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools thanks to the culture of caring she established there.”

“Ms. Veilleux’s leadership in the field of education, engagement with the community and commitment to integrating innovative methods that have a direct impact on student success make her an outstanding principal, and the CECCE is honoured to have her on its team,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “I know how valuable each and every member of the entire CECCE team is, and it makes me so proud when some of them are singled out for recognition by the wider community. Many of our principals deserve this honour.”

Canada’s Outstanding Principals award recipients will participate in an exclusive leadership training program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, one of Canada’s top business schools. They will also join the ranks of the National Academy of Principals, a community of over 400 leading educators recognized by The Learning Partnership.

Ontario’s First Incubator School

January 30, 2018, OTTAWA - Always an innovator, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) has announced plans to develop Ontario’s very first incubator school. With new report cards coming to Ontario schools, the CECCE is partnering with education experts like Michael Fullan to explore learning strategies and assessment tools for the transferable skills newly identified by the Ministry of Education. The board has selected École élémentaire catholique George-Étienne-Cartier to spearhead this undertaking.

The term “incubator school” reflects the innovative and unique character of this move to modernize the skills and abilities identified in the student profile upon finishing school.

“I am fortunate to have this opportunity to collaborate professionally with the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est team. The board has a strong track record when it comes to implementing innovative learning strategies for its students. As a learning community, the CECCE is constantly delving deeper into its initiatives in pursuit of continuous improvement. That is why it will be such a pleasure for me to support the board’s incubator school project,” said Michael Fullan, acclaimed author and education consultant.

In September 2017, the provincial government announced a radical shift to modernize the school system and help students develop the skills to thrive in a constantly changing world. The new report cards will assess the transferable skills students need to succeed academically and in life: communication, collaboration, self-directed learning, critical thinking, innovation and creativity, and citizenship.

“The CECCE is proud to be creating this incubator school, which is another example of the board’s visionary style. The school will have the opportunity to refine its professional practices to develop transferable skills in its students before the Ministry implements its new assessment tools,” explained CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe.

Director of Education Réjean Sirois pointed out that this is in line with the CECCE’s learning experience transformation priority. “Thanks to this elementary school, the board and its schools will be better prepared once the provincial government introduces the new report cards. The CECCE is once again seizing the opportunity to be at the forefront of progress in the field of education.”

Twenty years: Now That’s Worth Celebrating!

January 15, 2018, OTTAWA -  The entire Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) community has a year full of festivities planned in honour of its 20th anniversary and the outstanding progress it has made in that time.

Battles for access to French-language education were fought long and hard. The CECCE as we know it now would not exist but for the countless tenacious and strong-willed Franco-Ontarian activists of the past 230-plus years. In its early years, the CECCE made significant course corrections in response to massive reforms. Every aspect of education was scrutinized. Challenges related to the modernization of Ontario’s education system and pedagogical approaches kept the community on its toes.

“I am deeply grateful to members of our community and keenly aware of how hard they have worked and fought over the past 20 years to shape the identity of a French Catholic school board in Ontario that champions the values we hold dear. This milestone is a unique opportunity to thank our founders, trustees, partners, passionate and hard-working staff, and students, as well as all of the parents and guardians who have put their faith in Centre-Est Catholic schools,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair.

Director of Education Réjean Sirois indicated that 2018 is going to be an exciting year for the CECCE. “The board has some major projects in the works and is eager to tell the community all about them! We have put together special programming to mark the CECCE’s 20th anniversary in a big way all year long and will be counting on students and staff to help make the celebrations memorable.”

Board events throughout the year will be extra special in recognition of this momentous anniversary.

Good News for CECCE Daycare Centres

CECCE Schools Gain 93 New Daycare Spaces

December 20, 2017, OTTAWA - This morning, the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, announced the creation of new daycare spaces. The provincial government will invest $10,385,912 in 24 child care rooms in Ottawa. The announcement accompanied that of Premier Kathleen Wynne, who announced the creation of new child care spaces in nearly 200 Ontario schools. Both are part of Ontario’s commitment to help 100,000 children four and under access child care over the next five years.

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) will use its share of the funding, $2,601,520, to renovate and expand three schools in Ottawa and one in Trenton.

 

 

 

  • École élémentaire catholique Lamoureux ($1,038,591.23): school expansion to create 15 new toddler spaces and 24 new preschool spaces

  • École élémentaire catholique Roger-Saint-Denis ($519,295.61): school expansion to create 24 new preschool spaces and a new EarlyON centre for local families;

  • École élémentaire catholique Arc-en-ciel ($519,295.61): renovations to create 15 new toddler spaces

  • École élémentaire catholique L’Envol ($524,337.55): school expansion to create 15 new toddler spaces

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe is very pleased with the announcement. “This is excellent news for all school communities because parents have been asking for new child care spaces for their children for a long time now.”

Director of Education Réjean Sirois thanked the Government of Ontario and the Ministry of Education on behalf of the CECCE. “This funding and the new child care spaces it creates will give more children a better start in life by supporting their well-being and development and helping them prepare for school.”

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est considers the early years to be of vital importance and is fortunate to be working with outstanding early learning partners who play a key role in the learning continuum. They provide an environment that supports growth and development throughout the crucial early years during which children acquire the essential life skills that set them up for success, such as socializing, communicating, expressing emotions, and sharing.

New Daycare at Kemptville Pavilion of École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys

December 20, 2017, OTTAWA -  The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is pleased to announce that it will soon be opening a new daycare at the École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys’s Kemptville Pavilion. The Ontario Ministry of Education has granted the CECCE permission under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, to operate a licensed daycare in its Kemptville facility.

The CECCE invested $215,000 in setting up the dedicated daycare space, and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville generously contributed another $109,000.

In September 2017, the Pavilion had five preschool daycare spaces, which was the maximum allowed prior to obtaining a license. Now it can accommodate eight preschoolers. According to Director of Education Réjean Sirois, the CECCE would happily meet any demand for more spaces. The Ministry of Education license authorizes the Kemptville Pavilion to add 10 new toddler spaces and 16 preschool spaces for a total of up to 26 spaces.

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe is very pleased with the announcement, which will enhance to board’s services to families. “The CECCE’s goal is to provide services that meet the needs of the francophone population, so this announcement is a welcome and timely one for the Kemptville community as the new year approaches.”

Come Together: NHL Players Donate Head-to-toe Hockey Equipment to 25 CECCE Students

December 18, 2017, OTTAWA - A week before Christmas, 25 Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) elementary school students received brand-new head-to-toe hockey gear and had a chance to try it out during a hockey game at the outdoor rink on Parliament Hill.

Senator Léo Housakos presented the hockey equipment to CECCE students to encourage more involvement in the sport.

Come Together is part of the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s NHLPA Goals and Dreams program. The program was made possible through a partnership between the Fondation des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (FECCE), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Parliamentary Protectives Services (PPS).

The FECCE’s mission is to promote student well-being and help underprivileged children participate in school activities, extracurriculars, sports, and recreational and cultural activities by providing school supplies and covering registration fees. Come Together is one way the FECCE fulfills that mission by helping families and children get involved in a sport that gives them a chance to develop healthy lifestyle habits and sportsmanship and giving kids an amazing experience.

Director of Education Réjean Sirois was pleased to be part of the celebrations. “I was delighted to drop the puck for a friendly match starring CECCE students. As Director of Education, seeing the stars in their eyes at that very moment this Christmas season was truly heartwarming.”

The Director of the FECCE Jean-François Bard was especially grateful to the many partners who made the project possible. “I sincerely thank the members of the FECCE, the CECCE, the RCMP, and the PPS for their outstanding collaboration. Their participation in the NHLPA’s program has made many children’s dreams come true.”

A Memorable Centralized Professional Development Day for CECCE Schools

November 15, 2017, OTTAWA - Close to 1,000 Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) teachers and principals will gather on November 17 for a memorable professional development day. The CECCE’s theme for the 2017–18 school year is “transforming the learning experience”, and the board is keen to give its employees opportunities to experience transformation as well. To that end, staff from several schools will take part in a day-long professional development event at Collège catholique Samuel-Genest designed to give them roots and wings.

In September, the CECCE launched Des racines et des ailes, a magazine about giving students roots and wings. That theme will guide the participants’ discussions and reflections about pedagogical practices that transform the learning experience. On the agenda are workshops about leadership, integrating technology, designing environments and spaces for learning, new emerging pedagogy, and well-being.

The CECCE’s centralized professional development day by the numbers: 900 participants, 60 workshop options, 75 facilitators, 34 participating schools, 18 organizing committee members, 25 student volunteers, three 60-minute workshop sessions and… one not-to-be-missed event!

“I see this event as an excellent opportunity for all CECCE staff to learn about the resources available to them. Throughout the day, dozens of professionals who work for the CECCE, such as social workers, innovative technology teachers, and educators, will facilitate workshops and talk about professional practices that transform the students’ learning experience,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair.

In addition to the day’s workshops, participants will also have the opportunity to take in a lecture by internationally renowned speaker, trainer and author Carol Allain and will be treated to a performance by A Capella de Samuel-Genest, a group of students in the school of rock FOCUS program.

“The goal of this event is to hone our staff’s expertise, make clear connections to the Transformation 2020 plan, and celebrate our small steps and great leaps forward in transforming the learning experience,” explained Director of Education Réjean Sirois. “As a leader in transforming the learning experience, the CECCE expects all of its employees to make that vision a reality for the board’s 23,500 students. A day like this is an excellent opportunity for our staff to find out what is going on in other CECCE schools and incorporate winning practices into their own classrooms,” he added.

CECCE Engages Internationally, Signs Cooperation Agreement with Catholic School Board in Morbihan, Brittany, France

November 9, 2017, OTTAWA - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is once again engaging with international partners by signing a cooperation agreement with the Direction diocésaine de l’Enseignement catholique du Morbihan in Brittany, France. This agreement will enable institutions in both partner countries to share experience, knowledge, and teaching and learning methods and materials with each other.

“The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, which is known throughout Ontario as a leader in transforming the learning experience, sees this as a golden opportunity for education professionals to share ideas about teaching from North American French Catholic and Breton perspectives,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “The CECCE is proud to be creating this network with our Breton counterparts so that we can not only share best practices being used in our schools, but also foster dialogue and draw inspiration from what is going on elsewhere in the world. This collaboration with the Direction diocésaine du Morbihan in Brittany will also help us innovate and transform how we do things here so that we can enable students to learn differently while ensuring their success and well-being,” she added.

The CECCE is thrilled with this agreement, whose primary objective is to enhance each board’s knowledge and understanding of the other’s education system. The agreement between the CECCE and Enseignement catholique du Morbihan will encourage collaboration, coaching, consultation, and sharing of expertise in managing and delivering services to students. It will also enable staff from both boards to participate in a variety of professional development opportunities and will make exchange and study opportunities available to students through a number of bilateral programs.

“We are pleased at the prospect of sharing ideas and collaborating on training with the CECCE. Although our organizations differ somewhat, we face similar challenges when it comes to the educational experience, mobilizing teachers to achieve success and excellence for all, and adapting the Church’s message for young people. We are very impressed with how professional and dynamic the CECCE is,” said Stéphane Gouraud, head of the Direction diocésaine de l’Enseignement catholique du Morbihan, which comprises 243 preschool and elementary school institutions, 45 middle schools (collèges) and 21 high schools (lycées) for a total of 70,000 students representing about 50% of the students in the Morbihan department.

“The CECCE is proud to be sharing its expertise with partners in Europe and opening the door to new possibilities,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE​ Director of Education. “Signing this type of agreement encourages CECCE staff to participate in training opportunities related to pedagogy, methodology, and religious education so they can hone their learning experience transformation skills. The CECCE has a lot to gain from this collaboration and knowledge sharing opportunity, and we are particularly interested in learning more about specializations in Breton schools.”

This is not the CECCE’s first foray into sharing knowledge and expertise. In February, the board signed a cooperation agreement with four Belgian diocesan education centres.

Amazing success for 6th annual Forum des parents organized by CECCE

November 4, 2017, OTTAWA The 6th annual Forum des parents organized by the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), which took place yesterday at the Collège catholique Mer Bleue, once again exceeded expectations and met with overwhelming success!

This year’s event achieved record participation with over 200 registrations! Guest speaker and comedian Martin Larocque kicked off the program with an interesting and at times humorous talk on parenthood entitled “Être parent, c’est mêlant!” Parents were then invited to take part in a workshop on mental health that featured CECCE experts in this area discussing several topics related to children’s well-being.

“The Forum des parents is a free, dynamic, and interactive event dedicated to parents! It’s a golden opportunity to learn more about parenting, to meet other parents and talk to them about their children, and to discover the different programs and services that are available,” explained the Chair of the CECCE, Johanne Lacombe. “Indeed, children’s well-being is at the heart of our priorities here at the CECCE and we are pleased to help equip parents in this regard.”

Director of Education Réjean Sirois, who was thrilled with the event’s continuing success, mentioned that “the Forum des parents helps equip parents to better support and nurture their children, both from the educational and personal perspectives. In fact, since the CECCE offers an array of services to parents and students and counts a multitude of educational experts within its ranks, I believe it is essential for us to hold this type of event so that as many families as possible can benefit.”

The organizers of the Forum wished to thank the many community partners who were present to provide information on the various programs and services available in the community for parents and their children. The organizers thanked the City of Ottawa, Maison Fraternité, the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre, the East Ottawa Resource Centre, La Cité Collégiale, Aventures en science et en génie d’Ottawa, the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO), Parents partenaires en éducation (PPE), the Association francophone des troubles d’apprentissage (AFPED+), Parents’ Lifelines, and President and Chief Security Advisory.

National Francophone Immigration Week launches at the CECCE with the Minister of Immigration and the FCFA

October 31, 2017, OTTAWA – The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) had the opportunity to launch the 5th annual National Francophone Immigration Week in a very special way. To kick off the week, which is of particular importance to the whole CECCE community, Collège catholique Samuel-Genest was fortunate enough to be able to host the Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; and Audrey LaBrie, Vice-President of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadiennes du Canada (FCFA).

National Francophone Immigration Week is the premiere event for highlighting the contributions of immigrants to the advancement of francophone​ and Acadian communities, as well as for building and strengthening ties with francophone newcomers to help them integrate into Canadian society. The theme “One language, a thousand accents” will guide a wide range of activities taking place in every part of the country through to Saturday, November 4.

“Increasing francophone immigration outside Quebec is a priority for the government. Although there is a lot of work left to do to reach our goal, our promotion efforts, and the changes made to the Express Entry application process and the Mobilité francophone component of the International Mobility Program prove that we are taking steps to get there. Immigration helps us breathe new dynamism into our francophone communities and maintain our rich heritage of bilingualism,” said the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

At the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, this unifying event led to touching testimonials from CECCE students about their experience of diversity and their integration into the school community. Through their attendance, the Minister of Immigration and the Vice-President of the FCFA were able to learn more about the Programme d'accueil des nouveaux arrivants (PANA) and several other CECCE initiatives relating to inclusion and diversity.

“The CECCE works actively to foster the integration and inclusion of francophone immigrants in the Franco-Ontarian community, and has done so for a number of years,” said CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe “The challenges that immigrant families experience when they come to this country can sometimes be difficult. That’s why the CECCE works with various organizations in the region and has set up a variety of programs in its schools, such as the allies program Franc succès, homework assistance, settlement workers in schools, PANA, ANNA and JONA.”

Although these families come from different cultures and nationalities, they share many common values, including French and catholicity. As a French-Catholic school board, the CECCE considers it a duty to welcome them and help them integrate in order to promote diversity within the community. “Because each and every resident deserves support to learn, pursue their dreams, and build a better world, the CECCE makes it a point of pride to welcome all francophone newcomers with a sincere, humane approach,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education.

The second annual Course des Patriotes a huge success for École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais

October 30, 2017, OTTAWA – Through the efforts of École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais, students and families were once again able to enjoy a much-anticipated community event: the famous Course des Patriotes 2017, which took place Saturday morning in Stittsville.

This major event seeks to promote health and physical activity among young people throughout Ottawa’s west end. More than 700 participants, including school staff, students and parents, gathered to walk or run a 2-km family fun run, a 5-km run, or a 10-km run on the Trans Canada Trail. In addition, many of the runners came in costume to celebrate Halloween being just around the corner, which made the course even more fun and crazy for everyone involved.

“The run’s second year was a great opportunity for all participants to contribute to a community cause, and encouraged students to get moving and engage in some physical activity, which is the primary mission of the Course des Patriotes. I would like to thank City Councillor Shad Qadri for taking part in the event and giving the start signal to the runners,” said Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). Ms. Lacombe was thrilled with the high turnout. “It’s impressive to see the results of the community’s efforts and cooperation when they come together to build a better world.”

For the occasion, participants were encouraged to bring food items to be donated to food banks in Ottawa’s west end, such as the Stittsville food bank. A phenomenal amount of non-perishable items were collected thanks to the generosity of the participants.

Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE, said “This community project reflects the CECCE’s values of innovation, cooperation and caring. These values, which are characteristic of a Catholic education, not only allowed this great project to be carried out, but also demonstrated the importance of a sense of togetherness in helping families in need in the Stittsville community. Bravo for your initiative!”

The CECCE’s very first Salon de la petite enfance: a smashing success!

October 30, 2017, OTTAWA – Nearly a hundred parents and their children participated in the activities offered at the Salon de la petite enfance, held by the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) on October 28 at the Hampton Inn in Ottawa.

This free event was aimed at families from Ottawa and the surrounding area who wanted to find out more about how to prepare their children for kindergarten. They were able to benefit from education workshops presented in the form of activity stations demonstrating five learning methods: learning through play, physical activity, communication, critical thinking and self-expression. The stations were run by professionals from the CECCE.

A dozen partners operated booths where they welcomed families and explained the services available for entry to school. Many important CECCE partners were on hand, including Ottawa Public Health, the Vanier Carrefour de pédiatrie sociale, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Ottawa, and Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario (PLEO).

With members of the CECCE administration, faculty, and child services departments involved at this very first Salon, parents also had the opportunity to have their questions answered and get advice about entry to school. Participating internal partners included superintendents of education and school principals, as well as members of the teams in charge of early childhood education; identity building; religious instruction; First Nations, Métis and Inuit; Actualisation linguistique du français (ALF); the Programme d’appui aux nouveaux arrivants (PANA); and transforming the learning experience. A team of CECCE professionals was also on site to offer parents the option of registering their child for school.

“The CECCE was very pleased to be able to offer this family-oriented event, with a strong educational focus and a goal of reassuring parents who are getting ready to make the leap into the world of education, as well as advising them on how to properly prepare their child for entry into kindergarten,” said Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the CECCE. “This was a gift we were thrilled to give these families, and we hope it will continue year after year.”

“Everyone involved in organizing the Salon de la petite enfance takes the well-being of families to heart and cares about making their experience as pleasant as possible,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE. “I’m proud that the CECCE could offer this added value to parents and children so they can start their journey through their French-Catholic school on the right foot.”

Partnership for good mental health management in the CECCE’s schools

October 27, 2017, OTTAWA - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) cares deeply about the well-being of its students and staff.  Data from a recent survey has shown that students experience periods of anxiety and stress.  To better equip students and staff, this October, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, the CECCE is pleased to announce that it is investing in a new partnership to promote good mental health management in its schools.

The partnership, which will be jointly administered with the Centre Psychosocial (CPS) and the University of Ottawa, will consist of two programs: one intended for high school students, and the other for teaching staff. A member of the School of Social Work from the University of Ottawa will also be involved, to assess the project’s impact and effects.

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe was enthusiastic about the partnership, which builds on one of the CECCE’s priorities: ensuring the well-being of each and every student and staff member. “Promoting positive mental health among the students and staff of the CECCE’s schools is essential to creating a positive learning environment. That’s why I believe launching this pilot project will help us ensure that everyone can thrive and reach their full potential in a healthy environment that is conducive to growth.”

Program for high school students

The goal of the one-year “Funambule” (Tightrope) program is to develop social and emotional skills in adolescents and provide them with tools for managing anxiety and stress. Students at the high schools included in the initiative will have the chance to participate in workshops held by a social worker and a special needs worker from the Centre Psychosocial.

These workshops will focus on teaching students how to increase their resilience in order to better manage stress and anxiety in familiar contexts such as at school, during educational assessments, at home, among friends, in sports, etc. This initiative will take place alongside the many other services already offered by the social work team in the CECCE’s high schools.

Program for staff

The three-year program for staff, inspired by the WMA Wellness “Positive Workplace Framework (PWF)”, seeks to offer CECCE staff a positive workplace and a school culture that encourages staff support. To that end, professionals from the Centre Psychosocial will train and support leaders in the schools so they can then organize workshops and activities for all the staff at their school.

This “training the trainers” approach will help the schools build capacity to support their independence and ensure the initiative’s successes are sustainable. The program also includes a specific theme for each year, namely wellness, resilience, and leadership.

“The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is sensitive to the fact that positive mental health and wellness are key factors in both the professional success of our employees and the educational success of our students,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE. “Establishing positive psychological practices will undeniably help create a workplace and learning environment that is more favourable to everyone reaching their full potential.”

A new school trustee for the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

October 26, 2017, OTTAWA – The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Valérie Assoi as its school trustee representing the Bay, Rideau-Vanier, Somerset, Kitchissippi and Capital wards. She will replace Diane Doré, who, after representing the families in the area for many years, is retiring from her school trustee position to enjoy a richly deserved retirement. Ms. Assoi will assume her position on December 5 at the organization’s annual general meeting.

The CECCE’s school trustees voted for Valérie Assoi – a career woman – based on her skills and her Francophone and Catholic values, which dovetail perfectly with the CECCE’s philosophy and needs.

​Valérie Assoi is a leader in search of new challenges. She holds a Master’s in Conflict Resolution and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and has excellent planning, organization, and group management skills. Her ten years of program coordination and community development experience make her a highly qualified candidate for this position. Moreover, she has always been very involved in the education field.

Our new school trustee belongs to several groups dedicated to equity and is keenly interested in the Ontario Education Equity Action Plan and Ontario’s Well-Being Strategy for Education. Ms. Assoi is an engaged citizen who devotes her energies to several community associations, including the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO). She is serving on the Board of the latter organization. Being creative, analytical, innovative and open-minded, she will surely move the CECCE forward toward new accomplishments.

Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the CECCE, is very much looking forward to working closely with Valérie Assoi, and she congratulated her for her interest in the school community within the Bay, Rideau-Vanier, Somerset, Kitchissippi and Capital wards. “I would like to welcome Ms. Assoi to the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. I am certain that she will meet the new challenges before her with professionalism and integrity.”

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est also wishes to congratulate Diane Doré for her years of involvement, which have been highly appreciated by the CECCE’s school trustees and administration alike. A trailblazing woman, she has helped improve the quality of life within her community. She has certainly made her mark, particularly through her involvement in projects such as the recent opening of the new French-language Catholic elementary school in the heart of Ottawa.

A proud resident of Vanier, she was a Vanier municipal counsellor in the 1990s and the founding president of the Muséoparc Vanier. She has also been a CECCE school trustee since 2003 and in fact chaired the organization from 2008 to 2010. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Fondation des écoles catholiques du Centre-est, in addition to being involved in many other organizations. The least we can say is that the CECCE has been extremely fortunate to count Ms. Doré within its organization and we wish her all the best in the future.

Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel Students Deliver Another Solid Performance in Provincial Testing

BROCKVILLE, September 20, 2017 - Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) test results were announced this morning, and once again, a very strong showing by grade 3, 6, 9 and 10 students at Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel (ACAG) has solidified the school’s reputation as one of the best in the province.

For the fourth year in a row, 100% of the grade 6 students demonstrated deep understanding (level 4) or good understanding (level 3) in reading. Their writing scores improved significantly with 96% attaining level 3 or 4 in 2017 compared to 91% in 2016. Académie Ange-Gabriel students also delivered an outstanding performance in mathematics, scoring 96% compared to the Ontario average of 82%.

In reading, 88% of grade 3 students performed at level 3 or 4, as did 79% of them in writing and 88% in mathematics, surpassing the provincial average for mathematics by 12 percentage points.

Académie Ange-Gabriel can also be proud of the fact that, for the second year in a row, 100% of its grade 9 students passed the academic math test and and 100% of its grade 10 students passed the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

“Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) staff care deeply about student success and well-being, which shows in their academic results, their enthusiasm for learning and their desire to excel. I am grateful to parents for entrusting their children’s education to our skilled CECCE professionals, who are committed to continuously improving their teaching practices to ensure the success of every student,” said school trustee Anouk Tremblay.

CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois is also thrilled with the results. “I am very pleased to see that Centre-Est Catholic schools such as Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel have achieved such high scores, which are a testament to the quality education we offer, the leadership of school administrators, and the dedication of our teaching staff to supporting student success and the pursuit of excellence.”

Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie Students Deliver Another Solid Performance in Provincial Testing

PEMBROKE, September 20, 2017 - Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) test results were announced this morning, and once again, students at Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie obtained excellent scores.

The results show that a very high percentage of students in grades 3, 6 and 9 function at level 3 (good understanding) or level 4 (deep understanding) in EQAO tests.

Grade 3 students scored 85% in reading, 91% in writing, and 78% in mathematics, exceeding provincial averages by 2 to 13 percentage points. Grade 6 students also performed very well, with 94% meeting expected levels of achievement in reading, 85% in writing and 77% in mathematics.

Grade 9 students can be proud of their results, too, with 91% meeting expected levels of achievement in academic mathematics (6 percentage points above the provincial average) and 83% in applied mathematics. This is the fifth year in a row they have improved their applied mathematics performance, exceeding the provincial average by 39 percentage points. For their part, 98% of grade 10 students passed the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

“Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) staff care deeply about student success and well-being, which shows in their academic results, their enthusiasm for learning and their desire to excel. I am grateful to parents for entrusting their children’s education to our skilled CECCE professionals, who are committed to continuously improving their teaching practices to ensure the success of every student,” said CECCE Vice-Chair Robert Lemelin.

CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois is also thrilled with the results. “I am very pleased to see that Centre-Est Catholic schools such as Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie have achieved such high scores, which are a testament to the quality education we offer, the leadership of school administrators, and the dedication of our teaching staff to supporting student success and the pursuit of excellence.”

École élémentaire catholique Mgr-Rémi-Gaulin and École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier Students Achieve Excellent Provincial Test Results

KINGSTON, September 20, 2017 - Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) test results were announced this morning, and once again, students at Kingston’s École élémentaire catholique Mgr-Rémi-Gaulin and École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier obtained excellent scores.

According to the EQAO results, 96% of the grade 6 students at École élémentaire catholique Mgr-Rémi-Gaulin demonstrated a deep understanding (level 4) or a good understanding (level 3) in reading. The school can certainly be proud that its students performed above the provincial average of 91%. They also surpassed the provincial averages in writing (84%) and mathematics (82%), with scores of 91% and 89%, respectively.

Grade 9 and 10 students at École secondaire Marie-Rivier also achieved excellent results, including 100% in academic mathematics and 94% in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, respectively.

“Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) staff care deeply about student success and well-being, which shows in their academic results, their enthusiasm for learning and their desire to excel. I am grateful to parents for entrusting their children’s education to our skilled CECCE professionals, who are committed to continuously improving their teaching practices to ensure the success of every student,” said school trustee Diane Burns.  

CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois is also thrilled with the results. “I am very pleased to see that Centre-Est Catholic schools such as École élémentaire catholique Mgr-Rémi-Gaulin and École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier have achieved such high scores, which are a testament to the quality education we offer, the leadership of school administrators, and the dedication of our teaching staff to supporting student success and the pursuit of excellence.”

The CECCE is Helping to Build a Greener World!

September 15, 2017, OTTAWA - This morning, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) announced its large-scale plan to become, by 2035, the first French-language school board in Ontario to target carbon neutrality across its entire building inventory.

To succeed in this tremendous undertaking, the CECCE is partnering with Ameresco, a leading provider of comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. Ameresco will invest in upgrading school infrastructure to reduce the board’s carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

“This new partnership with Ameresco is an essential component of the CECCE’s sustainable development and eco-citizenship plan to reduce its schools’ environmental impact and protect God’s creation. We will incorporate responsible operational and management practices consistent with the principles of environmental citizenship as we shape engaged and ethical citizens who care about the planet, demonstrate environmentally responsible behaviour, become community leaders, and embrace ideals of social justice and equality,” said CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe.

A roadmap for carbon neutrality

To meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets and achieve carbon neutrality, the CECCE will continue its transition to green energy, pare down the use of natural gas and other fossil fuels in its buildings, develop new renewable energy sources, and ramp up energy-saving measures.

It will focus on integrating technology such as solar panels, LEDs, and geothermal and high-efficiency ventilation systems into its buildings.

In return for financing these measures, Ameresco will sell the electricity generated to the CECCE at a fixed rate per kWh for a set period of time. The CECCE will benefit from stable energy costs during the investment recovery period and will be exempt from the provincial carbon tax.

“The CECCE is developing and implementing a strategic action plan to achieve carbon neutrality in its buildings in a bid to become the first carbon-neutral school board in Ontario,” said Director of Education Réjean Sirois. “This is an ambitious project, but the CECCE is confident that it has put together the right team of experts and professionals to emerge as a leader in sustainable development while teaching students to pursue their dreams in order to build a better world.”

Phase I

The CECCE will begin by auditing its headquarters and nine of its schools to determine how best to reduce their carbon footprint through retrofits and energy efficiency measures. These nine schools are among the CECCE’s biggest energy consumers:

  • Catholic high schools: Franco-Cité, Béatrice-Desloges, Garneau, Samuel-Genest and Minto;

  • Catholic elementary schools: St-François-d’Assise, J.-L.-Couroux, Bernard-Grandmaître and Édouard-Bond.

Schools ahead of the curve

Thanks to the CECCE’s sustainable development and eco-citizenship plan, many of the board’s schools are already very active and have implemented quite a few green initiatives. CECCE students and staff value environmental awareness and sustainable development because they recognize that every one of us has a moral duty to build a better world for our communities.

In fact, 36 of the CECCE’s schools are certified Ontario EcoSchools committed to reducing their environmental impact and shaping environmentally responsible students. The board has also installed 18 solar arrays on its schools and instituted a number of other energy efficiency measures. Taken together, these initiatives have reduced the CECCE’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 600 metric tonnes over four years, which is equivalent to taking 110 cars off the road.

Impact on teaching

The new partnership with Ameresco is a golden opportunity to affirm the CECCE’s commitment to implementing new emerging pedagogies related to sustainable development. The CECCE is working with Michael Fullan, an international expert on education reform and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, to devise professional practices that engage students in learning through critical thinking challenges about carbon and renewable energy.

These challenges are presented as processes that lead to deep learning, which gives students greater agency over their own knowledge. Student-centred problem solving enhances engagement and encourages them to facilitate, collaborate, and take action.

This partnership represents a golden opportunity to treat carbon and renewal energies not just as a facilities and physical plant matter, but also as an opportunity for students to contribute to solutions, and to learn about sustainability in a way that will stay with them the rest of their lives,” said Michael Fullan.  

Working with the French embassy

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is also pleased to announce that the Kemptville Pavilion of École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys will partner with the French embassy on a research project.

Next April, French researchers will meet with students and invite them to collect data on plant species to support research on how climate change affects the seasons. Drawing on the expertise of France’s Observatoire des saisons and Canada’s Nature Watch, this enrichment experience is a wonderful opportunity for the CECCE to transform its schools into living labs through hands-on classroom activities that connect learning and the environment.

 

French-language Catholic school boards in Ontario proudly celebrate their 20th anniversary

Ontario, September 5th, 2017 — At the dawn of their 20th anniversary, the French-language Catholic school boards in Ontario are proudly celebrating the progress made.

For over 230 years, French-language Catholic schools have remained a social and cultural pillar of Francophone Ontario. Since their beginning in 1998, French-language Catholic school boards have pursued this long tradition of excellence.

Under the leadership of the eight French-language Catholic school boards, Catholic schools have reached a place of honour in the Ontario school system. In particular, they stand out by the superior achievement  of their students, their high graduation rate and their holistic approach aimed at the development of the student in every aspect of his or her being. Their unique character and their achievements, made possible by the dedication of the staff and community support, helps them to offer their students the best French-language education in Ontario.   

"We are very proud to be able to tell parents that the choice they have made for their children is the best one possible. With us, they have the assurance of a superior quality education that meets the needs of the child, and that, on every level. We have the right to be proud!" exclaimed Jean Lemay, President of the Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques (AFOCSC).

L’ÉCOLE CATHOLIQUE:

          •   Superior academic results

          •   Highest graduation rate

          •   Recognized for its quality of teaching

          •   The choice of 7 Francophone parents out of 10

THE BEST FRENCH-LANGUAGE EDUCATION IN ONTARIO

"The 20th anniversary of our school boards provides us with an opportunity to celebrate our achievements and thank staff and partners who every day, keep French-language Catholic schools up to the high expectations of the parents," stressed  Lorraine Presley, President of the Conseil ontarien des directions de l’éducation catholiques (CODEC) "Seven Francophone parents out of ten choose a Catholic school. We thank them for their confidence."

Thus, with the support of the parents, the Catholic school is preparing competent and altruistic 21st century citizens, ready to meet the challenges of modern society and contribute to it in a positive way through their Christian and Francophone leadership, according to the expectations and hopes stated in the Frame of Reference of Students in Ontario Catholic Schools (CREECO).

Recognition Tour

The eight French-language Catholic school boards and the Franco-Ontarian Association of Catholic School Boards join forces to highlight the exceptional work and dedication of their school communities by means of a Recognition Tour to be undertaken in October. This initiative will provide the opportunity to thank and publicly recognize two individuals from each school board who have made a difference in their French language Catholic school, either through their actions, their professionalism or their generosity.  

The public is invited to visit EcolescatholiquesOntario.ca for more information on the exclusive advantages offered by a French-language Catholic education and to follow the Recognition Tour.

Transforming the Back-to-School Experience for CECCE Students

August 29, 2017, OTTAWA - This morning, over 23,500 junior kindergarten to grade 12 students began a brand-new school year at 55 Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) schools—1,000 more students than last year. The 2,750-plus administrative, teaching and support staff welcoming them were all excited and happy to be starting a new school year steeped in transforming the learning experience.

“This is a pivotal year for the CECCE,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “As we gear up for our 20th anniversary in 2018, the spotlight will be on transforming the learning experience. Skilled staff in every one of our schools will put new emerging pedagogies into action to help students develop 21st-century skills and engage them in learning and pursuing their dreams,” she added.

“Enrolment at CECCE schools is soaring; our numbers have grown by about 1,000 this year. Parents entrust their children’s education to our French Catholic schools because our staff care deeply about each and every student’s success, we have transformed the classroom learning experience, and our graduation rate is high,” said CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois.

The CECCE opens its 55th school

This year, the first day of school was extra-special for students in the Glebe, Old Ottawa East, and Old Ottawa South, who were introduced to their new École élémentaire catholique au coeur d’Ottawa. Eagerly awaited by families in the community and the only one of its kind in Ottawa, this International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school also offers an introduction to Spanish as a third language. The grand opening was a festive occasion for students in junior kindergarten to grade 6 embarking on a learning experience inspired by the Finnish model.

Des racines et des ailes

To mark the first day of school, over 35,000 copies of the first edition of Des racines et des ailes, the CECCE’s very own magazine, will be distributed to Centre-Est families.

A reference guide about transforming the learning experience, Des racines et des ailes delves into various aspects of updating and modernizing teaching and learning practices and showcases examples of transformation in CECCE schools.

 

 

 

 

School is Already in Session for Students at the CECCE’s Vocational School

August 22, 2017, OTTAWA - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) has spent the past few weeks busily preparing for back-to-school on August 29, but students at the Centre professionnel et technique Minto began their school year this morning.

The Centre professionnel et technique Minto is a high school unlike any other in Ontario for grade 9 to 12 students. Highly trained staff enable students to excel in both academic and applied courses. The school is known for exceptional EQAO results and its high graduation rate. Minto students can earn high school diplomas with specialist high skills majors in trades including construction, electrical, and automotive technology.

“The CECCE is proud to offer innovative and creative specialized programs that meet the needs of families and students,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “We provide everything students need for their success and well-being.”

Focus programs such as hairstyling and esthetics, culinary arts and hospitality management, and fashion and design are also available at Minto. These semester-long programs provide students with enriching and unforgettable experiences in fields they are really excited about.

“The Minto centre is an excellent alternative for students who want to transition gradually to apprenticeship or the workplace because it offers educational pathways adapted to a variety of student interests and profiles,” said CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois.

Back-to-school Comes Early for Students at One Ottawa Elementary School

August 15, 2017, OTTAWA - Over 650 students will kick off the new school year at École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître tomorrow morning.

The principal and her staff are excited to be welcoming their students two weeks earlier than most other schools because École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître operates according to a balanced calendar.

For over 10 years now, the school community at École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître has been following a balanced school calendar, which means that students get six weeks of summer vacation instead of the usual nine, plus an extra week of vacation in October, March and May.

“The balanced school calendar is an alternative for families, who can choose to send their children to either of two Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) elementary schools in the sector: Bernard-Grandmaître, which offers a balanced calendar, or Sainte-Bernadette, which has a regular school year. There is a lot of interest in the balanced calendar model. Enrolment at Bernard-Grandmaître goes up every year because families are so pleased with this model,” said CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe.

Director of Education Réjean Sirois added that, “One reason parents are so interested in the balanced calendar at Bernard-Grandmaître is that it meets their unique family, work, and vacation schedule needs and gives parents the flexibility to achieve a good work-family-school balance.”

 

New principal for the Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie, pavillon élémentaire

July 14, 2017, PEMBROKE – The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is pleased to announce the appointment of Valérie Payeur to the position of principal of the Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie, pavillon élémentaire, effective August 21, 2017.

Having worked at the pavillon élémentaire of Jeanne-Lajoie for nearly ten years and having held the positions of resource teacher, student exit profile lead, and vice-principal, Ms. Payeur was the ideal person to take on these duties.

The director of education, Réjean Sirois, is certain that Ms. Payeur’s expertise will allow her to meet her new challenges successfully. “Her skills in the areas of collaboration and innovation have made a positive difference in the school, and I am confident that her leadership will guide her team toward its objectives and above all guide each student to reach their full potential.”

New principal for the École élémentaire catholique Mgr-Rémi-Gaulin

July 14, 2017, KINGSTON – The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is pleased to announce the appointment of Monia Lalande to the position of principal of the École élémentaire catholique Mgr-Rémi-Gaulin, effective August 21, 2017.

Having formerly served as a teacher and principal with another Francophone school board in Ontario and as an education officer with the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), Ms. Lalande was the ideal person to take on these duties.

The director of education, Réjean Sirois, is certain that Ms. Lalande’s expertise will allow her to meet her new challenges successfully. “I am confident that with the varied experience she has acquired in the education field in recent years, she will guide her team toward its objectives and above all guide each student to reach their full potential. I also wish to thank Mélissa Villella for her achievements as principal of the school and wish her great success in her future endeavours.”

Collège catholique Mer Bleue Receives Government of Ontario Award for Caring

June 26, 2017, ORLEANS - Collège catholique Mer Bleue can be pleased and proud that its caring school committee has won a Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools. This award recognizes safe and accepting school teams across the province that have done exceptional and innovative work in creating positive school environments.

At Collège catholique Mer Bleue (CCMB), safety and acceptance have been among the school’s three priorities since it opened its doors last September. All students and teachers have a weekly 75-minute period to take part in sessions that focus on students’ concerns and their well-being.

“Groups made up of a mentor teacher and 10 to 17 students stay the same every year until grade 12. This provides stability and enables students to build relationships based on trust, openness, and a sense of belonging,” said Réjean Sirois, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) Director of Education. “Those relationships help students find the courage to discuss personal problems with their mentors, who listen to and support them in finding ways to manage challenging situations,” he added.

Since the beginning of the year, sessions have focused on student-selected topics such as healthy relationships, stress management, bullying prevention, self-acceptance, and more. CCMB surveys students four times a year about their needs and concerns. The caring school committee uses the survey results to take the pulse of the school climate, evaluate current interventions, identify at-risk students, and select topics for weekly culture of caring sessions.

“The board is honoured that the Government of Ontario has recognized the beneficial initiatives in place at Collège catholique Mer Bleue. Caring, respect, and mutual support are values that matter to the CECCE. Weekly culture of caring sessions help students communicate with each other and learn about their peers’ very different realities. The outcome is that all students feel more included in their school community,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair.

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est Boasts Record Number of Certified EcoSchools

June 19, 2017, OTTAWA - Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) students are keeping up the pace and remain committed to environmental action. In 2016–17, the number of certified EcoSchools in Ontario jumped to 1,830; 36 of them are CECCE schools.

The CECCE has more certified schools than any other French-language school board in the province.

This year, seven new elementary and secondary schools earned their first EcoSchools certification: de la Découverte, Élisabeth-Bruyère, Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Kateri, Sainte-Thérèse-d'Avila, Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys—Kemptville Pavilion, and Paul-Desmarais. In addition, four CECCE schools raised the bar even higher to achieve platinum certification, which is granted to schools that are deeply involved in sustainable development.

The following schools received EcoSchools certification in 2017:

Platinum

  • École élémentaire catholique Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau

  • École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau

  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys

  • École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard

Gold

  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Geneviève

  • École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin

  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne

  • École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-des-Champs

  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Kateri

  • École élémentaire catholique Montfort

  • Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel

  • École élémentaire catholique Laurier-Carrière

  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-François-d'Assise

  • École élémentaire catholique La Vérendrye

  • École élémentaire catholique Terre-des-Jeunes

  • Collège catholique Samuel-Genest

  • École élémentaire catholique d'enseignement personnalisé La Source

  • École élémentaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie

  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Rémi

Silver

  • Collège catholique Franco-Ouest

  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Paul II

  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d'Orléans

  • École élémentaire catholique d'enseignement personnalisé Lamoureux

  • École élémentaire catholique J.-L.-Couroux

  • École Élémentaire catholique L'Envol

  • École élémentaire catholique Des Voyageurs

  • École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité

  • École élémentaire catholique Élisabeth-Bruyère

  • École élémentaire catholique Roger-Saint-Denis

  • École élémentaire catholique De la Découverte

  • École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître

Bronze

  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Thérèse-d'Avila

  • École élémentaire catholique Mgr-Rémi-Gaulin

  • École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais

  • École secondaire catholique Garneau

  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite Bourgeoys—Kemptville Pavilion

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe said, “The board is extremely proud to be part of this expanding network and to encourage environmentally responsible practices in its schools. When I see school teams that care about protecting and preserving the environment take on inspiring projects, such as creating gardens, growing vegetables, and planting trees, I am filled with hope for the future.”

“All of the schools involved can count on a community and school staff who care about the environment and who are working together to mold engaged and ethical ecocitizens,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “I am very proud of how much progress our schools have made on this front in 2016–17, and I find it reassuring to know that the CECCE is shaping future citizens who know how important sustainable development is to creating a healthy future and who understand how their actions affect that future.”

According to EcoSchools Ontario Executive Director Elanor Waslander, “The Ontario EcoSchools program motivates and inspires school communities to take action. Our certifications provide a framework for embedding ecological literacy and action within and beyond Ontario schools. Over 1,830 schools and 56 school boards participated this year, a record number that proves this is a growing, student-led movement.”

EcoSchools Facts
  • During the 2016–17 school year, 5 CECCE schools achieved Bronze certification, 12 achieved Silver, 15 achieved Gold, and 4 achieved Platinum.
  • Ontario EcoSchools is a JK–12 environmental education and certification program that nurtures environmental leaders, reduces the ecological impact of schools, and builds environmentally responsible school communities. The Ontario EcoSchools program is free of charge for publicly funded schools.
  • As recent study found that Platinum EcoSchool students produce, on average, 57% less combined landfill waste than non-EcoSchool students. Read the report.
For more information

Ontario EcoSchools works with 56 school boards across the province to nurture student leadership and foster environmental learning and action in school communities. Certification is based on a provincial standard established by twelve years of benchmarking: currently, the program certifies 37% of all schools in Ontario and reaches over 850,000 students.

Visit ontarioecoschools.org for  more information about the program.

Kemptville Pavilion Unveils Exciting Plans at First Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, June 10, 2017, KEMPTVILLE - Families in Kemptville and the surrounding area gathered this Saturday in the École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys schoolyard to celebrate the Kemptville Pavilion’s first anniversary. Parents and children alike soaked up the sunshine while feasting on free BBQ and having fun with a photo rally and inflatable games.

The school also took advantage of the community gathering to make some announcements about what’s new for the 2017 school year.

New concentration details announced​

The school was very proud to unveil details of the new concentration in Human and Planetary Health with a focus on climate change for students in grades 7 to 12 this coming school year.

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) Director of Education Réjean Siroisis very pleased with the new program because the content aligns perfectly with 21st-century school goals and reflects the community’s interests. “The impact of climate change on the environment, health, and sustainable development is clearly a major issue, and we are concerned about how it will affect future generations. Thanks to the new Human and Planetary Health program, students will be more informed about this reality. Their education will focus on developing a sense of civic duty and eco-responsibility to help them become engaged and ethical citizens. Collaboration with various community partners to deliver this new program will give students options for career exploration, co-op placements, training, and certification.”

New Phase 2 for Kemptville Pavilion​

The CECCE also announced plans for phase 2 development to increase capacity at the Kemptville Pavilion. The board reached a deal with the Agriculture Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) to lease Gibson Hall, which is to be renovated and will open in 2018. The new classrooms will enable the pavilion to house different grades in separate buildings. Students in junior kindergarten to grade 6 will continue to use Fraser Hall, and Gibson Hall will be for students in grades 7 to 12. The younger students will also have access to specialized facilities in Gibson Hall.

According to CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe, “The CECCE is confident that these new classrooms will enable the school to better serve families in the region who want their children to have an excellent education that encourages all students, enriched and inspired by their Catholic and Francophone identity, to progress toward developing their full potential.” Ms. Lacombe added that, “The CECCE and the ARIO signed a 10-year lease with two 5-year extension options. For parents who entrust their children’s education to the CECCE, this signals stability.”

Preschool program

The CECCE also took the opportunity to announce to families that, for the 2017 school year, it will offer a full-time preschool program for two-and-a-half- to three-year-olds at theKemptville Pavilion’s Fraser Hall. During its first year of operation, this competitively priced program will have just five spaces available, but the CECCE is working on other projects to expand the range of preschool services available to Kemptville families.

Fair Spotlights Learning Experience Transformation in Centre-Est Catholic Schools

Monday, June 12, 2017, OTTAWA - Last Friday, student profile upon finishing school leads, teachers, and school principals from the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) spent the day at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre immersed in learning experience transformation.

 

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As a recognized leader in transforming the learning experience, the CECCE organized this event to give student profile upon finishing school leads an opportunity to share their schools’ learning experience transformation successes. The leads also presented projects that foster deep learning and provided an overview of the many learning experience transformation initiatives happening within the CECCE.

Throughout the day, the hundreds of attendees toured the booths and took in workshops on topics including robotics, schoolyard transformation, cascade planning, hybrid classes, critical thinking, genius hour, and many other innovative professional practices that engage all students in learning.

“This format worked really well, and I’m so pleased that the CECCE is calling on its own experts to share their winning practices and their successes with their peers,” said CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe. “Who better than our student profile upon finishing school leads to host workshops on learning experience transformation? Their mandate within the CECCE is to implement the profile by encouraging all students, enriched and inspired by their Catholic and Francophone identity, to become critical and creative thinkers, assertive and mature young adults, and engaged and ethical citizens,” she added.  

Director of Education Réjean Sirois agreed, saying, “Our student profile upon finishing school leads play a key role in their schools with respect to launching learning experience transformation. From introducing new emergent pedagogies and integrating technology in the service of learning to setting up learning spaces and environments and demonstrating leadership and caring, our leads support teachers and principals in bringing about change designed to enhance student engagement.”

New daycare spaces at Pembroke’s Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie

June 9, 2017, PEMBROKE – For the 2018-2019 school year, Pembroke families will have access to 18 additional spaces at La garderie Les petites mains daycare located in the Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie, following an investment of $1,058,757 by the Ministry of Education of Ontario. This announcement was made this morning at the Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie by the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) and its partner, La garderie Les petites mains daycare.

The 26 spaces for toddlers and preschool children that currently exist in the daycare at Jeanne-Lajoie are already full. Thanks to these new funds, 8 additional spaces for children from age 2.5 to 4 years will be made available to Pembroke families. The funding from the Ministry of Education of Ontario will also allow a room to be created for 10 infants from age 0 to 18 months, a service that will be valuable to Pembroke families with young children, who have been requesting this addition for a number of years.

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According to the Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, Johanne Lacombe, the addition of daycare spaces is essential to making sure the Francophone community remains viable and thrives. “Families that want a French-language, Catholic education will be able to count on additional spaces at Les petites mains daycare in the Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie. Getting a good start from a young age in a French-language environment ensures a smooth transition to school, and promotes learning and success.”

Director of Education Réjean Sirois noted how important he believes early childhood education services to be: “The children of Pembroke are in good hands at La Garderie Les petites mains daycare. What the children begin learning there will be developed in junior and senior kindergarten at the Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie, and throughout their studies, so that each and every student, enriched and inspired by their Catholic and Francophone identity, will progress toward their full potential by becoming critical and creative thinkers, assertive and mature young adults, and engaged and ethical citizens.”

In order to make space for additional children at Les petites mains daycare, construction work will be needed over the coming year. The specific needs will be determined along with the partner and the school, and professional services will then be retained. Depending on how the next steps go, construction may start in spring 2018, to finish in time for back-to-school 2018 or January 2019.

The Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie has 508 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 6, and 300 students from Grade 7 to Grade 12. You can still register your child for the next school year; please contact the school at 613-732-8302 for personalized support.

A balanced $352.1 million budget for the success and well-being of CECCE students

June 7, 2017, OTTAWA The school trustees of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) approved a balanced $352.1 million budget at their regular June 6 meeting in Kingston. This budget will support each student’s success and well-being and implement the CECCE’s vision for the 2017-2018 school year.

“The very high level of confidence that the CECCE’s parents demonstrate by enrolling their children in our French-language Catholic schools enables the CECCE to continue its innovative efforts to transform the learning experience and thereby continue ensuring the success and well-being of each student entrusted to the CECCE,” explained Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the CECCE. “A balanced budget was achieved through growth in enrolment and, in particular, additional funding for local priorities,” she added.

This injection of new funding will allow the CECCE to hire  nearly 80 additional employees to meet students’ and operational needs within the system.

Funding has also been allocated to ensure the continuity of student programs and services, including $9.5 million for cultural identity strategy, $2.5 million for literacy and numeracy coaching and support, $2.5 million for transformation of the learning experience, and $2.8 million for the organization’s caring, health, and well-being strategy.

This budget will also allow for the deployment of targeted strategies and required resources to achieve top-priority objectives, improve the CECCE’s performance, and continue the advancement of the transformation of the learning experience and the development of Student Exit Profile’s 21st Century skills.

Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE, is very pleased with the proposed budget. “The 2017-2018 budget accurately reflects the CECCE’s strategic directions and its vision of excellence and caring. Thanks to careful strategic planning, the CECCE remains focused on the priorities included in its four-year plan under four themes, namely the success and well-being of each student, the transformation of the learning experience, the strengthening of the CECCE’s leadership and influence and the increase of its appeal, and the improvement of the organization’s effectiveness and agility. I am confident that the resource allocation proposed in this budget accurately reflects the commitments set out in the CECCE’s strategic planning, which, we note in passing, places the student at the heart of our concerns.”

This budget represents a $17.4 million increase, or 5.2%, over 2016-2017. This increase is due to factors such as enrollment growth of 464 students and investments in local priorities. It bears repeating that school board funding is based on student enrollment levels.

 

Students at École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité build a large garden for their community

June 5, 2017, OTTAWA - École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité is instilling responsibility and respect for the environment in its students and helping shape future eco-leaders.

During Canadian Environment Week, students at Franco-Cité will work on building a large community and cooperative garden where the school community can grow herbs, flowers, and vegetables, including 26 varieties of tomatoes and 16 varieties of peppers. One of the next big steps in the project, scheduled for the week of June 5, is to transplant seedlings from the greenhouse to the garden boxes.

The idea for the project came from a group of students and Mark Grenier, a Franco-Cité teacher-librarian who is passionate about health and nutrition The students put in a request to build a garden to help people in need and give back to the community. Mr. Grenier supported the students in setting up the community garden, focusing on specific objectives, such as transforming the learning experience and developing an awareness of the importance of healthy eating habits and the concept of food security. Food security is when all human beings have the physical, social, and economic means to consistently provide themselves with adequate, healthy, nutritious food that satisfies their dietary needs and preferences so they can lead healthy, active lives. This living lab will enable students to sample fresh, local products, join the gardening club, use their harvest, and give to their neighbours.

Green initiatives and healthy, local, sustainable food initiatives facilitated by Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) educators have a real impact on students’ actions and help them make informed choices. They help students develop a healthy relationship with the environment and food. “Students have invested their time and energy in a project that matters to them, and they understand why it is important. They have demonstrated such generosity and openness, and I am proud to see them working together to achieve a common goal that will benefit everyone,” said CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe.

“This project is an example of how important it is for the CECCE and its schools to take action to protect and preserve the community’s natural environment, and it encourages healthy eating habits, too. The CECCE is committed to creating authentic learning opportunities that also enable students and their families to connect with nature,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.

11th Edition of Collège catholique Samuel-Genest Special Olympics Another Resounding Success

Friday, May 19, 2017, OTTAWA - Students in the leadership and peer support course at Collège catholique Samuel-Genest organized the 11th edition of the Special Olympics held there today. The sun shone as brightly as the faces of the 185 participants, 90 attendants, and 50 volunteers who participated in the event.

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This year, Camille Rochon, Karl Ambroise and Élissa Donovan planned the event for participants living with a developmental disability. They began preparing in January to make sure everything would be perfect, and all of the events went so smoothly thanks to their hard work. According to Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) Chair Johanne Lacombe, “It’s inspiring to see young people with such strong leadership skills volunteer in their community and develop a sense of social responsibility toward their peers with special needs.”

Many organizations and schools got involved: Petit Bonheur du Patro d’Ottawa, the Centre de transition communautaire, Le Rendez-vous, the Association pour l’intégration sociale d’Ottawa, and 115 students from the following CECCE schools: École élémentaire catholique Horizon-Jeunesse, École élémentaire catholique Montfort, École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne, École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d’Orléans, École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau, École secondaire catholique Garneau, Collège catholique Mer Bleue, Collège catholique Franco-Ouest and, of course, Collège catholique Samuel-Genest.  

The day kicked off with an opening ceremony, then each group went to its designated station to play soccer, race, or participate in shot put or long jump. After the activities, the athletes and organizers enjoyed a well-deserved barbecue, and a medal ceremony capped off the day. Every participant received a souvenir medal and t-shirt. Many said they couldn’t wait to come back again next year!

“This event has become a tradition at Collège catholique Samuel-Genest. There is nothing better than witnessing the joy of the participants and the students who cheer them on. I would like to thank the staff members and students who worked hard to make this day such a success and who gave these young people an opportunity to challenge themselves and have a great time,” said CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois.

 

Outstanding École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges Students Recognized at Annual Specialized Arts Program Gala

Friday, May 19, 2017, OTTAWA - The ninth edition of the Specialized Arts Program Gala, organized by Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)—Arts students in the artistic events creation and coordination course at École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges, was held yesterday evening. Every year, the gala showcases the efforts and achievements of some 300 young artists in their respective disciplines: visual arts, theatre and music.

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The Artist of the Year Award, which comes with a $500 prize from Proulx Farm, went to grade 12 student Annabelle Sauvé. Danick Gratton, also in grade 12, was awarded the Valérie Goneau SHSM Award, which includes a $500 prize from Valérie’s Flutter Foundation. Another grade 12 student, Éric Bélanger, won the Creativity Award and a $100 prize from the Daughters of Isabella.

Visual arts achievement awards were presented to Emmanuelle O’Bryan (grade 9), Élissa Thomas-Richer (grade 10), Kat Holub (grade 11) and Carissa Grondin (grade 12). Theatre achievement awards went to Ryana Balmir (grade 9), Jasmine Fortin (grade 10), Laurent Frenette (grade 11) and Christopher Adrien (grade 12). Music achievement awards were handed out to Catherine Gendron (grade 9), Nicolas Groulx (grade 10), Amanda Clairoux (grade 11) and Samuel Boucher (grade 12).

Two grade 12 students received scholarships for post-secondary studies. Cédric Doyle received a $500 scholarship from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Arts, and Sydney Desormeaux received a $500 scholarship from La Cité.

“The many prizes and awards presented to students during the ceremony are a sure sign that the Franco-Ontarian arts and culture scene is alive and well and that the next generation of artists is ready, willing, and able to change the world, one work of art at a time,” said Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE).

“The works of art exhibited by our visual arts students and the performances by our music and theatre students this evening are a powerful testament to the wellspring of talent in CECCE schools,” said Director of Education Réjean Sirois. “The many specialist programs available in CECCE high schools enable students to discover their talents and passions in the arts and prepare for post-secondary studies,” he added.

 

Grade 6 École élémentaire catholique Montfort Student Wins National Épelle-Moi Canada Championship

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, OTTAWA - The entire Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) community, and the École élémentaire catholique Montfort community in particular, are very proud of their Épelle-Moi Canada national champion, Sophie Galuga. Sophie is in grade 6 at Montfort.

Sophie spelled the words eux, jambon, uniquement, épingle, quitter, habit, xylène, arme, débiteur, menton, habituel, agricultrice, fixer, jonglerie, définir, détente, imbécile, pompon, laboratoire, frapper and bûche to take first place in the junior category during the May 7, 2017, competition at the Toronto Plaza Hotel.

Photo: Junior category champion Sophie Galuga with her sister, Madeleine Galuga, who placed fifth in the primary category.

 

“The CECCE was so proud to see one of its own atop the podium at Épelle-Moi Canada, the first-ever French edition of the Spelling Bee of Canada championships. Épelle-Moi Canada is an extremely enriching experience for all participants, and it accentuates the importance of transmitting Franco-Ontarian culture and a love of the French language to Ontario students,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair.

Another of the seven CECCE students who participated in the national finals in Toronto, Léa Vobonik of École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d’Orléans, placed third in the primary category.

Director of Education Réjean Sirois was very pleased to hear the news. “I’m delighted to see how talented our CECCE students are. The audience witnessed an incredible performance, and the students and their families should be so proud. I also want to applaud the teachers who played such a vital part in preparing the students and helping them succeed, and I thank the organizing committee for setting up this wonderful event,” he said.

 

Long-Term Vision for Kemptville Pavilion of École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys Made Possible with Lease Renewal

April 21, 2017, KEMPTVILLE - Families of children attending the Kemptville Pavilion of École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys can breathe easy knowing that a new long-term lease will enable students to continue their studies on the Kemptville College campus.

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario signed a 10-year lease with two five-year lease renewal options. The lease makes it possible for École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys to continue using Fraser Hall for elementary students and includes exclusive use of Gibson Hall for high school students, who will continue to use the Parish Building until the Gibson Hall redesign and renovation work is completed.

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est Chair Johanne Lacombe is very pleased with the new lease: “When parents choose a school for their children, stability is a very important factor. That so many families in Kemptville and the surrounding area have registered their children at the Kemptville Pavilion of École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys is a sure sign of confidence, and the CECCE is proud to announce the good news about the school’s long-term stability.” Ms. Lacombe is grateful to the parents who helped achieve the CECCE’s objectives for École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys.

CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois says that signing the lease is an important step toward ensuring a promising future for French Catholic education in Kemptville. “Beginning this coming school year, the Kemptville Pavilion of École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys will offer very attractive programming around human and planetary health with a focus on climate change. Now that a long-term lease has been signed, the community can take its vision even farther into the future knowing that the school has found its permanent home on the Kemptville College campus,” he said.

CECCE Announces Attendance Boundaries for its New School in Arnprior

April 3, 2017, OTTAWA - At the March 28, 2017, regular board meeting, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) trustees approved the attendance boundaries for the new Catholic elementary school in Arnprior to open in the fall of 2018.

The new attendance boundaries, which appear in red on the map below, were set following the February 7, 2017, public consultation and comments from the community.

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* Attendance boundaries determine which school a child can attend based on his or her home or home daycare address.

On November 5, 2015, the CECCE obtained approval  to build a French Catholic elementary school in Arnprior for students in junior kindergarten to grade 8. The new school will make French Catholic education available to 250 students who do not currently have access to French education in their area. The CECCE is also planning to make child care available in a new 49-space daycare that can accommodate 10 infants, 15 toddlers and 24 preschoolers. Extended day programs will also be offered.  

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe is confident that the new school will serve the needs of Arnprior and the surrounding area well: “The new attendance boundaries address the concerns and needs of all families in the school communities affected by the changes. They will have access to a school in their community and will no longer have to travel long distances to get French Catholic education for their children.”

Director of Education Réjean Sirois added, “Students who attend the new school and their parents can take pride in being the founders of this new school community. Students will benefit from an excellent Catholic education in French that enables them to develop sustainable bilingualism and pursue their dreams.”

Families with questions about the attendance boundaries may contact Facilities Planner Karolyn Bois at planification@ecolecatholique.ca. Families who want more information about the school are invited to submit the online form available at ecolecatholique.ca/en/Arnprior_161.

 

The CECCE Reaffirms its Commitment to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorde

March 31, 2017, OTTAWA - World Autism Awareness Day is this Sunday, April 2, 2017, and the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is committed to keeping abreast of new pedagogical approaches and offering the best programs and services to support students with autism spectrum disorder.

The CECCE’s school-based educators and Learning Support Services staff work hard to support students with autism. Numerous faculty members play an active role in their social and academic development. School administrators, teachers and teaching assistants are well-versed in the use of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) strategies. They also have access to specialists including speech therapists, ABA coaches, and resource teachers. These specialists assess students and train and support staff in incorporating ABA methods, as recommended by the Ministry of Education. Speech therapists assess students, make recommendations and, in many cases, supervise intensive speech therapy programs. Designated CECCE resource teachers are responsible for working with classroom educators to implement recommendations from ABA coaches and speech therapists.

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe recognizes the importance of these services: “Our team of professionals provides quality services that enable students with autism spectrum disorder to progress academically and socially in our schools. These services give students the opportunity to be their very best in a school environment adapted to meet their unique needs.”

“The CECCE truly appreciates how dedicated staff members are to students with autism spectrum disorder and is committed to meeting their special needs as it strives to ensure the success and well-being of all students, no matter their ability,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.  

Over 150 Students Gather at Student Summit to Talk About Their Dream School

March 23, 2017, OTTAWA - Over 150 Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) high school students gathered in Ottawa today for the first ever Student Summit.

Attendees took in a presentation by Jacques Cool and participated in workshops and discussions with a focus on Building the school of my dreams. This major event gave students an opportunity to meet and talk about issues related to transforming the learning experience. They envisioned their dream school and expressed their expectations for the future of formal education.

​“The goal of the Summit mirrors the CECCE’s vision to engage all students in learning, pursuing their dreams, and building a better world,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “Students’’ contributions to the day’s conversations will be compiled in a report that the board can use to orient its approach to transforming the learning experience while ensuring the success and well-being of each student.”

According to Director of Education Réjean Sirois, “As a leader recognized for transforming the learning experience and for the excellence and caring of its Catholic schools, the CECCE must keep abreast of and embrace new trends in education. Today’s Summit was an ideal opportunity to check in with students about how they see their dream school. To help students grow into ethical and engaged citizens, the CECCE must build schools that reflect who its students are and meet their needs.”

A great deal of work went into preparing for this major event, and the participants were impressed with the results. The tow student trustees who came up with the concept, Catherine Despatie and Pablo Mhanna-Sandoval, collaborated with the CECCE’s team of trained professionals to put together a varied program that gave students a chance to reflect on a number of issues related to 21st-century education. Students also had the opportunity to participate in workshops on emerging pedagogies, technology and student well-being. By the end of the day, all of the participants were brimming with enthusiasm and full of ideas.  

The CECCE launches a pilot project for newcomers to Canada and Syrian refugees

March 22, 2017, OTTAWA – Students of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) who are newcomers to Canada can now benefit from a homework assistance program. The pilot project, called Programme A3 (for “accueil, aide, avenir,” or “welcome, help, future” in French), will offer supplementary academic support to students who are newcomers to Canada in order to help them reach their full academic potential and ensure better integration into, and success at, school.

The chair of the CECCE, Johanne Lacombe, believes this pilot project will be a great success, and that it will be renewed in September. “Many students who are newcomers to Canada, including Syrian families and refugees from other places, face a number of challenges. Generally, these students come from countries where education is significantly disrupted because of armed conflict or unstable political situations. Moreover, some of these students have lived in refugee camps without any schooling at all. As a result, they have trouble adapting to their new school environment. That’s why the CECCE believes this new program will help them better integrate into the French-Catholic school system.”

The Programme A3 will be offered free of charge to students in the CECCE’s elementary schools who are newcomers to Canada or Syrian refugees. It will be held once a week, on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the library of École élémentaire catholique Horizon-Jeunesse.

The CECCE is establishing the program in partnership with the Centre de services à la famille, which is responsible for recruiting volunteers to provide the students with assistance and support. Moreover, there will be CECCE students who, on a volunteer basis, support the students and parents participating in the program by greeting them, as well as helping the volunteer teachers carry out their duties.

“The CECCE cares deeply about the success of each and every student in the board, no matter what their educational background is. That’s why the team decided to create a program to help students who are newcomers to Canada so they can advance in their education, incorporating subjects such as French, math, science and technology. They will also have the opportunity to develop their skills in French and strengthen their knowledge of subjects they have learned previously,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE.

Coffee hour for Syrian families

In keeping with the initiative to support refugees, the CECCE has also launched a series of coffee-hour meetings in order to help Syrian families who have recently settled in Ottawa become integrated into Canadian society.

These meetings, hosted by CECCE community partners, will allow Syrian parents to ask questions and gain the information they need in order to understand how Canadian society functions and better integrate into it. The meetings will also give Syrian families a chance to familiarize themselves with the school system and how CECCE schools are run.

The meetings will take place two Saturdays a month, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the library of École élémentaire catholique Horizon-Jeunesse. In order to accommodate parents, a children’s play group, hosted by volunteers in an adjacent room, will also be offered during the meeting times to entertain children with educational games and creative activities.

Students Tattoo their Bottles for World Water Day

March 22, 2017, OTTAWA - To mark World Water Day on March 22, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) high schools are participating in “Tattoo your bottle”. As part of the CECCE’s waste reduction and sustainable development strategy, this activity aims to raise students’ awareness of the harmful effects of disposable plastic water bottles and encourage them to use reusable bottles.

This week, graffiti artists Dominique Boisvenue and Alexandre Aimée will facilitate graffiti workshops for CECCE high school students, who will then tattoo their own reusable water bottles. Over the lunch hour, the budding graffiti artists will set up booths to hand out the tattooed water bottles to students who pledge to avoid bottled water in favour of their unique new environmentally friendly bottles.

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe is very proud of this initiative. “I want to congratulate all of the staff who are helping students understand why it is so important to take care of the planet the Creator has given us. The CECCE has 31 provincially certified EcoShools, more than any other French school board in Ontario. Activities like ‘Tattoo your bottle’ encourage students to become more mindful of their environment and their fellow human beings,” said Ms. Lacombe.  

“This activity is a wonderful way for CECCE students and staff to implement principles laid out in the sustainable development and ecocitizenship committee’s waste reduction strategy. When students pledge to avoid using disposable bottles in favour of reusable ones, they are growing into their role as engaged and ethical citizens,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.  

This initiative is part of the CECCE’s sustainable development and ecocitizenship plan. It is also aligned with the new concentration in Human and Planetary Health with a focus on climate change that will be offered at the beginning of the 2017 school year at the École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys high school pavilion in Kemptville. This unique specialized program will enable students to develop critical thinking skills around major social challenges involving the environment, health and sustainable development.

Francophonie Month: CECCE Students Test their Knowledge of Francophone Culture

March 3, 2017, OTTAWA - Grade 5 Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) students kicked Francophonie Month off in style with Folie Furieuse, an interactive team game.

The first part of the event took place yesterday at École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard, and the second is happening today at Collège catholique Mer Bleue. Teams of eight grade 5 students face off in a friendly competition that’s all about discovering and developing an appreciation for francophone artists.

Throughout the day, students answer quiz questions and participate in lip sync competitions, putting on performances that they have been practicing for the past few weeks. Judges select winners based on whether the singers’ lip movements match the words and give points for presentation (costumes, sets, instruments and moves) and overall performance (originality, creativity, humour, expression and ability to capture the audience’s attention).  

According to CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois, “this is a win for all of the participants. Students enjoy an enriching experience and have lots of fun testing their knowledge of francophone culture and discovering new artists and new ways to construct their cultural identity.”

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe is delighted with the event. “This gathering gives students from different schools an opportunity to get together and strengthen their sense of connection to and pride in our wonderful francophone Catholic community.”

To prepare for the event, students spent several months learning about artists and playing games based on their careers and songs. Students will use the material presented in class to play one of the main event games hosted by high school students at the March 3 gathering at Collège catholique Mer Bleue. Students and staff are all very excited about Folie furieuse!

New French Catholic Elementary School in Ottawa for 2017

March 1, 2017, OTTAWA -  The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is pleased to announce that it will be opening a new elementary school in 2017 for families in the Glebe, Sandy Hill, Centretown, Old Ottawa South and Old Ottawa East. The new French Catholic elementary school will accommodate up to 250 students from junior kindergarten to grade 6. The CECCE is also looking to open a daycare in the same building for the coming school year.

The CECCE keeps abreast of new developments in the field of education and strives to transform the learning experience for the 21st century. The new Finnish-inspired elementary school will have a global outlook and will offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois believes that this pedagogical approach will appeal to many families. “Parents will have the opportunity to choose a school whose pedagogy is based on the latest developments in the field of education. Teaching periods will be shorter and will alternate with breaks for physical and outdoor activity. Several additional projects will tie in with the sustainable development and green school values that are extremely important to the CECCE. I want to emphasize that parents will be actively involved in their children’s academic life and will collaborate in developing each student’s full potential.”

At the beginning of the 2017 school year, students will be housed in a temporary location at 88 Main Street near Saint Paul University while Ashcroft Homes completes work on the permanent site in the heritage building at 330 Gilmour Street in time for the 2018 school year. “Over the longer term, this modern urban building will cater to an active community that cares about the environment and sustainable development. Students will enjoy safe access to a rooftop schoolyard and green spaces,” said project developer David Choo, President of Ashcroft Homes.  

 

Ashcroft Homes concepts for 330 Gilmour Street

“This is excellent news for families in the community. Many parents have told the CECCE they want a French Catholic school in the area,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “All francophone and exogamous families should have the option of choosing an excellent French-language education based on Catholic values for their children. This new school gives them that option.”

The board will work with the community to determine the new school’s attendance boundaries in the coming weeks. Parent councils at neighbouring schools have already been consulted, and a public consultation will take place on Thursday, March 23.

A New Human and Planetary Health Concentration for Students at the École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys High School Pavilion in Kemptville

March 1, 2017, OTTAWA - For the 2017 school year, students at the École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys high school pavilion in Kemptville will have the option of enrolling in the preconcentration and concentration in Human and Planetary Health with a focus on climate change. This specialized, comprehensive program will be available to all students in grades 7 to 10 in 2017 and will be expanded to grade 11 in 2018 and grade 12 in 2019.

“This new specialized program at the Kemptville pavilion is excellent news for students because it will give them an opportunity to engage in immersive learning about Human and Planetary Health with a focus on climate change. Students will hone their critical thinking around major societal challenges involving the environment, health, and sustainable development. While in the program, they will develop eco-responsible attitudes and behaviours,” said Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE).  Ms. Lacombe wishes to thank the parents and staff on the ad hoc committee that validated the parameters of the new program.

Students in the Human and Planetary Health concentration will focus on specific themes in each grade:

  • Grade 7: healthy body, healthy mind (investigating the impact of nutrition, mental health and school-life balance on health), nature’s shifting balance (examining the repercussions of natural phenomena and climate change)
  • Grade 8: high on health, high on life, environmental safety measures
  • Grade 9: voluntary simplicity (food and housing)
  • Grade 10: the legacy of black gold (my ecological footprint, the fossil fuel economy)
  • Grade 11: the changing nature of nature (climate change and tourism, health and climate change)
  • Grade 12: biotechnology

CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois is excited about this new program, whose content is an ideal fit with where 21st-century schools are heading. “The impacts of climate change on the environment, health, and sustainable development will be issues of major concern to future generations. The Human and Planetary Health program will raise students’ awareness of these realities and offer them academic training focused on developing citizenship values and eco-responsibility to help them become engaged and ethical citizens. Offered in collaboration with various community partners, this new program will give students access to career exploration opportunities, co-op placements, special training, and certifications.”

The CECCE is offering this concentration following public consultations with the École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys community to ascertain the needs and interests of families and students. During the consultations, it soon became clear that participants were very interested in a program focused on various aspects of health and the environment.

Collège catholique Franco-Ouest to Add Programs and Enhance Facilities

March 1, 2017, OTTAWA - For the 2017 school year, students at Collège catholique Franco-Ouest will have the option of enrolling in either of two new specialized programs, and renovations this year will enhance their school environment.  

New Specialized Programs Added

For 2017-18, students can enroll in the Communications and Media preconcentration or concentration in connection with the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Information and Communications Technology and Focus programs in graphic design, photography and television production already available at Franco-Ouest. “In the digital age, communication is an essential skill for academic, social and professional success. Thanks to an innovative pedagogical approach, students will engage in an in-depth learning experience through challenging and stimulating projects that involve the use of cutting-edge technology and media,” said Johanne Lacombe, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) Chair.

For 2018-19, Franco-Ouest’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which is currently offered to students in grades 7 and 8, will be expanded to grade 9 and 10 students, enabling all students to access the Middle Years Programme so they can benefit from pedagogical practices unique to IB. “Making the International Baccalaureate program available to all grade 7 to 10 students in 2018 is a perfect fit with the CECCE’s student profile upon exiting school because it fosters critical and creative thinking, analysis and problem-solving, and conversations around beliefs and personal values. It encourages students to reflect and get involved in their community,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.

The Collège catholique Franco-Ouest is introducing these enhancements to specialized programs following consultations with students, school staff and parents with a view to addressing families’ needs and interests. A number of findings emerged from the consultations along with proposed courses of action to ensure that programming provides students in grades 7 to 12 with specialized training and enables them to learn more about fields that excite them.

Renovations

In 2017, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est will invest in renovations at Collège catholique Franco-Ouest that include replacing lockers and ceiling tiles, painting some hallways, refurbishing some washrooms and replacing the folding partition in the gymnasium. The CECCE will also reconfigure the cafeteria, the music room, and gym change rooms and add a universal washroom.

 

École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne Resonates with Sights and Sounds of Africa in Celebration of Black History Month

February 24, 2017, OTTAWA - Engaging activities abounded during École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne’s week-long celebration of Black History Month that ended on a high note with an Africa-themed cultural extravaganza on February 24.

Students and staff gathered in the gym to enjoy an African costume parade presented by students, dance demonstrations, tam-tam performances and gospel songs by the Rachetés de l’Éternel.

The mood was one of delight and fascination as students spent an afternoon celebrating African culture and learning more about African customs. This event was a fitting finale to a week spent exploring the significant contribution Black people have made to the Canadian community in fields ranging from education to science to business.

Throughout the week, students were treated to daily morning PA messages about prominent Black figures. The school also organized activities including the following:

  • Mass featuring African rites conducted by Father Papy Léonel Manengo of Notre-Dame-de-L'île church
  • A bulletin board display depicting a crown fashioned of black and white handprints, on which students wrote values and their countries of origin, encircling the Earth  
  • Art exhibit (African works of art)
  • Guest appearances by immigrants including a pastor, a servicewoman, a lawyer, a nurse, and a university professor who discussed immigration, integration and culture with the students
  • Films about historical figures such as Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.

“Diversity, inclusiveness and equality are among the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est’s core values, so it is important for schools to organize activities that raise students’ awareness of the Black struggle and their victories in pursuit of equality,“ said Johanne Lacombe, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) Chair.  “We encourage this kind of initiative because it spotlights the mosaic of cultures and ethnic origins that enriches our schools immeasurably,” added CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois.

 

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est Signs a Collaboration Agreement with Four Belgian Diocesan Education Centres

February 21, 2017, OTTAWA -  The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to announce that it has signed a collaboration agreement with four Belgian diocesan education centres. The CECCE is also pleased to have brought the other seven Ontario French Catholic school boards into this partnership, which will enable participating educational institutions to develop a series of cooperative educational activities. Every party to the agreement will be invited to join the conversation and share their experiences, knowledge, teaching and learning methods and materials with institutions in the partner country.

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The parties will promote teacher exchanges in an international mobility context and through job swaps and will facilitate short-term exchanges for high school students as well as professional internships within the institutions that have signed on to the agreement. The agreement also sets out parameters for continuing professional development, dialogue around innovative educational practices, and programs in the field of pedagogical counselling to improve quality of education.

“Because the CECCE is known as a leader in transforming the learning experience, I strongly believe that the board’s highly skilled personnel have much to contribute to this partnership by sharing their expertise in the areas of leadership focused on the learning experience, change management and team mobilization with Belgian education professionals,” said Réjean Sirois, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est Director of Education. “The CECCE also has much to gain from this collaboration and knowledge sharing opportunity, and we are particularly interested in learning more about specializations in Belgian schools,” he added.

With student development, well-being and success at the forefront of its mission, the CECCE keeps abreast of teaching methods and innovations in the field of education that can enhance students’ learning experience. The CECCE is thrilled with this agreement, which will lead to a better understanding of best practices unique to the Belgian educational context. The board is also very interested in learning more about partnerships between the education sector and the private sector, which are common in Belgium. In addition, all of the Belgian educational institutions that are party to the agreement are Catholic, which will allow the parties to base their thought processes on shared values rooted in the principles of Catholicity.

This is not the first time that the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est has engaged in sharing knowledge and expertise with Belgian diocesan education centres. Recently, CECCE superintendents and principals travelled to Belgium to provide training in connection with the professional learning community (PLC). In the spring of 2016, 11 delegates from the diocesan secondary and post-secondary education service visited five Ottawa high schools to discuss the culture of change, the CECCE’s intervention strategies, the Student Success Strategy, support systems and work being done by collaborative teams. Another Belgian delegation will come to Ontario in May to participate in a school principals’ learning network on managing  improvement and school improvement plans.

“This is a natural partnership because, as an education leader in Ontario, the CECCE is proud to network with colleagues in Belgium, not only to share successful practices in use in its schools, but to foster dialogue and draw inspiration from what is going on elsewhere in the world. This collaboration with Belgian educational institutions will also help us innovate and transform how we do things so that we can enable students to learn differently while ensuring their success and well-being,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair.

Teacher from École élémentaire catholique Élisabeth-Bruyère receives the Laurier education stakeholder of the year award

February 17, 2017, OTTAWA - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to congratulate Valérie Meilleur for winning the Laurier intervenante en éducation de l’année (Laurier education stakeholder of the year) award at the 17th annual BernardGrandmaître awards gala held last night at the Aviation Museum in Ottawa.

Valérie Meilleur’s nomination was self-evident for the CECCE, since Miss Meilleur, a teacher at École élémentaire catholique Élisabeth-Bruyère, is an example to students at the school and to the francophone community at large.​

“In schools, there are some people whose enthusiasm, passion and dynamism are contagious, and who spread energy to those around them: Miss Meilleur is one of them. As a teacher and assistant cultural facilitator at the elementary level, Miss Meilleur is the source of a number of activities that promote the French language and francophone culture in the École Élisabeth-Bruyère school community. She is always attentive to her students, and successfully motivates them through her authenticity, humour and joie de vivre.  She is committed to a sense of pride in and belonging to francophone culture in all her initiatives. As a devotee of cultural approaches to teaching, she knows how to convey her passion for Franco-Ontarian culture to her students,” said Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the CECCE.

The CECCE would also like to acknowledge the nomination of Catherine Despatie, a student at Collège catholique Franco-Ouest, in the Laurier CECCE jeunesse de l’année (Laurier CECCE youth of the year) category. Her involvement in francophone life at school, and her commitment to student government and to the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est fill the CECCE with pride and make her a truly inspiring role model for young francophones everywhere.

The CECCE’s director of education, Réjean Sirois, was very pleased by the recognition given to Valérie Meilleur at the Bernard-Grandmaître awards gala. “Many of the students and staff members at the CECCE’s schools are actively involved in outreach within the francophone community, so I’m thrilled when some of them are recognized by their peers and the wider community for their involvement.”

These awards, presented by the Association des communautés francophones d’Ottawa (ACFO), pay tribute to people who have had an impact on the francophone community in the national capital region through their commitment and leadership in promoting and developing the Franco-Ontarian community, and highlight the personal and professional achievements of individuals, as well as their social engagement with francophone identity.

Joint Protocol for Student Achievement (JPSA) Unlocking Dreams, Opening Doors!

February 16, 2017, OTTAWA - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to be an official signatory to the Joint Protocol for Student Achievement led by the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO).

The protocol, whose theme is “Unlocking dreams, opening doors”, is intended to facilitate collaboration between CASO and Ottawa school boards in their efforts to promote the academic success of students in kindergarten to grade 12 who are in the care of or receiving services from CASO.

The protocol that was signed today will ensure better services for students to help them succeed and obtain their Ontario secondary school diploma. According to data from the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, in 2014-15, only 46% of Ontario’s Crown wards graduated from high school compared to the province’s overall graduation rate of 85.5%. The graduation rate for CECCE students is 96%.

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe believes that the board must bring every necessary strategy to bear so that all students can reach their full potential. “Regardless of a student’s unique family circumstances, the CECCE is responsible for supporting them and giving them the tools to achieve their very best.”

To implement the protocol throughout CECCE schools, the board has set up a liaison committee to facilitate collaboration among CASO, school principals and specialized staff. This will enable CECCE personnel to monitor each student’s academic progress, ensure that they get the support services they need for their well-being, and help them succeed.

CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois is very pleased with this important partnership: “This protocol will facilitate information sharing between school boards and the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa to ensure the well-being and success of every student receiving their services.”

EQAO Praises École élémentaire catholique La Vérendrye

February 15, 2017, OTTAWA École élémentaire catholique La Vérendrye of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) garnered high praise from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) for implementing winning strategies based on provincial test data analysis.

“Thanks to the dedication, engagement and expertise of teaching staff at École élémentaire catholique La Vérendrye, more students succeeded and achieved the provincial standard,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “École élémentaire catholique La Vérendrye is an excellent example of how analyzing EQAO test data along with data collected by the teaching staff is a proven approach to developing effective teaching strategies adapted to each school community. I would also like to salute the excellent work and exemplary leadership of Principal Suzanne Charron-Houle,” he added. 

Thirty-one percent of students who completed the mathematics component of the provincial test in grade 3 improved their performance and reached the provincial standard in grade 6, and 67% of them maintained their math performance between grades 3 and 6. This degree of improvement is 20% higher than the provincial average. In all, 9 out of 10 grade 6 students at La Vérendrye met or exceeded the provincial standard (levels 3 and 4).

At École élémentaire catholique La Vérendrye, teaching staff maintain very detailed tracking boards for every student throughout the year. This puts relevant information at their fingertips when they are making decisions for the current school year or future years and ensures that all staff members are aware of every child’s individual needs.

Communication is another very important component of the school community’s strategy to improve student performance. Teachers regularly give students feedback on how to improve their performance.

Student well-being is a third component that fosters improved performance. Teachers place a high priority on the relationships they build with each student. That relationship begins before students even arrive in the classroom. Teaching staff are available to help students at all times, including at recess and lunch. This makes students feel happy and safe at school and builds up their self-confidence.

“Parents of students at La Vérendrye reap the benefits of entrusting their children’s education to a school with such a wonderful culture of success,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “Team spirit, cooperation, and supportive and available teaching staff combine to create a caring, well-structured environment for students and to reassure parents that their children are in good hands.”

École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne launches a community arts education project to mark the 150th anniversary of Ottawa’s Lowertown

February 7, 2017, OTTAWA - École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne has decided to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ottawa’s Lowertown neighbourhood in a big way, by joining forces with the Vox Théâtre company to launch a major project for the francophone community

The aim of the project is to offer students, teachers, local residents and artists a unique cultural and theatrical experience. Starting this spring, participants will take part in every step of the process of creating a theatrical work, right through to the public performance, which is to take place in fall 2017 at La Nouvelle Scène theatre.

“This project has perfect synergy with the mission of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) to transform the learning experience, since, in addition to providing an innovative and concrete way for students to learn and develop their skills, it will also give them an opportunity to go out and meet people in their community. This knowledge-sharing between community members, including seniors, newcomers to Canada, members of community organizations and the students at École Sainte-Anne, will greatly enrich the lives of everyone involved,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE.

The Vox Théâtre company, which has more than 35 years of experience in the performing arts, will direct the project and hold workshops for participants in order to guide them through the creative process. Workshops will include set design, puppetry, playwriting, acting, voice, singing, and so on.

“I don’t know yet what form this theatrical work will take, and that’s what I find the most exciting about this project. Over the course of the meetings with the students and community members, their ideas will take shape and evolve, leading to a final product that is completely unique,” said Pier Rodier, General Manager and Artistic Director.

The CECCE’s Chair, Johanne Lacombe, is confident the project will contribute to the renewal of francophone culture in Ottawa’s Lowertown. “This project will help strengthen ties with the francophone community in the neighbourhood, and highlight the cultural richness of the people who live there. It will also be a unique experience for the students at École Sainte-Anne, who will be creating a theatrical work that reflects the vitality of the francophone community and the multiculturalism of Lowertown.”

The CECCE launches an innovative Sport-Study program in gymnastics, in partnership with Les Sittelles Gymnastics Club

January 31, 2017, OTTAWA – Today at a press conference, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) announced an innovative new program in Orleans aimed at students from Grades 4 to 12, in partnership with Les Sittelles Gymnastics Club, to start in the 2017-2018 school year.

“This French-language Sport-Study program in gymnastics is the first of its kind in Ottawa, and the CECCE is proud to be taking the innovative step of offering the program as early as Grade 4,” said Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the CECCE. “The program will improve quality of life for participating families, because they will have at least 2.5 hours of gymnastics included in the school day, which means less time spent training on evenings and weekends. Not to mention that classes will be held right in the gymnastics club facilities for students from Grades 4 to 8, reducing their travel burden.” Furthermore, in Grades 4 to 8, no homework will be assigned.

The new program being introduced is flexible and tailored to the students. Students in Grades 4 to 8 will follow the personalized instruction model in the Les Sittelles facilities, guided by CECCE teachers. As for the high school model, it will be designed on a student-by-student basis and customized to their needs. These students will take their academic classes on line or at the high school in their neighbourhood. Also, depending on their pathway, students may be able to earn a credit in physical education and a credit under the co-op program for participating in the Sport-Study gymnastics program.

In addition to a flexible, customized academic program, student-athletes will also benefit from made-to-measure training. Each athlete will be monitored by a team of dynamic coaches certified by Gymnastics Ontario and the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Students will train from August to June in order to reach their personal movement or performance objectives based on the Ontario Competitive Program (OCP) developed by Gymnastics Ontario, and will participate in competitions at their level.

The CECCE Director of Education, Réjean Sirois, believes this innovative program will help students achieve a better school-life balance. “Student athletes will be able to fulfill their 12 to 19 hours of training per week without sacrificing their studies or social life. They will also be encouraged to develop their physical abilities, their personal discipline, and their concentration, cooperation and friendship skills in a positive, inclusive and safe environment where they will be able to flourish in a French-Catholic setting.”

The President of Les Sittelles Gymnastics Club, Monique Lalonde, said she was thrilled with this partnership, which will make it easier to coordinate student-athletes’ study and training schedules, and that she hopes it will help more young people discover the wonderful sport of gymnastics.

Because space is limited, admission evaluations will be conducted in March by Les Sittelles in order to determine which athletes qualify for the gymnastics program. Families interested in enrolling in the program can find more details (in French only) at www.ecolecatholique.ca/gymnastique.

Two CECCE principals recognized with Canada’s Outstanding Principals Awards

January 31, 2017, OTTAWA – For the 4th year in a row, principals from the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) will be honoured at the Canada’s Outstanding Principals Awards Gala, to be held February 28, 2017, in Toronto. The CECCE was proud to learn that Lucille Plante, Principal of École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître, and Sylvain Plourde, Director of the Service de soutien à l’apprentissage, volet enfance en difficulté (School Board Educational Services, Special Education Section), have been selected as two of 40 school principals across Canada to receive the national award presented by The Learning Partnership. Only 15 principals in Ontario were chosen for this prestigious award.

For Sylvain Plourde, a veteran educator, engaged leader, and inspiring director, this honour is well deserved, in light of his exceptional personal and professional qualities, and his involvement in and impact on the academic success of each and every student and the development of his employees’ skills. With more than 32 proud years of experience at the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, Mr. Plourde’s leadership has focused on student success, and he has put experts to work in teams and offered training and tools, but above all, he has instilled in the CECCE a belief that all exceptional students and students with special needs must be given every chance to succeed.

Lucille Plante has worked for 20 years on mobilizing her staff and making the CECCE’s schools places where caring, student success, and a thriving team and community go perfectly hand-in-hand. Her remarkable open-mindedness, her willingness to question herself and accept criticism, her talent for fostering interpersonal relationships, and her compassion make her a natural leader and an example for the school community. According to her, she has quite simply the best job in the world, and that’s what drives her to push harder every day.

“It’s an honour for the CECCE to be able to count principals like Mrs. Plante and Mr. Plourde among its team members. These two individuals stand out for their leadership in education, their involvement with the community, and their use of innovative methods that have a direct impact on student success,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE. “I’m highly aware of the value of the employees that make up the CECCE team, so I’m very proud whenever some of them have the chance to be recognized by the wider community. There are also several others who are similarly deserving of this honour.”

The CECCE’s Chair, Johanne Lacombe, added, “It’s thanks to principals like Mrs. Plante et Mr. Plourde that the CECCE continues to be recognized as a leader for transforming the learning experience, and for its excellence and caring. They both have a positive impact on the daily lives of their students, and are role models of leadership for the school community.”

Principals who receive the awards will participate in an exclusive leadership training program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, one of the most renowned business schools in the country.

They will also be inducted into The Learning Partnership’s National Academy, which currently has more than 400 members, all of whom are leaders in education and past recipients of the award.

 

École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d’Orléans awarded $3,000 for its Genius Hour project

January 17, 2017, OTTAWA – École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d’Orléans is one of the 7 Ontario schools chosen as recipients of the #DesjardinsFoundation Prize, awarded for an innovative project aimed at educational and community stakeholders. Thanks to a $3,000 donation from Desjardins financial group, 275 children from École Saint-Joseph d’Orléans will be able to develop their passions through the Genius Hour project.                                                                                                      

The project, whose slogan is Pensons Passions (Where Passions Come Alive), allows students in grades 1 through 6 to come together in small groups for an hour a week to work on a topic they’re passionate about.

Launched in spring 2016, the project began with a consultation between staff and students to identify the fields they were interested in. A dozen major themes emerged, allowing groups of students to be formed. Whether they share an interest in robotics, the culinary arts, the environment, community, construction, dance, or other areas, students will have the chance to get together every week to conduct research and develop a project based on their passion.

“I think it’s wonderful that the students will have an opportunity to learn about topics that stimulate their interest. By working on projects they’re passionate about, research shows that students are more motivated and engaged in their education,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE. “I would also like to thank the school staff for their commitment and dedication to the students. Moreover, the $3,000 received from the #DesjardinsFoundation Prize will help École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d’Orléans buy teaching materials to make it easier for students to do research and learn during their weekly Genius Hour session.”

​CECCE Chair, Johanne Lacombe, was also enthusiastic about the news. “I was pleased to learn that École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d’Orléans was getting funds to support its innovative teaching initiative. The students’ excitement around this project really shows how it can be more fun to learn and easier to succeed when education meets passion.”

School principal, Stéphane Bergeron, has also been very satisfied with the project’s positive impact on the students, who seem more involved, more interested, and more motivated in their learning. Moreover, they will also have a chance to present the results of their research and work to their classmates and the school community at the school’s open house on Friday, May 5, 2017. He hastened to add, “This project was made possible through the exceptional cooperation between the school team, and the outstanding work of the school’s ‘lead’ teachers. Becoming a lifelong learner is the heart and soul of the Genius Hour project.”

Ministers Hunter and Lalonde visit returning students at Collège catholique Mer Bleue

January 10, 2017, OTTAWA -   Collège catholique Mer Bleue staff and students welcomed two special visitors Monday afternoon to kick off the New Year with a bang. The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Ontario's Minister of Education, and the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, visited the new school, which opened its doors last August.

Robert Lemelin, Vice-Chair of the CECCE, was pleased with the visit. "I very much appreciate that the ministers took the time to talk with CECCE school trustees and address some of our priority issues. The visit was also an ideal opportunity to take them around the new facility and introduce them to students who are happy and proud to be at the school."

Réjean Sirois, Director of Education for the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), was delighted with the Education Minister's first visit to a CECCE school. "The presence of the Minister of Education and the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs in a CECCE school is an opportune time to showcase the quality of programs offered in the French-language Catholic schools."

The two ministers were welcomed by the school band playing in the school atrium. They went on to visit a Design classroom, where inventive Grade 9 students showed them their mousetrap racer creations. The ministers were also invited into a special education classroom, where students presented them with a greeting card they had made that morning. 

In addition to the mainstream curriculum, Collège catholique Mer Bleue students can also challenge themselves and explore future possibilities by enrolling in the International Baccalaureate (IB) or Design programs. This state-of-the-art facility offers a range of specialized courses in a given area as well as an enrichment program for students looking for more advanced academic challenges.

With an enrollment of over 350 students, Collège catholique Mer Bleue has far exceeded initial enrolment forecasts. The school is likely to eventually reach its maximum capacity of 800 students, given that it only offered Grades 7 to 10 during its first year of operation; Grade 11 will be added in 2017, and Grade 12 in 2018.

 

First Christmas for Syrian Families in CECCE Schools

December 9, 2016, OTTAWA - One year after Syrian refugees began arriving in Canada, some 250 people will gather at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, at Collège catholique Samuel-Genest for a Christmas celebration.

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), which seeks opportunities throughout the year to strengthen its relationship with the community, wanted to be present for the new Syrian families’ first Christmas. Most of these families are now well established, and the closing days of 2016 are the perfect time to take stock of how they are doing a year after their arrival.  

One year later, the first family of Syrian refugees to register in a Conseil des écoles
catholiques du Centre-Est school is adjusting wonderfully well. The children have
​ learned French and are doing very well in school.

“Advent is a time of sharing, welcoming, contemplation and gratitude for members of the CECCE community, so it is a perfect time for the board to check in with these new families and thank them for putting their trust in CECCE schools and Francophone Catholic culture,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.

“All members of the CECCE are proud of the board’s community involvement and, in keeping with our tradition of caring and sharing, we wish to embrace and affirm our support for new families in the community by organizing community activities like this one. Participating in Christmas celebrations is a wonderful opportunity to meet these families and strengthen their trust in the CECCE,” added CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe.

Video of a Syrian family: https://youtu.be/5UwPed_-0DQ

Johanne Lacombe to Serve Second Term as CECCE Chair

December 7, 2016, OTTAWA - During its annual organizational meeting yesterday evening, more than 100 people were present, when school board trustees gave Johanne Lacombe a second term as Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) and elected Robert Lemelin as Vice-Chair.

Johanne Lacombe has been the trustee for Orleans for six years and was Vice-Chair for two years before being elected as Chair for the first time last year.

“I am proud to represent the province’s top-performing French Catholic school board as Chair for the second year in a row. I thank my colleagues for their ongoing confidence and their incredible contributions to achieving the CECCE’s vision and making it a leader recognized for transforming the learning experience, for the excellence and caring of its Catholic schools, and for its synergy with the community,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair.

Trustees elected Robert Lemelin, who has been a member of the CECCE board as the trustee for Renfrew South Algonquin for three years, to support Ms. Lacombe as Vice-Chair.

Director of education Réjean Sirois presented highlights of his 2015-16 annual report during the annual organizational meeting, crediting a trained team of skilled professionals with the results: “I am very proud of our staff and their dedication, which have enabled us to achieve great things all year long. I sincerely thank all of the families that choose to enroll their children in one of the CECCE’s 54 schools.”

The 2015-16 annual report is available (French only) on the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est’s website at www.ecolecatholique.ca/rapportannuel.

 

The Faucons bring home the gold in the OFSAA provincial volleyball tournament

November 29, 2016, OTTAWA – The senior boys’ volleyball team from École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité, the Faucons, were victorious in the tournament held last Saturday, November 26, by the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) in Windsor. In a hard-fought final that pitted the Faucons against the Stratford Central Secondary School Rams, the team excelled in order to claim the gold.

The Director of Education of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), Réjean Sirois, was very pleased by the victory. “The grade 11 and 12 players on the senior boys’ volleyball team wrapped up a dream season, with an incredible, dominating performance as a group in this important provincial tournament. This is the team’s second OFSAA title in 3 years. The players really have something to be proud of: all their effort has paid off in a big way,” he said.

Their victory is also partly thanks to the involvement and dedication of coaches Réjean Godmaire and Thierry Lavigne, who have motivated the players and pushed them to this level. CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe added, “École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité counts on its diverse program offering to meet the needs and interests of students in order to engage them and encourage them to excel. Furthermore, the students at Franco-Cité regularly stand out in sports, because the school invests actively in physical health, offering a Sport-Study program and Specialist High Skills Majors in Health and Wellness and in Sports, in addition to the regular Grade 7 to 12 program.”

A CECCE Student Awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

OTTAWA, November 10 2016 – On November 8, Cassandra Joli-Coeur, a Grade 9 student at the CECCE’s Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel, was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor-General of Canada at the event Evening of Inspiration. This honour is presented on behalf of the Governor-General, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, to Canadian volunteers who invest their time and energy in helping others.

“Cassie, as her classmates call her, stands out for her exceptional leadership in terms of community involvement. As a dynamic, intelligent, passionate young woman who is full of life and gratitude for the world around her, she is a role model for students across the school board,” said Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est.

Cassie is involved in a huge number of areas, giving her time freely and expecting nothing in return but the pleasure of helping others who are in greater need. She does a lot of volunteer work both at school and in the community. She has travelled to destinations such as the Netherlands and the Philippines with the group Children’s International Summer Village (CISV) in order to build ties with young people around the world, she organized a campaign to collect used sweaters to send to disadvantaged people in Belarus, and she helped sort used clothing at Centennial Road Church in order to help those in need in her community.

In her day-to-day life, Cassie is on bus patrol, serves as a member of student government, keeps score during basketball games, helps with her school’s food and stocking drives for the social enterprise Me to We, and serves church suppers. On top of all that, she finds the time to be an athlete and compete on the Brockville Blazers A-Team in basketball.

“She’s a remarkable student who makes the CECCE very proud. She embodies, to an amazing degree, the values of caring and peer-help taught in CECCE schools. In her own way, she is making a difference, one action at a time!” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE.

Let’s Talk About Our Kids! 5th CECCE Parents’ Forum a Success

OTTAWA, November 10, 2016 - The fifth edition of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) parents’ forum, which took place last Saturday, was once again a success. Dozens of parents attended the lectures and workshops to explore a common theme: Let’s talk about our kids!

This year’s format encouraged more interaction among parents. They had opportunities to ask questions and interact with a panel of experts from the CECCE and a partner organization brought together to discuss topics suggested by parents in advance. Experts from the CECCE and the community were invited to contribute to the discussions and talk about board resources available to families. The panel included the principal of Learning Support Services, Special Education; the board’s mental health lead; and social workers.

“Participants enjoyed the panel discussion and the workshops so much and found the subjects so interesting and pertinent that they wanted the forum to last longer,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “During the forum, experts discussed very relevant issues such as anxiety in children, cyberbullying, and parent-teen relationships. It is important for the CECCE to ensure that parents are aware of the resources the board can offer to families that need them.”

“This free event gave families an opportunity to meet and talk about something that matters to all parents: their children’s well-being,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “The success of the fifth edition validates the board’s investment in a forum to give parents the tools and answers they need to better understand their children and better support their development and success. The positive correlation between parents’ involvement in their children’s education and greater academic success is undeniable.”

For those who were not able to attend the event or who want more information, a report on the forum will be available to parents on the CECCE website (www.ecolecatholique.ca/forum) in a few weeks. 

Engaged CECCE Students Participate in WE Day

November 8, 2016, OTTAWA - Tomorrow, 240 students from nine Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) schools will join tens of thousands of young people for WE Day Ottawa, an annual event in celebration of a year of action to transform communities and change lives.  

Students earned tickets to this phenomenal event by taking action and making social change locally and globally through the WE movement.

According to Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education, “This type of activity aligns perfectly with the CECCE’s student profile upon finishing school: all students, enriched and inspired by their Catholic and Francophone identity, will progress toward their full potential by becoming critical and creative thinkers, assertive and mature young adults, and engaged and ethical citizens. I applaud our engaged and dedicated school staff who guide each student toward success.”

During the event, Mélanie Rainville, a teacher at École élémentaire catholique Roger-Saint-Denis, will be honoured for her engagement and her dedication to fostering in her students a desire to take action and make a difference. Last year, she and her class were involved in a number of projects that had a major impact. They organized a food drive for the Kanata Food Cupboard and raised funds for WE with a hot meal sale and a bake sale. Ms. Rainville and her class also organized a Halloween costume drive to help less fortunate students at their school, a winter clothing drive for the Snowsuit Fund, and a pet food and supplies drive for the Ottawa Humane Society.

On WE Day, students and teachers will be inspired by engaged individuals who are making real change in the world around them.

“It is inspiring to see CECCE students and teachers get engaged in their community and work to make a difference,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “I truly believe that the principles of Catholic education and Christian values inspire students and staff to pursue their dreams and build a better world.”

No Funding for New Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est Schools

October 31, 2016, OTTAWA - The CECCE is very disappointed that it was not granted any funding for new school construction during the latest round of funding.

Because of continuously increasing enrolment, the CECCE has received funding to build new schools every year for the past 10 years. That includes funding for its two new schools in Orleans and the new school planned for Arnprior.

There are 750 more students enrolled in CECCE schools now than at this time last year, enough to fill two elementary schools.

The CECCE is still seeking funding for its Kemptville pavilion, which is currently fully funded by the board so that it can provide French Catholic education to more than 120 students in their home community, and for schools in Kingston and the Glebe. The CECCE also has several other priority projects in the works for rapidly growing sectors so that it can make French Catholic education available to more families.

The CECCE has been growing for more than 10 years. By refusing to fund new French Catholic schools within the Centre-Est district, the Ministry of Education is depriving families of their constitutional right to choose French Catholic education for their children.

According to CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe, “The CECCE will continue to keep provincial elected representatives and the Ministry of Education apprised of its needs in terms of facilities. At upcoming meetings, the CECCE will ensure that they are aware of the current state of its properties and will seek explanations about the criteria used to grant funding for new school construction.”

PROPOSAL TO OPEN A NEW FRENCH CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL For Old Ottawa South, Old Ottawa East, and the Glebe

OTTAWA, October 27, 2016 - A parents’ committee backed by the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) held a public consultation on Wednesday evening regarding the possibility of opening a French Catholic elementary school for families in Old Ottawa South, Old Ottawa East, the Glebe and the surrounding area.

The consultation, held in the Saint Paul University amphitheatre, met with enthusiasm on the part of many parents who came to learn more about the proposal and talk about their vision of what an elementary school should be and their community’s distinct needs.

“I am very pleased to see how receptive parents are to this proposal,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “Everyone who attended the public consultation had an opportunity to talk to the working group about their needs, expectations, and dreams for this school. The CECCE sees this public consultation step as crucial to the process of creating a school that reflects its community,” she added.

CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois said he is very excited about this proposal, which is particularly meaningful to him. “The fact that there are so many Francophone families in this part of Ottawa strengthens the CECCE’s resolve to open a French Catholic elementary school to serve this community. Many of those families are looking for a school rooted in Catholic values of hard work and caring, a school that recognizes the role that innovative practices play in shaping the citizens of tomorrow. That is exactly what the CECCE has to offer them.”

The proposal is still in the early stages, so the parents’ committee, backed by the CECCE, invites anyone who wants to know more about the proposal and stay informed about next steps to like the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/projetecolevieuxottawa and follow hashtag #cecceGlebe on Twitter.

Grand Opening of Collège Catholique Mer Bleue, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est’s 12th High School

OTTAWA, October 28, 2016 - This afternoon, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) held a grand opening ceremony for its 12th high school, Collège catholique Mer Bleue. To mark the occasion, staff members, students and special guests including the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Town Crier Daniel Richer, and Singer Yao attended the celebration.

Students, staff, and the community as a whole were delighted with the opportunity to celebrate their long-awaited school. The school was named after the nearby conservation area, which early French Canadian settlers called Mer Bleue because of an ecological phenomenon unique to the region.

“I take so much pleasure and pride in seeing this amazing journey culminate in the opening of a new school,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “The grand opening of this, our 54th school, shows that Francophone families in east central Ontario value the learning experience offered in our French Catholic schools and that we are making progress every day as we cultivate our mission to engage all students in learning, pursuing their dreams, and building a better world.”  

“The grand opening of this school is a milestone for the community. It is a definite sign of growth,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “The CECCE is proud to celebrate the opening of this new high school, which will enable the board to better serve families entitled to French Catholic education and to offer students programs of choice, such as International Baccalaureate and a Design concentration.”

Together, the CECCE’s $1.25-million contribution drawn from reserve funds, the $21.1-million contribution from the provincial government and the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the municipal government’s collaboration made it possible to build a two-storey school for 781 students in grades 7 to 12, thereby meeting growing need for French Catholic education within the burgeoning community of Orleans.

Grand Opening of Kemptville Pavilion of École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys

October 18, 2016, KEMPTVILLE - This morning, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) held a grand opening ceremony for the Kemptville pavilion of École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys. A number of dignitaries were present, including MPP Steve Clark, North Grenville Mayor David Gordon, Deputy Mayor Barb Tobin, and other municipal councillors.

 

The grand opening ceremony marked a major milestone for the community in Kemptville and the surrounding area, which has been seeking a

French Catholic school for years.

 

Parents showed their appreciation for the initiative by registering 120 children at the Kemptville pavilion for the new school year, a number that surpassed the CECCE’s initial projections.

 

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe thanked parents for their confidence, patience and ongoing support. “The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est’s vision will come to life in Kemptville thanks to the community’s tenacity and key decision-makers’ willingness to collaborate. Long live French Catholic education in Kemptville!” she said.

 

Director of Education Réjean Sirois congratulated staff members who worked tirelessly under very tight timelines to get a facility that will help students achieve their full potential ready by the start of the new school year. “The CECCE felt it was important to make French Catholic education available to parents in Kemptville and the surrounding area in a facility that supports the development of 21st-century competencies and transformation of the learning experience. Classrooms were renovated over the summer so they would be ready for students to start the school year here in August.”

 

The grand opening celebrates a new era of French Catholic education for students in junior kindergarten to grade 9 in Kemptville. The program will be expanded as new grades are added in the coming years, and by 2019, French Catholic education will be available for students in junior kindergarten to grade 12.

 

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est inaugurates its 42 nd elementary school: École élémentaire catholique Notre-Place

OTTAWA, October 13, 2016 – This afternoon, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) held the official inauguration of its 42nd elementary school, École élémentaire catholique Notre-Place. The Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Marie-France Lalonde, was in attendance, along with 50 guests, staff members, and students.

Homage to Paul Demers and François Dubé
With school often serving as a rallying point for the community, and as a site of hope for the future, the CECCE wanted a name that would resonate with and assert our pride in being part of the Francophone community. Accordingly, the name chosen for École élémentaire catholique Notre-Place comes from the unofficial Franco-Ontarian anthem, Notre Place (“Our Place”), written by singer and composer Paul Demers, in cooperation with composer François Dubé. In homage to them for creating the song, which has made its mark on the Franco-Ontarian community, the inauguration ceremony included the school choir and all the students in attendance joining together in a rendition of this anthem.

“The opening of this school is further evidence that there is a strong and vibrant Francophone community in this neighbourhood of Orleans, and that it will only get larger,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE. “The staff members, parents, students, and community as a whole have worked hard to build this school. Today, as we inaugurate it together, you can all see how well you’ve accomplished this mission: this is a magnificent school, where you will soon feel at home.”

“The inauguration of this, our 42nd elementary school, only confirms that a French-language Catholic education is, and remains, the first choice for parents. Enrolling their children in the CECCE’s schools is a sign of the enormous trust they place in us, and I would like to thank them personally for that,” said CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe. “Through the school board’s commitment to the Francophone and Catholic families in the region, I firmly believe that this school will become a landmark for the growing community in the Avalon neighbourhood of Orleans, just as the song Notre Place by Paul Demers has become a touchstone of the Francophone community across Ontario.”

The $10.1-million construction project for a new elementary school was made possible in part by the contribution of the provincial government and the Ministry of Education of Ontario, as well as the cooperation of the municipal government. By building a two-storey school with space for 412 students and a daycare with space for 39 children, the CECCE will be able to meet the growing French-Catholic education needs of an expanding population in Orleans.

 
 

Celebrating the Teaching Profession

OTTAWA, October 4,  2016 - To mark World Teachers’ Day, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is highlighting the remarkable work its teachers do every day in CECCE schools. Teachers  make access to education a reality for current and future generations of Francophone Catholic youth. World Teachers’ Day is a perfect time to recognize and appreciate how far this historic profession has come and everything it has accomplished. The CECCE wants to reiterate its confidence in, support for and gratitude toward the people who teach, facilitate knowledge acquisition, and transmit both culture and love of learning to young people.

“If I had to choose four words to describe CECCE teachers, I would go with competent, passionate, dedicated and caring. They give freely of themselves knowing that all students can succeed when given the guidance and support they need. They make all the difference in terms of academic success and especially student well-being. All teachers, regardless of what they teach or how they approach teaching, help shape the citizens of tomorrow, active citizens who are proud of their Francophone Catholic identity,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.

“CECCE teachers bear an enormous responsibility. They must transform the learning experience and continuously raise the bar. As Chair of the Board, I have seen first-hand the quality of their work and the resulting outcomes. They challenge students to push their limits and be engaged. They are role models to many students and have a major impact on their academic and even their personal lives,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair.

Students and parents join the CECCE administrative team in thanking teachers for making Centre-Est Catholic schools such wonderful places for students to grow academically, personally, professionally, spiritually and culturally.

 

180 CECCE Students Gather in the Woods to Develop Leadership Skills

October 3, 2016, OTTAWA - From October 4 to 6, 180 students from all 12 Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) high schools will gather at the Bark Lake Leadership Centre in Irondale, Ontario.

Chosen by their peers and student governments members, the students will participate in a leadership training program that will help them play an important role in their school, the board and their school community.

 

These young leaders will enhance their teamwork skills, learn how to communicate effectively, and develop a better understanding of themselves and others. During the retreat, they will plan an entire school year’s worth of activities for their fellow students. They will participate in high ropes courses, escape room challenges, Taizé singing, campfire stories and an all-Franco dance.

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe is excited about the fact that participants have been gaining so much from this opportunity for the past 10 years: “This kind of educational activity outside the classroom enables students to push their limits and play a meaningful role in their own academic journey. They can apply everything they learn during this leadership program to their school and their community, which truly benefits all of their peers.”

 

“The purpose of this annual activity is to give students the tools they need to take on leadership roles within student government,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “Every year, more and more high school students want to get involved in their schools and communities. It is up to the board to create opportunities that encourage young people to achieve their full potential. This is one way the CECCE is transforming the learning experience.”


The 180 students will return from the retreat brimming with ideas, the skills to put those ideas into practice, and the desire to help their fellow students and themselves experience the best school year yet.

CECCE Students and Representatives to Participate in 2016 One Young World Summit

OTTAWA, September 28, 2016 - One Young World, the highest-profile youth summit in the world, is being held in Ottawa from September 28 to October 1. The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to announce that two members of its faculty will be taking part in the summit. As a youth-centred organization, the CECCE will also be hosting a summit session in one of its schools.

Catherine Despatie and François Bérubé will be part of the Canadian delegation. This international forum will bring together 1,300 young leaders 18 to 30 years old from around the world.

The CECCE teachers were selected for their leadership skills and their engagement with the board and their school communities. The forum will give them opportunities to have conversations with young leaders from diverse nationalities and cultures about issues that matter to them, such as education. The experience will be extremely enriching for them and will also benefit their students and colleagues as they share what they have learned during the summit.

“The CECCE is proud to be sending these two teachers to the One Young World Summit. They are role models for the youth of tomorrow and proud ambassadors who exemplify the CECCE’s mission to engage all students in learning, pursuing their dreams, and building a better world,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair.

The CECCE will also be hosting some 20 delegates for a breakout session on critical thinking. This Friday, elementary and secondary school students will gather at  École élémentaire catholique Montfort to participate in the session with the international delegation. Students will have the opportunity to dialogue with these young leaders and develop solutions to real and complex social problems. CECCE experts will share classroom-proven teaching practices that transform the learning experience and help students develop 21st-century skills, such as critical thinking.  

Director of Education Réjean Sirois is excited about CECCE experts participating in the One Young World Summit. “Canada is hosting this forum for the first time, and it will give our staff a unique opportunity to share their expertise with participants from around the world. I hope they will benefit tremendously and be inspired.”

This week, the eyes of the nation will be on Ottawa. The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is proud to be associated with a world-class forum that brings young leaders together so that their concerns, opinions and ideas for solutions can be heard by those in power. This excellent demonstration of engagement and leadership  will show students that, if they have the courage of their convictions, they can advance social, environmental and humanitarian causes.  

See what Catherine Despatie and François Bérubé are up to on the CECCE’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ecolecatholique and its Twitter account (@ecolecatholique), or follow them on Twitter at @fberube86 and @cdesp001, hashtags #OYW and #CECCE.

Launch of the 2016 United Way Campaign

OTTAWA, September 29, 2016 — The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to join in the launch of United Way Ottawa’s 2016 campaign, in order to help give each and every family the tools they need to support the success of their children.

At the CECCE’s Head Office, and across all of its schools, activities will be held in October and November to raise funds for United Way. Parents and the community will also be asked for donations in order to help the organization reach its goals and carry out its mission of making measurable, lasting change in our community.

“As members of a publicly funded French Catholic education system, the CECCE has a responsibility to see to the well-being of children in need, and to ensure they are included and able to thrive,” said CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe. “All children should have the chance to flourish under the best circumstances possible. That’s why the CECCE established the Fondation des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (FECCE).That way, we can help United Way reach its goals while also directing our donation to the FECCE.”

“The United Way fundraising campaign is very important for the FECCE, since it is one of the foundation’s main sources of revenue,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE. “The funds raised through the FECCE are systematically redistributed to CECCE students from low-income families in order to alleviate the effects of poverty by providing for essential needs, such as food and clothing. The amounts raised also help cover the costs of specialized health care for underprivileged children, and encourage them to participate in educational, extracurricular, athletic, recreational and cultural activities by providing school supplies and paying for their enrolment and equipment costs.”

The Superintendent of Education of the CECCE and Executive Director of the FECCE, Jean-François Bard, was pleased to announce that, “Since its launch in 2011, the Foundation has contributed more than $120,000 to combatting the effects of poverty on students in the CECCE’s French-language Catholic schools, to help them overcome the difficulties they face on a daily basis.”

Forging Ahead with a French Catholic Elementary School in Arnprior

September 27, 2016, OTTAWA - Now that suitable land has been purchased, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) can pursue plans to open a new French Catholic elementary school in Arnprior.   

The new French Catholic school will be built on Baskin Drive near the existing A.J. Charbonneau English elementary school.

“The Baskin Drive parcel was selected for a number of reasons. Student safety is a top priority for the CECCE, and the existing pedestrian crossing is a major advantage. In addition, the availability of short-term water and sewer services will enable us to open the school faster,” explained Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “The Baskin Drive parcel is large enough to accommodate future expansion of the school so that we can provide families in Arnprior and the surrounding area with French Catholic education from junior kindergarten to grade 12,” he added.

Work will begin once the ground thaws next spring. Construction, including installation of municipal services, will take approximately 12 months, and the new school is slated to open at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

“The CECCE is excited about the Arnprior community’s enthusiastic support for this plan. At the first information meeting last fall, some 20 families expressed an interest in getting more information about the new school,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “More and more parents are choosing French Catholic education for their children, and the CECCE is very excited to be offering this service to Arnprior families, who will experience the excellence and caring of Centre-Est Catholic schools first-hand,” she added.

In November 2016, the CECCE announced that the Ontario Ministry of Education approved funding for the construction of an elementary school for 250 students.

Approval in hand, the CECCE held community consultations, then retained the services of an architect to design and draw up plans and specifications for the school. The school is scheduled to open in 2018, and the timeline has been adjusted accordingly.

For updates on the project, like ArnpriorCECCE on Facebook.

Congratulations to CECCE Students... First in Provincial Testing

September 21, 2016, OTTAWA - Once again this year, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) grade 3 and 6 students have obtained top results in provincial Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) tests.

Grade 3 CECCE students exceeded the provincial average by 5 to 6 percentage points, with 88% demonstrating a deep understanding (level 4) or a good understanding (level 3) in reading, 87% in writing, and 82% in math.

Grade 6 students also outperformed the provincial average in all three subjects. Ninety-four percent of grade 6 CECCE students attained level 3 or 4 in reading, as did 89% of them in writing and mathematics. They scored 3 to 5 percentage points higher than the provincial average.

“I am proud of the fact that grade 3 and 6 students maintained high performance levels in all three disciplines (writing, reading and mathematics), and that their performance in some subjects improved compared to 2015. This is a sign that the academic programs in our Board’s French Catholic schools meets students’ needs and that the success of every student is the staff’s priority. The ongoing pursuit of excellence, principals’ leadership, and dedication of the teaching staff have a direct effect on CECCE students’ performance,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education.

Ninety percent of grade 9 students attained level 3 or 4 in the academic mathematics test, as did 56% in the applied mathematics test. The academic mathematics test results are the CECCE’s best ever, and the applied test results are close to the Board’s three-year average. CECCE results in these subjects are 5 and 6 points higher than the provincial average, respectively.

The percentage of grade 10 students who passed the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) increased by 1 percentage point to 94%, which is 3 percentage points above the provincial average.

CECCE President, Johanne Lacombe, is also excited about the results released today. “Year after year, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est performs exceptionally well in provincial testing. Our teachers show tremendous leadership in their teaching approaches, which makes a big difference to the students’ learning experience and enables them to achieve outstanding results. Parents entrust their children to CECCE schools, and the Board never takes that for granted. That’s why staff members are committed to continuously improving their practices to ensure the success of every student.”

The CECCE is also pleased to announce that grade 6 students at Ottawa’s École élémentaire catholique d'enseignement personnalisé Édouard-Bond achieved a 100% success rate in all three subjects. Nearly 20 CECCE elementary schools can be proud of obtaining a 100% success rate in at least one of the three subjects.

At the high school level, 100% of the students at Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel in Brockville and the Centre professionnel et technique Minto passed the academic and applied mathematics tests as well as the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. Every student at École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier in Kingston also passed the OSSLT.

Back-to-School 2016: A Season of Growth, Highlighting the Excellence of the CECCE’s Catholic Schools

 

August 29, 2016, OTTAWA — Tomorrow, more than 22,500 students from JK to Grade 12 will stream into the 54 schools of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) as a brand new school year gets underway. They will be welcomed by more than 2,650 faculty and staff members eager to begin another year in schools recognized for transforming the learning experience and for excellence in education.

 

For some, the school year got off to a quiet start, with classes beginning in mid‑August at École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître, on August 17, and the Centre professionnel et technique Minto, on August 23.

 

“This year’s back-to-school season is starting on a note of growth. Growth in terms of schools, with two new schools opening, but also growth in the student body, with an estimated 700 more students than last year across the CECCE. This increase in student numbers is attributable in part to the excellent learning experience offered in CECCE schools, to student outcomes, and to a high graduation rate that encourages parents to enrol their children in our French-language Catholic schools. What’s more, it’s important to emphasize that reaching these high standards of achievement is made possible in large part by a passionate, skilled faculty that cares enormously about providing a quality education. The continuing efforts of our faculty and staff help maintain our tradition of excellence and our synergy with the community and our partners,” explained Réjean Sirois, Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the CECCE.

 

“Students attending the CECCE’s Catholic schools achieve exceptional results in provincial testing, a fact that testifies to the quality of our teaching and builds parents’ trust in the school board. The staff truly takes the success and well-being of the students to heart, and it shows in their daily activities and in the students’ enthusiasm to learn and excel. So I would like to thank our parents for the trust they show by placing their children’s education in the hands of our qualified faculty. It’s a responsibility that all the members of the CECCE are extremely proud to take on,” added Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the CECCE.

 

New for 2016

 

Construction on two new schools in Orleans is now complete, and on August 30, hundreds of students will have the chance to be the first ones to walk through the halls and participate in the official opening.

 

École élémentaire catholique Notre-Place, located in the Avalon West neighbourhood of Orleans, at 665 Des Aubépines Drive, will have space for more than 400 students from JK to Grade 6. As well, Collège catholique Mer Bleue, located in the Notre-Dame-des-Champs neighbourhood of Orleans, at 6401 Renaud Rd., will have space for nearly 800 students from Grades 7 to 12. At Mer Bleue, students will be able to follow the regular curriculum or enrol in the International Baccalaureate program or the concentration in design. On August 30, the school will welcome students from Grades 7 to 10, then a new grade will be added each year until Grades 11 and 12 are offered in 2018-2019.

The new school year will also offer students from JK to Grade 9 in Kemptville and the surrounding area access to a brand new pavilion at École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys as well as an enhanced art program in partnership with the Ottawa School of Art.

 

Back-to-school starts early for two CECCE schools

August 22, 2016, OTTAWA - The CECCE has been working hard since mid-August to prepare for the first day of school on August 30, but students at one of the board's schools are already back in class, and another will open its doors for the new school year tomorrow.

 

École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître follows a balanced calendar, so the 600 students there began their school year on Wednesday, two weeks before most other schools.

The school community at École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître has been operating with a balanced calendar for the past 10 years. Students get six weeks of summer vacation instead of the usual nine, plus a week of vacation in October, March and May.

 

"Those who have tried the balanced calendar really like it, but it is not imposed on families. Parents in the catchment area can choose to send their children to either of two CECCE elementary schools: Bernard-Grandmaître, which has a balanced calendar, or Sainte-Bernadette, which has a regular school year,"  explained Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. "Every year, more and more students register at École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître, which is an indication of how much people like this model."

 

Grade 9 to 12 students at the  Centre professionnel et technique Minto will begin their school year tomorrow. Because they are starting a week before other students, they will get a week off in May.

The Centre professionnel et technique Minto is a high school that offers a trades concentration exclusively.

 

"The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is proud to offer alternatives and specialized programs that meet the needs of families and students," said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. "We are well-equipped to foster every student's success and well-being."

Two New Orleans Catholic Schools Officially Named

June 22, 2016, OTTAWA - The two new Catholic schools in Orleans set to open their doors this fall now have official  names. In accordance with the community’s wishes, trustees named the two new schools École élémentaire catholique Notre-Place and Collège catholique Mer Bleue.


“I am very pleased that the community takes the names of these new schools so seriously. The school community played an active role in selecting names that embody the francophone and local character of the two schools. The names summon up lovely images that will foster a sense of belonging to the new schools,” explained Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE).


Pursuant to the process for naming new schools, members of the school naming task force for each new school consulted the list of new school names and selected five documented names that met the selection criteria. The board narrowed those five names down to three.


Next, the CECCE sought input from the communities associated with each school to find out which of the three names they preferred. The majority of parents, students and staff expressed a preference for Notre-Place and Mer Bleue. Acting in accordance with the community’s wishes, trustees made the two school names official at the latest board meeting on June 21, 2016.


“Schools can be a community hub, inspiring hope and offering promise for the future. Selecting a name for a school brings its character into sharper focus, and when it opens its doors at the beginning of the school year, the school community will take ownership of the institution, shaping it in its image and in accordance with the aspirations of its students,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.


The name of the new elementary school refers to the Franco-Ontarian theme song, “Notre Place”, written by singer-songwriter Paul Demers and composer François Dubé.


The name of the new high school refers to the conservation area located near the school. The first French Canadians named it after an ecological phenomenon unique to the region.


École élémentaire catholique Notre-Place is located in Orleans’ Avalon neighbourhood at 665 Aubépines Drive. The school can accommodate 412 students from junior kindergarten to grade 6.


Collège catholique Mer Bleue is a high school located at 6401 Renaud Road in the north Orleans neighbourhood of Notre-Dame-des-Champs It can accommodate 781 students from grade 7 to grade 12. When the school year begins on August 30, 2016, students in grades 7 to 10 can choose to follow the regular curriculum or enrol in International Baccalaureate or the Design concentration.

A Partnership for the Arts and Renovations Begin at the New Kemptville Campus of École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys

 

June 21, 2016, KEMPTVILLE - When the school year begins on August 30, students in Kemptville, Merrickville, Smiths Falls and the surrounding area will have access to a totally renovated facility and an enhanced art program at the Kemptville campus of École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys.

 

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) made the announcement today at an event involving area policy makers, community partners, parents and students.

 

Renovations began in mid-June and will continue until mid-August. The Kemptville College facility will open its doors to students on August 30 for the first day of school. It will take more than a coat of paint to get the interior of Fraser Hall ready to meet the needs of students in junior kindergarten to grade 6 and provide the space they need to thrive in a 21st-century learning environment.

 

The CECCE also announced a partnership with the Ottawa School of Art to provide an enhanced art program at the Kemptville campus of École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys.

 

According to Director of Education Réjean Sirois, “The CECCE is very pleased to be partnering with the Ottawa School of Art for this first-of-its-kind initiative to create an artist-in-the-school program. Both institutions recognize the importance of integrating arts into the curriculum and each student’s learning process as a pathway to acquiring essential high-level skills and fostering academic performance and success. The arts nurture creativity and innovation, which are valuable skills in any field.”

 

“During recent consultations, parents, staff and community members who took part in a visioning exercise focused on the importance of integrating the arts into the curriculum,” explained Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “The Kemptville community expressed its desire to ensure that children have access to meaningful opportunities to celebrate their French language and culture through self-expression and positive experiences available to them in the school and the arts community, and with this partnership, the CECCE is responding to that desire,” she added.

 

President of the board of directors Clayton Powell said, “The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) is extremely pleased to be working with the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est to present this unique artist-in-the-school program. OSA is the second-oldest art school in Canada, and our motto is “Teaching art to everyone”. This program will help us achieve that goal in a new and unique way. We have been very impressed with the CECCE’s enthusiasm for and commitment to the ideal of enriching education through the arts. OSA shares the CECCE’s belief that children’s education is richer and more profound when they are able to include art activities as part of their learning process. This is an exciting partnership for both of our organizations, and we look forward to working with the students of École Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys (Kemptville campus) during the upcoming school year.”

 

In December 2015, the CECCE announced plans to open a new École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys campus in Kemptville for students in junior kindergarten to grade 9 by the beginning of the 2016 school year. As higher grades are added in the coming years, the school will eventually accommodate students all the way from junior kindergarten to grade 12.

 

With one location in Merrickville and another in Kemptville, École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys will be able to provide better service to families in those communities, Smiths Falls, and neighbouring communities.

 

CECCE Delivers Balanced Budget Focused on Student Services

June 8, 2016, OTTAWA - During its regular meeting on June 7, 2016, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) trustees approved a balanced $325.7 million budget to support student well-being and success.


“Over the years, the CECCE has invested in enhancing programs, services and facilities, all of which are essential to enabling both students and staff to thrive,” explained Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “The administration has demonstrated sound management and due diligence in preparing a balanced budget that, despite the financial pressure affecting school boards across the province, will ensure we continue to deliver high-quality services for all CECCE students.”


The budget for the 2016-17 school year is $6.5 million higher than the current year’s budget. It includes funding to hire approximately 40 people to better meet students’ needs and staff two new schools. This includes 28 elementary and secondary school teachers and five special education teachers for the coming school year.


The board will make major investments to continue delivering strategies, programs and services for student well-being and success. The 2016-17 budget includes $8.7 million for the student identity development strategy and $2.4 million for transforming the learning experience.


Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education: “In all, 74% of the budget is allocated to teaching. These investments will enable the board to deliver programs and services that meet students’ needs. Because we have invested directly in classrooms over the past few years, CECCE students’ results are exceeding provincial expectations and standards.”


School board funding is based primarily on the number of students enrolled in schools. Every year, the CECCE develops a budget aligned with its annual priority objectives. For 2016-17, those objectives are as follows: improving performance outcomes and indicators that need more work, transforming the learning experience, recruiting and retaining more students, optimizing procedures and sound management, and risk management.

CECCE Superintendent of Education Marie-France Ricard receives AGÉFO Award of Merit

June 8, 2016, OTTAWA – Last Friday, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est celebrated 62 of its employees as they embarked upon retirement, including Superintendent Marie-France Ricard who was recently honoured with the prestigious Award of Merit from the Association des gestionnaires de l’éducation franco-ontarienne (AGÉFO). This annual award goes to an individual who, in the course of their career, has made an exceptional contribution to Franco-Ontarian education.

Marie-France Ricard, a native of Shawinigan, began her career as an educator at the Centre Jules-Léger in Ottawa in 1981. From the outset, her multiple talents and skills as a teacher were recognized, and she went on to continue her education training and pursue a 35-year career in Ottawa’s French-language schools and with the CECCE.

In 1987, Marie-France accepted a teaching position at the Centre Jules-Léger. There she demonstrated her great passion for education in general and special education in particular, an area that has remained close to her heart throughout her career.

In 1989, Marie-France accepted a teaching position with the Conseil des écoles catholiques de langue française d’Ottawa-Carleton and went on to meet the challenge of working as an educational consultant in the area of early and continuous screening. Over time, Marie-France developed her leadership skills, delivered courses at the University of Ottawa, and pursued a master’s in educational administration.

Her drive to serve the Francophone community, her mission to provide the highest quality education, and her ability to bring people together led her to accept a vice-principal position and then, in 1998, a principal position. In 2001, Marie-France wanted to contribute to the development of the CECCE’s corporate vision and, in particular, to the student exit profile. She therefore accepted an Assistant Superintendent position and, in 2002, went on to accept a Superintendent of Education position with the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est.

As Superintendent, Marie-France relied on her vast experience to manage a number of files. She expertly piloted corporate files in special education, staffing, parent participation, and early childhood education and supervised several elementary and secondary schools.

Her community involvement has been exceptional. She represented the education sector on the Ottawa United Way campaign cabinet for two years and, in 2010, received the Ottawa United Way’s Community Builder Award.

In 2011, Marie-France was a finalist in the Leader of the Year category, parapublic sector, at the Gala of Excellence of the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la capitale nationale. From 2007 to 2009, Marie-France chaired the RSE (Regroupement des surintendances de l’éducation) and went on to serve as the organization’s secretary.

In 2011, she accepted a three-year term at the Centre Jules-Léger. Since returning as Superintendent of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, she has helped make the CECCE a leader in the education field.

In the words of Réjean Sirois, Director Education of the CECCE, “I have had the privilege of being able to rely on Marie-France Ricard’s expertise, know-how, and vitality since commencing my duties with the CECCE. Her energy and passion are contagious and, over the years, the CECCE has benefited greatly from her dedication. She has played a key role in making the CECCE’s pedagogical, strategic, and political priorities a reality, and it has been an honour and a privilege to count her as a colleague.”

On the eve of a well-deserved retirement, Marie-France Ricard has become the most recent member of the CECCE’s team to receive the AGÉFO Award of Merit. Her name thus takes its place beside those of François Massé, Mario Lajoie, Alain Fortin, and Pierre Filiatrault –educational leaders all who had a significant impact on the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est.

 

CECCE formalizes agreement with Académie de Lyon in Paris

May 17, 2016, OTTAWA – Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) officials are currently visiting France’s Académie de Lyon to strengthen existing ties between the two and confirm their interest in pursuing further collaboration over the coming years.

The primary purpose of the  CECCE’s Lyon visit is to lay the foundation for cooperative programs such as twinning, teacher exchanges, ongoing staff education, and the professional, linguistic and cultural development of students.

Académie Lyon and the CECCE will focus on three areas of cooperation: safe and caring schools, managing improvement, and including students with special needs. Secondary elements, such as teacher exchanges and virtual class-to-class exchanges to work on sustainable development projects, will also be discussed.

“The CECCE’s mission in France will enable it to learn more about its French counterparts’  initiatives in the field of education. Highly constructive pedagogical exchanges on various subjects have taken place so far, and the CECCE is very excited about this new collaboration with the Académie de Lyon,” said CECCE Chair, Johanne Lacombe.

The Académie de Lyon’s academic representative for European and international relations and cooperation, Christian Caron, visited Canada’s capital and, on March 1, the CECCE and the Académie de Lyon signed a partnership agreement in Ottawa. Tours of CECCE schools enabled the French delegation to confirm that there are plenty of commonalities they would like to work on together.

“This collaboration is extremely valuable to the CECCE. Some of the challenges surfacing in France are similar to what the CECCE is dealing with here, so both organizations can share knowledge to generate new ideas. We sincerely thank the Académie de Lyon staff members who generously took the time learn about the CECCE’s vision for education,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.

This mission to France is part of an initiative of the Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones, which represents French-language school boards in Canada outside Quebec, and the Regroupement national des directions générales de l'éducation, which fosters opportunities for partnerships in France.

CECCE unveils details about new Kemptville campus

April 29, 2016, OTTAWA – Last Monday, close to 100 parents and as many children attended an information session on recent developments regarding the upcoming opening of the new Kemptville campus of Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys French Catholic school.       

Officials from the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) provided an update on the new campus, bussing, child care, and junior kindergarten to grade nine registration for the 2016-17 school year. Floor plans and class and program organization were also discussed during the meeting.   

“The CECCE is proud to be able to meet parents’ needs by offering education based on the excellent program that has been available at école catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys in Merrickville for over 20 years,” said CECCE Chair, Johanne Lacombe. “The CECCE has not yet received funding to build a new school, but thanks to sound financial management, the board has chosen to invest in creating the new Kemptville campus and to keep école élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys open in Merrickville.”

“Throughout the process, the CECCE has worked closely with parents to respond to their needs and expectations,” explained Réjean Sirois, Director of Education. “The parent council formed a subcommittee to work closely with the board on the campus’s pedagogical orientation.”

To date, 113 children are registered to attend school at the new campus, which means that the school will be able to offer an educational program that meets parents’ expectations. The Kemptville campus of école catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys will open its doors to students in junior kindergarten to grade nine at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. Higher grades will be added in 2017, 2018 and 2019 so that students in junior kindergarten to grade 12 can attend.

Registration for CECCE Schools Is Open

February 5, 2016, OTTAWA - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) invites families with a child born in 2012, families new to the region, and families seeking excellence in education to contact their local school to find out more about the school, the CECCE, and how to register.

 

Families can register their children in CECCE’s French Catholic schools any time, but the board is making a special effort to meet with new families between now and February 12. Registering now enables schools to prepare for the arrival of new students at the beginning of the coming school year.

 

 

There are so many reasons to enrol your child in a CECCE French Catholic school:

 

 

  • All instruction and school activities take place in French. Development of each student’s identity is a priority in CECCE schools. Christian values and culture are front and centre.

  • Many resources are available to students who need extra help with French when they start school.

  • Students learn English beginning in grade 4. This is not a second language course; it is the same English curriculum taught in English-language schools.

  • Once they complete their studies, students are bilingual, are fluent in both official languages, receive an internationally recognized bilingual certification, and have access to more post-secondary options than students who attended an English school.

  • The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est has the highest graduation rate in Ontario, French and English boards combined. 96% of students enrolled in grade 9 in 2011 graduated last June. The CECCE’s drop-out rate has been just 1% for many years.

 

 

“The CECCE has all kinds of initiatives to engage students in learning and ensure their success. Clearly, those initiatives are working very well,” explained Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “High school concentrations, extra-curricular activities, and support from our student success teams enable our students to achieve their full potential and succeed.”

 

 

  • Over 94% of parents are satisfied, according to surveys administered every two years.  

 

 

“I am very proud that so many parents who choose French Catholic education for their child are satisfied,” said Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “This speaks to the confidence they have in their child’s school, and we appreciate it. Most parents who choose a CECCE school have three other options. They make the best choice for their child, and our satisfaction rates confirm that CECCE schools meet their expectations.”

 

 

Registration for CECCE schools is open. Interested parents can find out more by contacting their local school or by calling the registration office at 613 746-3837.

 


 




 

CECCE Marks National Sweater Day

February 4, 2016, OTTAWA - Today, 43 Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) schools will participate in National Sweater Day.


National Sweater Day is a fun way to learn about the importance of saving energy and to inspire people to use less heat. According to WWF Canada, heating accounts for 80% of energy use in Canada’s residential sector and is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.


CECCE schools have planned a number of initiatives to celebrate this day, including warm clothing drives, assemblies in gyms, sock hops to create heat through movement, and spirit days.
 

“The CECCE has a duty to encourage its students to adopt behaviours that are good for people and the planet,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education. “Green initiatives such as National Sweater Day give our students an opportunity to participate in a larger-scale initiative and to learn about how they can help create a fairer, greener, more united world.”


“There is a reason why the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est has an impressive number of certified EcoSchools. We have 30 certified schools so far!” added Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. “The board is working hard to reduce its impact on the planet, and we are committed to transmitting these values to our students so they become responsible ecocitizens.”


For more information about this event, please visit wwf.ca/events/sweater_day/.

Marie-France Paquette Wins Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, OTTAWA – The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is pleased that Marie-France Paquette, principal of École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau, is among the 40 recipients of a Canada’s Outstanding Principals award from The Learning Partnership.

Every year, The Learning Partnership recognizes 40 exceptional principals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in education, engagement in their community and the integration of innovative approaches that have a direct impact on student success.

According to Marie-France Ricard, CECCE Superintendent of Education, “Marie-France Paquette’s galvanizing leadership, passion for education, respect for all students regardless of their needs and socio-economic background, openness to cultural diversity and dedication to offering the best pedagogical programs and services set her apart.”

“Under Marie-France Paquette’s leadership, the culture at École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau has been transformed. It supports the well-being and success of every student,” explained Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “She has left her mark on the École Marius-Barbeau community, and this award is particularly timely given that she is about to take up a new challenge: opening the new Catholic elementary school now under construction in Orleans.”   

Winners of the Canada’s Outstanding Principals award will participate in an exclusive leadership development program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, one of the most prestigious business schools in the country. They will also become part of the National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals whose 400 members have all been recognized by The Learning Partnership as leaders in the field of education.

The principals will be honoured at the annual gala on February 23 in Toronto.

 

A new French Catholic K-12 school in Kemptville

OTTAWA, December 16, 2015 – Starting in September 2016, junior kindergarten through grade 9 students will be able to attend French Catholic school in their own community at Kemptville College.  The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is thrilled to announce that it will be able to meet the requests of parents in this community, who asked government authorities to open a French Catholic school back in 2012.

The materialization of the project would have been impossible without the cooperation of the Municipality of North Grenville, which endorsed the CECCE’s vision of having a pavilion of École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys at the Kemptville College. Staff with the Municipality have been working with ARIO and Guelph University staff to make this exciting venture a reality.

David Gordon, Mayor of North Grenville said that “this is a great day for the future of Kemptville College.  Having a new French Catholic school in North Grenville, utilizing the amazing assets at Kemptville College fits perfectly with the vision we have for the future of Kemptville College. I want to personally thank the staff at ARIO and the University of Guelph for their support and cooperation in helping to make this venture happen. This is just the beginning of the announcements we hope to make in coming weeks and months.”

École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys is well-rooted in the Merrickville community, and has been for some 20 years. The region’s families count on the excellent French Catholic education offered by École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys to ensure their children’s success and well-being, and the new Kemptville pavilion will carry on this tradition of excellence.

“Kemptville parents asked us to open a secondary school in 2013, and we are pleased to have found a solution whereby their children can benefit from a French Catholic education in their own community at an enchanting site that will offer numerous educational possibilities when school starts again in the fall of 2016,” stated CECCE Chair, Johanne Lacombe.

During its first year of operations and starting next September, the Kemptville school will provide an educational program running from Junior Kindergarten to grade 9. Higher grades will be added in 2017, 2018 and 2019, enabling the school to accommodate all K-12 students.

The CECCE is also studying the possibility of adding an early childhood centre on-campus to enable the entire spectrum of French language education to be available in Kemptville.

“I want to congratulate the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est and the Municipality of North Grenville for reaching this agreement,” said Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark. “It’s an exciting announcement which is going to improve the access to French Catholic education for families in my riding.”

While some details remain to be finalized, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est has big plans for the École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite Bourgeoys’ Kemptville pavilion. As CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois put it, “This project is more than just a school. It is in fact a community project that will revitalize the Kemptville College campus and help ensure the vitality of an institution that is so very important to the local economy. The campus is the perfect place to establish Kemptville’s first French-language school. I am already dreaming about all the programs that could be set up here, as well as the partnership with Kemptville built around fighting climate change and developing agriculture. It will be a school that is open to the world and one that means to build a better future.”

For now, the École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys’s Kemptville pavilion will have the same  attendance boundaries as the original school, and parents are free to register their children at either Kemptville or Merrickville. Instructions for registering and all additional details will be available at www.ecolecatholique.ca/kemptville.


With 22, 000 students in 41 elementary and 11 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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For further information:

Céline Bourbonnais
Interim director of communications and community relations
Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Media phone line: 613 746-3525
Cell: 613 296-3619
quesnc@ecolecatholique.ca

 

Johanne Lacombe, Daniel Boudria Elected as Chair, Vice-Chair of Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

December 2, 2015, OTTAWA - Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) trustees elected their new Chair and Vice-chair during last night's meeting. Johanne Lacombe, the trustee for Orleans, served two terms as the Vice-Chair and was acclaimed Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est.

 

“Denis Poirier’s leadership as Chair over the past two years enabled us to move major CECCE files forward with respect to making top-notch French Catholic education available to families in areas served by the CECCE,” said Johanne Lacombe, the newly elected Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. “I’m very excited about taking on my new role as CECCE Chair and updating the board’s vision of being a leader recognized for transforming the learning experience, for the excellence and caring of its Catholic schools, and for its synergy with the community.”

 

Daniel Boudria was elected Vice-Chair for the current term. Mr. Boudria has been a trustee since 2006 and represents Cumberland constituents.

At the organizational meeting, Director of Education Réjean Sirois presented highlights from the 2014-15 annual report, underscoring “results achieved by an experienced team of competent professionals” under the leadership of his predecessor, Bernard Roy. In his presentation, the Director of Education detailed CECCE successes of the past school year and affirmed the importance of the board’s trust: “Without the trustees’ insightful questions and enlightened decisions, the CECCE would not be an acknowledged leader in the field of education in Ontario and Canada.”

The 2014-15 annual report is available in French on the CECCE website at ecolecatholique.ca/rapportannuel.

 

 

 

CECCE Students Achieve Best Results in Ontario

November 18, 2015, OTTAWA – Grade 3 students in the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) achieved the highest results in the province in reading, writing and mathematics according to data released today by the Education Quality and Accountability Office.

The CECCE’s grade 3 students exceeded provincial standards with the best rates of success in Ontario: 88% demonstrated a deep understanding (level 4) or a good understanding (level 3) in reading, 86% in writing and 86% in math.

The CECCE’s Grade 6 students also surpassed provincial standards in all three tests : 93% in reading (three percentage points higher than the provincial average); 90% in writing (the highest result in the province); and 88% in mathematics (a 2% improvement and three percentage points higher than the provincial average).

CECCE Chair Denis Poirier is very pleased with the students’ EQAO scores. “Year after year, more and more parents choose to enroll their children in a CECCE school so they can reach their full potential in a Catholic Francophone environment,” he said. “These results are tangible proof of the excellent education available in our schools.”

“I am proud of the results that CECCE students have achieved on the provincial tests. This is an indication that the pedagogical approaches used in our classrooms are working,” explained Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “Our students succeed in every respect because of the leadership shown by our principals and teachers and the support available to each student.”

With 22,000 students in 41 elementary schools, 11 secondary schools and its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

Construction of a New French Catholic Elementary School in Orleans Begins

OTTAWA, Monday, November 9, 2015 - This afternoon, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) broke ground for the long-awaited construction of a new French Catholic elementary school for Ottawa’s east end at 665 des Aubépines Drive in Orleans.

This $14.7 million construction project is for a two-storey school that can accommodate 412 students. The building will also house a daycare with space for 39 children.

According to MPP Marie-France Lalonde, “Education is very much a priority for our government and for my riding, Ottawa-Orleans. Today I am proud to participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for a new French Catholic elementary school in Avalon. Our $8.56-million investment will meet the needs of our students and the growing population of Orleans.”

The new building will include the following:

16 classrooms

1 art room

1 special education room

1 resource room

1 library

1 gymnasium

The new school is being built to relieve pressure on École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin, which is operating at capacity.

“Following public consultations in the spring of 2015, the trustees approved changes to the catchment areas for some schools to relieve overpopulation at École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin,” explained Denis Poirier, CECCE Chair. “Students will have access to a quality Catholic education in a facility that fully meets their needs.  The Francophone community in Ottawa’s east end is growing, so the CECCE is doing everything it can to provide its students with a stimulating learning environment where they can all thrive and reach their full potential.”

“This new elementary school in Orleans will enable more students to benefit from the excellent Catholic education available in CECCE schools,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. “Every time the CECCE builds a new school, it seeks to provide an enriching and caring environment in which each and every student can learn, pursue their dreams and build a better world.”

The new school is scheduled to open in August 2016.

 

A New French Catholic School for Arnprior

November 5, 2015, OTTAWA - Ontario’s Ministry of Education just announced $498 million in funding to build and renovate schools, and the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to confirm that it secured funding for a new French Catholic elementary school in Arnprior for 250 students.

 

The new school will make French Catholic education available to students who currently do not have access to a French school in their region. The closest French Catholic elementary school, Saint-Rémi in Kanata, is nearly 50 km away from Arnprior. Because Saint-Rémi is so far away, only 18 students from the Arnprior region attend the school even though more than 265 children in the area have the constitutional right to French Catholic education.

 

The CECCE is also planning to include a daycare for 36 children.

 

CECCE Chair Denis Poirier is delighted with the announcement. ”The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is pleased that it can build a new school in the Arnprior region. Families will have access to a school right in their community and will no longer have to travel so far to get French Catholic education for their children,” he said. “Along with the JK-8 school, the daycare will enhance the services available to meet families’ needs.”

 

“The students who will attend this new school and their parents can take pride in being the founders of this new school community. The students will benefit from an excellent Catholic education in French that will give them the gift of lifelong bilingualism and inspire them to follow their dreams,” added Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.

 

The CECCE is planning to purchase a six-acre parcel of land on which to build the school. The community will have an opportunity to participate in public consultations related to the catchment area for the new school. The school is scheduled to open in August 2017.

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est Announces New Executive Director of Human Resources

September 17, 2015, OTTAWA - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is proud to announce that Laurie-Eve Bergeron has been appointed Executive Director of Human Resources effective September 21, 2015.


“Ms. Bergeron has the broad range of skills and experience needed to help implement the CECCE's strategic plan and develop the organization's human resources," explained Bernard Roy, the CECCE's outgoing Director of Education.


With an undergraduate degree in industrial relations and a master's in public administration, she has occupied senior positions in the federal public service for over 10 years.


Throughout her career, Ms. Bergeron has managed large multidisciplinary teams and undertaken major initiatives that have had a positive impact, such as implementing human resources management information systems. Laurie-Eve Bergeron has also been a lecturer at the Université du Québec en Outaouais since 2011 and is a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec, Quebec's association of human resources professionals.

Back to school at the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

August 31, 2015, OTTAWA - Tomorrow, on the first day of the new school year at the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), close to 22,000 students will cross the threshold of 41 elementary and 11 secondary schools in Ottawa, Merrickville, Brockville, Kingston, Trenton and Pembroke.

At schools with balanced calendars, back-to-school has been gradually getting underway since mid-August, with classes beginning on August 19 at École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître, and August 25 at Centre professionnel et technique Minto.

“Already this year, we are again seeing an increase in the number of enrolments in our schools,” said Bernard Roy, outgoing Director of Education of the CECCE. “This steady rise over more than a decade is attributable, at least in part, to the excellence of the education provided at the CECCE. This can in turn be explained by the quality of our school staff, who ensure the success and well-being of each and every student. Our students achieve excellent results on provincial tests, year after year, and parents have faith in us.”

In Ottawa’s west end, the 200 students of the new École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais will be able to enter their new school building, currently under construction, in February 2016. In the meantime, they will be housed in a section of École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard that is reserved for them while they await the completion of their new school in Stittsville. The timetable and course make-up have already been arranged according to the teaching program of the new school, ensuring that the transition to the new building will be a smooth one. The newÉcole secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais will offer students a concentration in entrepreneurship and innovation in addition to the regular curriculum, plus a full range of athletics and before- and after-school activities.

The CECCE has a number of major projects planned for 2015-2016. In the south end of Orleans, construction work on a new French-language Catholic secondary school made good headway over the summer and will continue into summer 2016. As well, in the Alta Vista section of Ottawa, the demolition and rebuilding of École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Geneviève will continue throughout the school year.

“Thanks to the trust parents place in us by enrolling their children in a CECCE Catholic school, we are proud to provide them with quality facilities in neighbourhoods where the need is really being felt,” said Denis Poirier, Chair of the school board.

Fall will also usher in a new Director of Education at the CECCE. Réjean Sirois will take the helm of the largest French-language school board outside Quebec effective October 5, 2015. He is excited by the new challenges that await him: “The field of education is inspiring, fascinating and gratifying. I’m very eager to join the team at the CECCE and share my passion by pursuing a shared vision built around cooperation and innovation in education.”

As well, the CECCE is entering the first year of implementation for its new strategic vision, Transformation 2018. Its purpose is to enable the school board to transform the learning experience so as to help students develop the skills they need to succeed in the digital age. This will happen in large part by developing innovative projects in schools, modernizing school libraries, and hiring classroom staff. Moreover, the CECCE team will continue to embody the welcoming climate of its Catholic schools, as expressed in the CECCE’s mission, by encouraging “every student to learn, pursue their dreams, and build a better world.”

With close to 22,000 students in 41 elementary and 11 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

Réjean Sirois to Head Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

July 3, 2015, OTTAWA - In October, Réjean Sirois will take over as the new Director of Education for the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), the largest French-language school board in the province.

Réjean Sirois is completing an outstanding six-year term as Director of Education for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud (CSDCCS) in Toronto. During his term, 13 new schools were built, enrolment grew by 2% per year, and provincial test results improved in all subjects. He is leaving the CSDCCS in a strong financial position.

“We are pleased to welcome Réjean Sirois to the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est,” said Denis Poirier, CECCE Chair. “His experience leading a growing school board like ours in a diverse community will certainly be an asset to the CECCE as it continues to pursue excellence.”

Mr. Sirois knows the region well because he was the Superintendent of Education for the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario for eight years. As Director General of school boards in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and a teacher in New Brunswick, primarily, he became very familiar with the challenges of education in minority communities.

“I'm delighted to accept the position of Director of Education for the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, and I'm excited about the challenges I will be taking on this fall," said Réjean Sirois. “The CECCE is a global leader in education, and it is a privilege for me to have the opportunity to help the CECCE fulfill its mission.”

Mr. Sirois holds a master's in school administration, a master's in public administration and a bachelor's degree in physical education. He has experience with leadership roles in special education, the early literacy intervention program, early childhood education and safe schools.

He has been the Chair of the Conseil ontarien des directrices et des directeurs des conseils catholiques (CODEC) since 2012 and Vice-Chair of the Conseil ontarien des directrices et directeurs de l’éducation de langue française (CODELF) for a year.

Réjean Sirois will take over as Director of Education for the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est in October. Until then, the current Director of Education, Bernard Roy, will postpone his retirement for a few months to ensure a smooth transition at the beginning of the school year.

Budget 2015-2016: A Budget that Optimizes Resources

Thursday, June 4, 2015 OTTAWA — During their regular meeting on June 2, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) trustees approved a $316.6 million balanced budget for the coming school year. The budget is $6.3 million (2%) greater than the 2014-15 budget because enrolment at CECCE schools is expected to increase by 370 students for the coming school year.

The budget takes into account $3.7 million in budget cuts that have been absorbed by reduced budgets outside the classroom. No jobs will be cut.
Here are the highlights of the 2015-2016 budget:

Hiring 38 people to better meet students’ needs

Budget 2015-16 includes the hiring of 38 additional staff members, including 25 teachers, 2 principals and vice-principals, 4 school secretaries, 1.8 janitors, 1 community relations officer, 1 early childhood officer, 0.5 social worker and 0.2 library technician. In addition, 2.5 positions have been created to support the opening of the new École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais (Fernbank, Ottawa), the new secondary school in Orléans, and the new elementary school in Avalon West (Orléans).

A balanced budget concentrating on four priorities

The budget planning process was guided by the four priority performance objectives for the coming school year. Here are the main expenses associated with the 2015-16 annual priorities:

1.       Closing performance gaps

-          $1,6 million for the strategy to support lower-performing schools

-          $1,8 million to support literacy and numeracy

-          $1,4 million to support special education teachers and educators

2.       Providing a caring and safe school environment

-          $704,000 for a caring and safe school environment

-          $140,000 for the mental health strategy

-          $140,000 for safety equipment in elementary schools

-          $10,000 for concussion prevention and treatment

 

3.       Supporting the development of students’ francophone Catholic identity

-       $404,000 to support teaching staff

-       $336,000 for cultural activities in schools

-       $170,000 for the Catholic vision and caring strategy

4.       Recruiting and retaining more students

-       $225,000 to develop the international strategy

-       $150,000 for recruitment, retention and awareness campaigns

-       $80,000 for the bilingualism program

Other organizational initiatives

-       $8.4 million for the Strategy for French-Language Learners and Newcomers
-       $1.5 million for early childhood
-       $1.2 million to train teaching staff
-       $595,000 for specialized secondary school programs
-       $400,000 for sustainable development
-       $322,800 to maintain 6 positions to support the use of technology in learning
-       $260,000 to modernize libraries for the digital age
-       $100,000 to implement pedagogy innovation projects in schools


“This budget is the result of rigorous efforts to optimize our resources for student success and well-being,” said Denis Poirier, CECCE Chair. “It will enable us to pursue our quest for excellence.”

“This year especially, we are proud of our success in maintaining programs and services focused on student success and well-being despite budget challenges,” said Bernard Roy, CECCE Director of Education. “This is a balanced budget that will meet students’ needs while fulfilling ministry requirements.”

Entrepreneurship and Innovation the focus of the new École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais


June 17, 2015, OTTAWA – At their regular meeting yesterday, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) trustees voted in favour of the school community’s recommendation and approved a new concentration for École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais based on entrepreneurship and innovation.

The CECCE’s secondary schools in Ottawa all offer concentrations aligned with the needs of students, parents and the community. These concentrations provide students in grades 7 to 12 with specialized training and an opportunity to learn more about a field that really interests them.

“Our secondary school concentrations are one of the factors that have enabled us to achieve the highest graduation rate in the province,” said Bernard Roy, CECCE Director of Education. “Our secondary school students learn in the context of a field that they are passionate about, so school matters to them and they are motivated to learn. These concentrations give them a competitive advantage when they pursue post-secondary education, train for a trade or enter the job market.”

The new concentration in entrepreneurship and innovation was selected following broad consultations involving students, parents and the community. The consultation identified several fields, three of which were considered as concentrations for this school: technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and visual and digital arts.

Entrepreneurship and innovation were selected because they mesh best with existing programs, are most feasible and offer good opportunities to network with the community.

“The CECCE is very pleased to see that the concentration selected for the new École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais is aligned with what students and the community want. Innovation and entrepreneurship are key skills that we want to help our students develop to keep our businesses competitive in our communities” explained Denis Poirier, CECCE Chair.

During the first school year, in 2015-16, students in grades 7 to 9 at École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais will get a preview of the new concentration because the general concepts will be integrated into the curriculum and the school’s activities and projects. Students will have the option to enrol in the preconcentration for grades 7 and 8 or in the concentration itself for grades 9 and 10 as of February 2016 in preparation for the following school year.

École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais will welcome its first cohort of students in grades 7 to 9 at the beginning of the 2015 school year. They will be temporarily housed at École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard until their new building on Abbott Street is ready in February 2016.
 

New “In the Zone” Sports FOCUS Program at École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier

KINGSTON, June 4, 2015 – Today, École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier officially launched its brand new “In the Zone” Sports Focus program. This program, to be offered at the start of the 2015-2016 school year, will be oriented around sport, health and leadership. Designed for students in grades 11 and 12, and offered to grade 9 and 10 students as a pre-concentration, it is aimed at students who are passionate about sport and who want to expand their physical abilities and rise to new challenges.

Although the school already offers the Sports Active Life program to students in grades 11 and 12, the “In the Zone” Sports Focus program differs by allowing student athletes to develop state-of-the-art tools that will help them become better athletes. Students enrolled in the program will be able to build and follow a physical training and sports nutrition program designed for their particular needs. They will study the anatomy and physiology of the human body, especially as it relates to physical activity and sports injuries.

The Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, Denis Poirier, is pleased by this news: “The addition of this program really demonstrates the importance of listening to our school community in order to continually improve and develop new programs that meet the needs of our students. This Focus program will help students develop state-of-the-art tools in order to become better athletes, while learning to achieve a balance in their own lives and to work as a team.”

“The need for a new sports program at the school was identified by both the students and the parents. It was essential for us to offer a program that focused on health and well-being as well as physical activity and leadership,” said Judith Sincennes, Principal of École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier. “The program can be tailored to students based on their skill level; it meets their current needs, pushes them to excel, and encourages a balanced lifestyle on a day-to-day basis.”

École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier offers the regular school program from grades 7 to 12, as well as a Specialist High Skills Major in Health, the Sports Active Life program, and now the “In the Zone” Sports FOCUS Program.

Start of Reconstruction of École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Geneviève

OTTAWA, Thursday, June 4, 2015 - This afternoon, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) held a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of the reconstruction of École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Geneviève located at 2198 Arch Street, Ottawa.

The project, valued at 6.6 million $, will allow the renovation of the school, which will be able to accommodate 714 students, compared to the 598 existing places. Set to begin in July 2015, the reconstruction and renovations will be complete for the start of the 2016 school year.

The renovated facilities will include:

-          10 new classrooms,
-          4 additional preschool and kindergarten classrooms,
-          the relocation of the library,
-          the renovation of the gymnasium.

According to Denis Poirier, CECCE Chair, “A groundbreaking ceremony is a gesture of hope representing the Board's commitment to consistently wanting to provide the best facilities for the development and well-being of the girls and boys attending our schools. Today's event takes us a step closer towards a better future for our students.”

“Not only will École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Geneviève have new classrooms, but everything will be arranged so as to foster learning in the digital age,” explains Bernard Roy, CECCE Director of Education. “To promote cooperation and teamwork, we plan to implement reconfigurable classrooms: open and well-organized spaces that will spark students' creativity. We will spare no expense to support the success and well-being of each and every student.”

Name Selected for the New Catholic Secondary School in Fernbank

May 28, 2015, OTTAWA – At its regular meeting on May 26, 2015, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) adopted a name for the new Catholic secondary school being built in the Fernbank area of Stittsville (Ottawa). It will be called École secondaire catholique Paul Desmarais.  

“The life and work of Paul Desmarais reflect the values of innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship: important values for the school community of the new secondary school,” says Bernard Roy, Director of Education at the CECCE.

Last March, the school board had asked the name selection committee to consult the school community on its preference for a name. The name selection committee included parents of the students at elementary and secondary schools in Ottawa’s west end. A survey was used to consult staff members and the parents and guardians of students registered at the new Catholic secondary school in Fernbank, including the students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 from the elementary feeder schools and students from the Collège catholique Franco-Ouest living in the area of the new secondary school. 

“The school board is happy with the school community’s participation and listened to its wishes for the name of the future École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais,” noted Denis Poirier, school board president. “The school community has made an excellent decision in honoring this great Franco-Ontario businessperson and philanthropist.”

The students of the new École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais will be temporarily accommodated at the École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. This is a temporary measure until the new building opens in February 2016. A proposal will be made to school board trustees in June regarding a specialized program for the school, often called “concentration.”

Construction Begins on New Catholic Secondary School in Orleans

OTTAWA, Thursday, May 7, 2015 – This afternoon, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) broke ground for the long-awaited construction of a new French-language Catholic secondary school in the Orleans sector of Ottawa’s east end at 6280 Renaud Road.

“This new school will meet a real need expressed by families seeking French-language Catholic secondary education for their children,” explained Denis Poirier, CECCE Chair. “Rising enrolment at both of our secondary schools in Ottawa’s east end proves that the Francophone community in that part of the city is flourishing. Thanks to this new school, the Francophone Catholic community will continue to thrive.”

This $23.4 million construction project is for a two-story school that will accommodate 781 students.

According to MPP Marie-France Lalonde, “Education has always been a priority for our government and for my riding of Ottawa-Orleans. Today I am proud to participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for a new French Catholic high school. Our investment of 20,6M$ is meeting the needs of our students and the growing population of Orléans.”

According to Bernard Roy, CECCE Director of Education, “We will put in place the programs and services necessary to help students become assertive and empowered young adults. I am confident that our devoted, competent staff will create a caring and inspiring learning environment in which each and every student can learn, pursue their dreams and build a better world.”

The new building will include the following:

  • 20 classrooms
  • 5 science laboratories
  • 4 computer and technical laboratories
  • 4 music and art rooms
  • 2 student support rooms
  • 1 stage, resource centre, cafeteria, chapel
  • 1 triple gymnasium, 1 exercise room and 4 change rooms

During its first year of operation, the new secondary school will house students in grades 7 to 10. One grade will be added every year after that for a full complement of grades 7 to 12 in 2018-2019.

As of the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, the enriched program will be offered to grade 7 and 8 students seeking a greater academic challenge. In addition, in accordance with the wishes expressed during consultation with the school community, the new secondary school will be equipped to offer a concentration that will make a series of specialized courses in a specific field available to all Ottawa students.

Approximately 200 students in grades 7 to 9 within the catchment areas for Notre-Dame-des-Champs and Alain-Fortin Catholic elementary schools will attend the new school when it is scheduled to open in August 2016.

New school for École élémentaire catholique Horizon-Jeunesse students

OTTAWA, April 10, 2015 – At a press conference this afternoon, the Honorable Madeleine Meilleur, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, announced that the Ontario Ministry of Education will provide $8.2 million to build a new school to replace the existing École élémentaire catholique Horizon-Jeunesse. Work is slated to begin in the summer of 2016.

According to CECCE Chair, Denis Poirier, “At the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, our focus is always on providing an environment where, as our mission states, students are engaged in learning, pursuing their dreams, and building a better world. The new school building will provide students in Vanier with a quality facility that meets families’ expectations.”

There are many reasons to build a new school. Built in 1949, additions were added seven times in its first 34 years. The original building was designed to accommodate 886 students, the capacity of a high school, but currently has approximately 340 students. The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is very pleased with the Ministry’s decision to finance the construction of a new school.

The new school, to be built on the same site, will accommodate 340 students. The new building will be smaller but much more efficient, and will enable the CECCE to save nearly $5 million in energy and annual maintenance costs over 20 years. This school with cutting edge technology will foster 21st century learning and the development of students’ skills in a digital age.  

Bernard Roy, the CECCE’s Director of Education, is delighted with the news. “This school has always been a model that fully meets the needs of students and their families. At Horizon-Jeunesse, there is a deep sense of fellowship among parents, the community and staff. Horizon-Jeunesse is a beacon of the Francophonie and a hub thanks to its many community partners.”

Located at 349 Olmstead Street in Vanier, the building has been used for several purposes and has seen many students come and go. Originally, it was used as a secondary school, first as the bilingual Eastview High School, then as École  secondaire André-Laurendeau. After that, the building was home to two separate elementary schools at the same time: Le Petit Prince for children from kindergarten to grade 3, and Vision-Jeunesse for students from grade 4 to grade 6. In 2010, both elementary schools were merged to create the present École élémentaire catholique Horizon-Jeunesse.

Construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2016 and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2017.

Bernard Roy to retire from the CECCE

February 11, 2015 OTTAWA – After five years at the helm of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), Bernard Roy is leaving his position as Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer. His career, spanning 34 years in the field of education, has been completely dedicated to serving the students and staff of the French-language Catholic schools in the greater Ottawa area.

CECCE Chair Denis Poirier said, “Bernard Roy is an illustrious product of the system he helped build: he grew up in our schools as a student, then he devoted his entire professional life to it as a teacher, consultant, principal, superintendent and, finally, as Director of Education. He has enjoyed a remarkable career in the field of education.” He added, “The school board trustees thank him for his visionary leadership, his innovation, his emphasis on transparency, and his professional rigour. His commitment to the success and well-being of each and every student, and to the excellence of our schools, services and programs, is undeniable.”

A period of growth

Since Bernard Roy took the reins as Director of Education in 2010, the CECCE has attracted 3,000 new students. Offering high-quality facilities and services has been a priority for him. No less than $150 million was invested in building four new elementary schools and two secondary schools, as well as expanding eight elementary and three secondary schools. This growth allowed 415 additional staff members to be hired to benefit the students, making the CECCE a major economic driver and the largest francophone employer in the Ottawa area, with 2,461 regular and casual employees.

Success from every perspective

Bernard Roy is leaving the organization with a new strategic vision, to “inspire every student to learn, pursue their dreams, and build a better world,” as the CECCE’s mission says. Upon completing secondary school, all students, enriched and inspired by their Catholic and francophone identity, will have reached their full potential by becoming critical and creative thinkers, assertive and mature young adults, and engaged and ethical citizens.

Furthermore, under Bernard Roy’s direction, the CECCE’s students have stood out many times on the tests administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office of Ontario (EQAO). For several years, they have been top ranked in Ontario in reading, writing and mathematics (Grade 3), in mathematics (Grade 6), and on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (Grade 10). As well, the graduation rate is 93% and the student dropout rate has held steady at 1.1% for five years.

A focus on innovation

The innovative projects Bernard Roy is particularly proud of include the specialized programs, such as the addition of 19 FOCUS programs, which give secondary school students authentic learning experiences in a field in the world of work.

The launch of learning in the digital age helps students adapt to a constantly changing world through cooperative activities. It was under Bernard Roy that every school was provided with wireless Internet access. Over five years, a total of 10,000 computers and 1,000 interactive whiteboards were acquired to support our educational and technological initiatives. Today, the CECCE’s schools are properly equipped to integrate pedagogy and new technologies that will allow students to develop their digital citizenship.

It was under Bernard Roy that the International Student Program took flight – indeed, the CECCE is the first French-language school board in Ontario to offer this type of program.

He also oversaw the implementation of bilingualism certification, making the CECCE the first French-language school board outside Quebec to use the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), an internationally recognized standard.

Ultimately, it is with a sense of a job well done that Bernard Roy is retiring from the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est: “I can look back on the past five years at the helm of the CECCE with a tremendous amount of pride. The teamwork of our staff members has allowed us to meet some real challenges and achieve great things,” he said. “Thanks to our dedicated and welcoming staff, the Catholic schools of the CECCE will always be recognized for the excellence of their programs and services and, most of all, for their emphasis on the success and well-being of each and every student. The CECCE is in an excellent position to remain a leader in education.”

Bernard Roy will wrap up his tenure in July 2015. The school board trustees will soon be starting the selection process for the next Director of Education.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

Solar panels installed at two Catholic secondary schools in Ottawa

Monday, February 9, 2015, OTTAWA — The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to join forces with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Coop (OREC) in launching two new solar energy projects on the rooftops of two secondary schools. The first, a 150‑kilowatt system, will be installed on the roof of École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité, and generate 244,000 kilowatt-hours and $185,000 in rental income per year. The second, a 100-kilowatt system on the roof of Collège catholique Franco-Ouest, will produce 140,000 kilowatt-hours of green energy. Rental of the school’s rooftop by OREC will generate $60,000 in income for the CECCE for its sustainable development projects.

“The students will benefit from the added educational value through learning about renewable energy, since the solar panels will be a topic of analysis and discussion in the classroom,” said Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE. “As a result, we will be raising a generation of environmentally responsible citizens who will be able to contribute actively to building a fairer, greener, more united world.”

These two new community solar energy projects come in addition to the ten other CECCE schools connected to the Ontario power grid. The rental income will be generated under a 20-year contract between OREC and the Ontario Power Authority. It is expected that the new solar assemblies at École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité and Collège catholique Franco-Ouest will be integrated into the provincial power grid in February 2015.

According to the Chair of the CECCE, Denis Poirier, this project reflects the school board’s commitment to sustainable development – a major component of the CECCE’s strategic vision: “The CECCE strives to act as an environmentally responsible citizen, and to raise environmentally responsible citizens,” he said. “That’s why we believe students should be ethical and engaged citizens with an outlook and behaviours that are sensitive to the environment.”

The CECCE established its sustainable development plan in 2009. In addition to its many initiatives to reduce paper consumption, save energy, collect water and cut waste, the CECCE has integrated sustainable development concepts into every area of its elementary and secondary school curricula.

Previously, the CECCE had worked with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Coop on a first, 74-kilowatt solar project installed at Collège catholique Samuel-Genest, which began generating electricity in July 2014. It is expected to provide more than 100,000 kilowatt-hours per year to the Ontario power grid – enough to power 2.5 million 40W light bulbs for one hour. It’s a system that, over 20 years, will provide $140,000 in rental income to go toward the CECCE’s sustainable development initiatives.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

Jason Dupuis receives Canada’s Outstanding Principals award

Tuesday, January 27, OTTAWA – The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to learn that Jason Dupuis, principal of École secondaire catholique Garneau, has been selected as one of 40 school principals to receive Canada’s Outstanding Principals award from The Learning Partnership. This makes him the first principal of a French-language secondary school to receive this prestigious award.

 

Every year, The Learning Partnership recognizes 40 exceptional principals having excelled in educational leadership, commitment to the community, and integration of innovative methods having a direct impact on students’ success.

 

“Mr. Dupuis meets the education leadership criteria established for principals eligible to receive this award. He stands out in terms of his creativity, critical thinking, and open-mindedness,” explained Julie Matte, Superintendent of Education of the CECCE. “He is constantly seeking dynamic solutions – in collaboration with his staff, students, and community – in his quest to improve students’ academic performance and wellness.”  

 

“Under Mr. Dupuis’ leadership, Garneau has undergone a veritable wave of learning changes in the classroom. He has brought his team, students, and their parents together around this major project – which is nothing less than the shift to the digital age,” explained Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE. “Through this shift, students benefit from an engaging and differentiated pedagogy that promotes dialogue and ’seach student development. It encourages students to discover their world with curiosity while at the same time developing their critical thinking skills.”

 

The principals receiving this award will attend a leadership training program exclusive to the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management – one of the country’s most respected business schools. They will also be inducted into The Learning Partnership’s National Academy and join its current 350 members – all the education leaders previously recognized by this

organization.

 

The principals will be honoured by the organization at its annual gala taking place on February 24 in Toronto.

Changes to the CECCE Board of Trustees

OTTAWA, December 4, 2014 – Board trustees were sworn in for their new four-year terms at the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est’s inaugural and organizational meeting tuesday evening.

The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, was on hand to swear in the 11 trustees. There are two new faces at the table: Trustee Robert Lemelin, who represents taxpayers in Renfrew and South Algonquin, and Trustee Anouk Tremblay, who represents Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.

Denis Poirier, the board trustee for Beacon Hill-Cyrville and Rideau-Rockcliffe, was reappointed as Chair of the board. “I am proud to be able to work with the other trustees to promote the CECCE’s new vision,” he said. “We will continue to lobby Ontario’s Minister of Education for quality facilities for our students, their families and the whole community.” Trustee Johanne Lacombe’s mandate as Vice-Chair was also extended for a second term.

The Director of Education, Bernard Roy, took the opportunity to present highlights from the 2013-14 annual report. Mr. Roy gave an overview of the CECCE’s successes of the past year and underscored the contributions of a number of individuals. “Board trustees contribute so much by making good decisions in the best interests of our students and our school communities,” he said. The Director of Education also thanked parents for their trust and recognized the passion of all staff members who work to ensure the well-being and success of every child.

The video presented at the meeting is available here (French only). The full annual report is available online at 2013‑2014.ecolecatholique.ca (French only).  

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

Construction Begins on New Catholic Secondary School in Fernbank

OTTAWA, Friday, November 7, 2014 – This morning, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) broke ground to begin the long-awaited construction of a new French-language Catholic school in the Fernbank area of Ottawa’s west end at 5315 Abbott Street.

This $27.1 million construction project is for a two-story school that can accommodate 759 students.

The new building will include the following:

17 classrooms
5 science laboratories
5 computer and technical laboratories
5 music and art rooms
3 student support rooms
1 stage, resource centre, cafeteria, chapel
1 triple gymnasium, 1 exercise room and 4 change rooms

During its first year of operation, the new secondary school will house students in grades 7 to 9. One grade will be added every year after that for a full complement of grades 7 to 12 in 2018-19.

Because construction will not be completed by the beginning of the 2015 school year, students will be temporarily housed at École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard for the first semester until February 2016.

As of the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, the enriched program will be offered to grade 7 and 8 students seeking a greater academic challenge. In addition, in accordance with the wishes expressed during consultation with the school community, the new secondary school will be equipped to offer a concentration that will make a series of specialized courses in a specific field available to all Ottawa students.

“This new school will meet a real need expressed by families seeking French-language Catholic secondary education for their children," explained Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE. “Rising enrolment at both of our secondary schools in Ottawa’s west end proves that the Francophone community in that part of the city is flourishing. This new school will help the Francophone community in Ottawa’s west end continue to thrive.”  

According to Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE, “Breaking ground is so much more than just digging up some dirt with a shovel. We are symbolically preparing the ground for what is to be built here: a nurturing community in which every child can learn, pursue their dreams and build a better world.”

Approximately 300 students in grades 7 to 9 within the catchment areas for Élisabeth‑Bruyère (excluding Bells Corners), J.‑L.‑Couroux, Saint‑Jean‑Paul‑II, Roger‑Saint‑Denis (excluding Crystal Beach) and Saint‑Rémi Catholic elementary schools will attend the new school when it is scheduled to open in February 2016.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

Catholic secondary school in Fernbank: The CECCE announces details on the opening and catchman area

OTTAWA, Wednesday, October 29, 2014At the regular meeting of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est on October 28, school board trustees made important decisions regarding the opening date and attendance boundary of the new Catholic secondary school in Fernbank, in the Kanata area of the City of Ottawa.

Opening of the new building pushed back

The building under construction at 5315 Abbott St. will open in February 2016 instead of August 2015, due to, among other factors, delays in purchasing the land (resulting from zoning and availability of city services) and approval of the building permit by the City of Ottawa. Construction work was unable to start until September 2014.

Temporary site

At the start of the 2015 school year, Fernbank secondary school students in Grades 7 to 9 will be housed, on a temporary basis, at École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard, in the Barrhaven area of Ottawa. The first semester will therefore be held at Pierre-Savard (from September 2015 to January 2016). This contingency plan is necessary because Collège catholique Franco-Ouest (CCFO) has reached maximum capacity and cannot accept more students in September 2015.

A smooth transition

The CECCE will ensure students experience a smooth transition to the schedule and operation of their new school. For example, the classroom groups of the future secondary school will already be formed at the temporary site at Pierre-Savard, and will be transferred to the new building in February 2016. As well, even at the temporary site, the start time for classes for the Fernbank school students will be 9:15 a.m. (as for the new site), whereas classes for Pierre-Savard students will start at 8:10 a.m., as per their usual timetable.

In order to ensure students are divided properly based on the capacity of the three French Catholic secondary schools in Ottawa’s west end, students who will be in Grades 10, 11, and 12 in 2015-2016 will continue their studies in their original secondary school (Franco-Ouest or Pierre-Savard), until they obtain their diploma. The new secondary school in Fernbank will offer Grades 7, 8 and 9 in 2015-2016, and add Grade 10 in 2016-2017, Grade 11 in 2017-2018 and Grade 12 in 2018-2019.

New attendance boundaries

On May 20, the CECCE consulted the school communities of the French Catholic elementary schools in Ottawa’s west end, as well as the parents of the students at Pierre-Savard and Franco-Ouest Catholic secondary schools. In total, 90 people participated in the public consultation. The presentation was also posted on the CECCE’s website for feedback from parents.

Here is how the attendance boundaries and feeder elementary schools will break down by secondary school (changes in bold):

Secondary schools

Feeder schools

Franco-Ouest

Part of Édouard-Bond, the Bells Corners area of Élisabeth-Bruyère, Laurier-Carrière, the Crystal Beach area of Roger-Saint-Denis, Saint-François-d’Assise, Terre-des-Jeunes.

Pierre-Savard

 

Part of Bernard-Grandmaître and Sainte-Bernadette, Jean-Robert-Gauthier, Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, Sainte-Kateri and Sainte-Thérèse-d’Avila, Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys (northern part).

Fernbank

 

Élisabeth-Bruyère (excluding Bells Corners), J.-L.-Couroux, Saint-Jean-Paul II, Roger-Saint-Denis (excluding Crystal Beach), Saint-Rémi.

At the request of parents, the area around Crystal Beach (Kanata) will be kept within the attendance boundary of Collège catholique Franco-Ouest. The northern part of Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys (Merrickville), which is currently within the attendance boundary of Collège catholique Franco-Ouest, will be integrated into the École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard area. Students in Grades 7 through 9 in the Laurier-Carrière area will be redirected to Collège Franco-Ouest starting in fall 2015. However, students in Grades 10 through 12 will be able to continue at Pierre-Savard with transportation.

To view the boundary map, for the new Fernbank French Catholic click here.

To view the new boundary map, for Collège catholique Franco-Ouest click here.

To view the new boundary map, for École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard click here.

The Chair of the CECCE, Denis Poirier, is confident that the community in the west end will be well served: “The new attendance boundaries meet the shared needs and concerns of the families in the school communities in question,” he said. “As defined, the new boundaries will ensure the viability of all three French-language Catholic secondary schools in Ottawa’s west end.”

Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE, identified the advantages: “In the short term, the new attendance boundaries will help ease the overpopulation at Collège catholique Franco-Ouest. In the long term, the student body will be divided up in a way that optimizes the occupation rate of the secondary schools and expands the offering of a quality French-language education in Ottawa’s west end.”

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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For further information: Roxanne Deevey, Director of Communications and Community Relations — Media line: 613-746-3525

E-mail: deever@ecolecatholique.ca

For World Mental Health Day, the CECCE introduces new tools!

OTTAWA, October 10, 2014 – This October 10, for World Mental Health Day, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to be releasing 18 information packages on mental health, created in partnership with the Centre Psychosocial and the Cowan Foundation.

Mental health is of the utmost importance to the CECCE, because health and well-being play an essential role in student success at school. As Director of Education Bernard Roy says, “We are pleased to be providing these mental health information packages to our social workers, psychologists and other stakeholders, so that they can continue providing the support and encouragement needed to ensure that each and every student reaches his or her full potential.”

The packages are grouped by theme, and offer quick links to mental health agencies and specialized resources to help stakeholders, teachers and parents better support the students. The packages are available on the website of the Centre Psychosocial.

A package on psychological trauma is also being introduced today and is available on the same website. As well, two more packages are currently being finalized, and will be posted there shortly.

The CECCE was able to join forces with the Centre Psychosocial and the Cowan Foundation in order to give school staff, stakeholders and families the tools they need, while also helping to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and encourage the community to promote good mental health.

The Executive Director of the Centre Psychosocial, René-Guy Cantin, said that the project is a logical extension of the Centre’s work: “We are committed to pursuing our common goal by producing other packages that may respond to specific or emerging issues, and that will be made available to stakeholders as soon as they’re ready.”

Lucie Leroux, Senior Consultant at Cowan Insurance Group, said that the Cowan Foundation is “proud to be associated with this initiative, which is a support tool that will make a difference in the lives of children and young people.”

The objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness among the general public on mental health issues and the resources available. According to the World Health Organization, schools are the perfect place to promote mental health among children and youth.

With more than 21 000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

A breath of fresh air for École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne

OTTAWA, October 3, 2014 – After three phases of construction, renovation and demolition, this afternoon, École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne officially unveiled its new facilities on Beausoleil Drive, in Ottawa’s Lowertown. The purpose of this $7.2‑million construction project was to breathe new life into the school, which was first built in 1955.

The facilities now include 5 new classrooms, a library, a collaboration room and a new daycare, which provides room for 30 toddlers and preschoolers. Moreover, all the old classrooms have been renovated in order to create airy spaces that will promote student creativity.

Thanks to these new, modern workspaces, students can rearrange their environment using easily reconfigurable furniture, interactive whiteboards on wheels, and laptop and tablet computers in order to facilitate the development of cooperation, communication and critical thinking skills in the digital age. With wireless Internet access throughout the school, students also have the mobility they need to work in any location that inspires them and meets their needs.

École Sainte-Anne is also now equipped to make the whole school fully accessible to all students. Indeed, Sainte-Anne is the only school in Lowertown that directly meets the needs of multihandicapped children.

Renovations to the school’s infrastructures were long overdue: the school is one of the oldest in the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). According to Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE, “By expanding and renovating this school, we are pleased to be able to meet the needs of families in Lowertown and the surrounding area who desire a quality French-language Catholic education for their children”.

Bernard Roy, Director of Education at the CECCE, added that these new facilities will contribute to the success and well-being of the school’s students in keeping with new approaches to pedagogy and technology emerging in the digital age: “We want the facilities that are now available to the students to continue instilling a sense of belonging, and pride in being part of the broader family of École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne.”

École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne offers French-language Catholic education to 180 students from JK to Grade 6, as well as “Petits pas à trois,” a preschool program for three-year-old children. The school is also the only French-language Catholic school in Centretown, Sandy Hill and Lowertown.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

The CECCE and Frontenac Cultural Centre forge a partnership

September 26, 2014 

KINGSTON – With the opening of the 2014-2015 artistic season at the Frontenac Cultural Centre, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est(CECCE) is proud to announce a new partnership bringing these two organizations together to promote francophone culture among students in the Kingston, Brockville, Merrickville and Trenton areas. Under a four-year agreement, schools will have access to free tickets for performances at Kingston’sThéâtre L'Octave.

The CECCE and its schools in the region will benefit from increased visibility during shows and promotions by the Frontenac Cultural Centre. As well, students will have access to specially priced tickets, as a way of promoting francophone culture among young people. The schools involved in the partnership are École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier (Kingston), École élémentaire catholique Monseigneur-Rémi-Gaulin (Kingston), École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys (Merrickville), Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel (Brockville) and École élémentaire catholique L’Envol (Trenton).

The opportunity to strengthen the synergy between the CECCE and the community in the area is an exciting one, according to Anne Gutknecht, Executive Director of the Frontenac Cultural Centre: “There is no education without culture, just as there is no culture without education. The Frontenac Cultural Centre is proud to count the CECCE as one of its artistic partners for the next four years. This partnership will help valorize francophone culture in the Kingston and Thousand Islands community, especially among the next generation. Together, we will make this artistic leap.”

“An agreement of this size gives our students many opportunities to steep themselves in francophone culture, and become engaged citizens and active members of the broader Franco-Ontarian family,” said Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est.

CECCE Chair Denis Poirier agrees: “The Frontenac Cultural Centre is already a cultural leader in the Kingston region. This partnership will make francophone culture even more accessible to our students.”

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test - CECCE’s students achieve the best results in the province

OTTAWA, September 24, 2014 — The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud of the results obtained by its grade 9 and 10 students on the provincial tests administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) last spring. According to the information released today by the EQAO, the results for CECCE’s grade 10 students on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) are the best in the province and the results for grade 9 students exceed the provincial standard in mathematics.

Indeed, the CECCE’s grade 10 students achieved a 92% success rate on the OSSLT. Among CECCE’s grade 9 students, 88% demonstrated an in-depth understanding (level 4) or good understanding (level 3) on the academic mathematics test. Grade 9 students also saw their success rate on the applied mathematics test increase 6% over the previous year.

The results for two schools stood out in particular. At Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel, 100% of students reached the provincial standard for the academic mathematics test while at the Centre professionnel et technique Minto, the same percentage was achieved on the applied mathematics test. The success rate for these two schools on the OSSLT is also 100 %.

Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE, wished to emphasize that “the excellent results obtained by our grade 9 and 10 students on the provincial tests come on the heels of those released last week for our grade 3 and 6 students. These results show that from Junior kindergarten to grade 12, the staff in our schools work together to support and engage all students in their learning so they can progress toward their full potential.”

Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE, was also very pleased with grade 9 students’ results in mathematics. “We are proud to see that the educational strategies employed in the CECCE’s schools are proving effective in mathematics. These results confirm our vision as a recognized leader in transforming the educational experience.”

It bears repeating that in grades 3 and 6, the CECCE’s results on the provincial tests administered by the EQAO came first in Ontario in four of the six results released on September 17, namely in mathematics for grades 3 and 6 as well as in reading and writing for grade 3.

With over 21,000 students attending 41 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools, and its school for adults, the CECCE represents the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

Outstanding results for CECCE’s students on provincial tests

For immediate release

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OTTAWA – The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud of the results achieved by its grade 3 and 6 students on the provincial tests administered last spring by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). Our students’ results are the best in the province in four of the six categories released today: grade 3 and 6 mathematics and grade 3 reading and writing.

The vast majority of grade 3 and 6 students exceeded the provincial standard by demonstrating good comprehension (level 3) or in-depth comprehension (level 4) in the subjects evaluated. Indeed, 88% of grade 3 students achieved level 3 or 4 performance in reading and writing and 85% did so on in mathematics. The grade 6 students also obtained very satisfactory results, with 93% achieving level 3 or 4 performance in reading, 92% in writing and 86% doing so in mathematics.

The CECCE also wishes to highlight the results of four schools in which 100% of the students achieved a level 3 or 4 performance in all three subject areas evaluated, namely reading, writing, and mathematics. This exploit was achieved by the grade 3 students attending École élémentaire catholique J.-L.-Couroux as well as the grade 6 students attending École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau, École élémentaire catholique Saint-Guillaume, and École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Kateri.

In the provincial EQAO report released today, we also note that the staff team at École élémentaire catholique Saint-François-d’Assise was recognized for how they are using the EQAO data to improve their educational approach. (available here)

The students of East-Central Ontario’s French-language Catholic schools are once again standing out through the excellence of their results. As Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE, explained, “Our students’ success would not be possible without the support of all CECCE staff members, who every day provide students with the supervision and attention they need to ensure their wellness and success. The dedication shown by our staff makes it possible to engage all students in learning, pursuing their dreams, and building a better world.”

The Chair of the CECCE, Denis Poirier, is also pleased with the students’ results on the EQAO tests. “These results demonstrate that the CECCE continues to excel through its innovative educational practices, which transform the students’ learning experience and help them reach their full potential.”

With over 21,000 students attending 41 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools, and its school for adults, the CECCE represents the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

Project announced to build a new daycare at École élémentaire catholique George-Étienne-Cartier

OTTAWA, September 8, 2014 – The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to announce that a new preschool daycare along with a before and after school service will open at the École élémentaire catholique George-Étienne-Cartier in Ottawa’s Hunt Club South neighborhood in September 2015.

“It is essential for the CECCE to offer a range of services supporting families,” stated Denis Poirier, Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. “The learning of French is key to children’s development within our French-language Catholic schools. These new services will fully meet families’ needs.”

Daycare for children aged 18 months to 4 years

The new addition to the school will accommodate 15 children aged 18 to 30 months as well as 24 preschool children aged 2½ to 4 years. We will offer quality child care services in an entirely Francophone environment in the heart of the Hunt Club - Ottawa South urban community. The daycare will be accessible to all preschool children starting in September 2015.

Before and after school program for children in junior kindergarten to grade 6

The services offered by the preschool daycare will include a before and after school program for school-aged children. This service will replace the services currently being offered at the school and be designed to serve a larger number of families.

“École élémentaire catholique George-Étienne-Cartier is already allowing Francophone and bilingual families to receive the services they need to obtain the supervision and support that are key to their children’s development. This new daycare confirms our commitment to the community,” explained Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est.

Parents interested in the preschool daycare service or the before and after school service can place their children on the waiting list for the École George-Etienne-Cartier - daycare and before and after school program at www.ottawa.ca/childcare.

Some $720,000 provided through a Canada-Ontario grant is funding the construction of the facilities that will be used to offer these services within the school.

With its daycare and before and after school program in addition to its regular junior kindergarten to grade 6 school program, the École élémentaire catholique George-Étienne-Cartier will have over 330 students enrolled in its Ottawa school.

With over 21,000 students attending 41 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools, and its school for adults, the CECCE represents the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

Five Catholic elementary schools in Ottawa open their doors to children aged 0 to 6 years

OTTAWA, September 3, 2014 – One day a week throughout the school year, children from 0 to 6 years old will be invited to participate in playgroups at five Catholic elementary schools in Ottawa.

The infants, toddlers and children, along with their parent or guardian, will be welcomed by the educators of the Petits pas à trois preschool program in the school facilities, which are specially designed for preschoolers.

During the two-hour playgroups, children can count on the specialized staff to teach them nursery rhymes and songs, read books and tell stories during story time, do crafts and have fun, and to do it all entirely in French.

“The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is proud to be able to open its doors to its future students, and to families in the community who are looking for activities in French for their preschoolers,” said Denis Poirier, Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). “It’s also an opportunity for parents and guardians to get to know the school in their neighbourhood.”

“Because our preschool program for three-year-old children, Petits pas à trois, can only accept a limited number of children during the school year, this initiative will allow many more children to benefit from a francophone environment that’s tailored to their need to play, learn and grow,” said Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE.

Partnerships with a number of Ottawa organizations will also allow parents and guardians to get information and advice from a range of specialists who will be visiting the playgroups.

The playgroups will be offered during the school year, starting this week, in the following schools, at the times indicated:
 

École élémentaire catholique
Horizon-Jeunesse
349 Olmstead St.
Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
and 1 to 3 p.m.
École élémentaire catholique
La Vérendrye
614 Eastvale Dr.
Mondays from 9 to 11 a.m.
and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
École élémentaire catholique
Sainte-Bernadette
3781 Sixth St.
Wednesdays from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
École élémentaire catholique
Marius-Barbeau
1345 Notting Hill Ave.
Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.
and 1 to 3 p.m.
École élémentaire catholique
Sainte-Anne
235 Beausoleil Dr.
Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.
and 1 to 3 p.m.
 

 
With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

New facilities for École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité’s Faucons

Friday, August 29, 2014 – The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) proceeded this afternoon with the official opening the new sports facilities of École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité. Following the ceremony, guests were thrilled to tour the school’s new double gymnasiums and adjacent fitness rooms as well as its six new classrooms. The addition of these gymnasiums makes Franco-Cité the secondary school with the largest number of gymnasiums in Ontario.

“The CECCE strives to provide its students with an environment commensurate with their ambitions, challenges, and dreams. The addition of these new gymnasiums will motivate them to continue excelling and developing,” stated Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE. “The CECCE can now count on new sports facilities whose quality fully reflects our mission, namely to engage all students in learning, pursuing their dreams, and building a better world.”

It should be remembered that the École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité is one of only a handful of Ontario schools to offer a Sports-Study program. Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Education and a partnership with the Ottawa Internationals Soccer Club, this $7 million project to upgrade Franco-Cité’s sports facilities fully aligns with the mission of CECCE’s French-language Catholic schools.

“We are pleased to be able to provide Franco-Cité with high quality facilities worthy of its programs. These facilities will in turn strengthen our programs and allow our students to achieve athletic excellence within an optimal environment,” stated Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE.

École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité offers the grade 7 to 12 educational program to nearly 1300 students, in addition to a Sports-Study program, a FOCUS football program, and Specialist High Skills Majors in health and wellness and sports.

With over 21,000 students attending 41 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools, and its school for adults, the CECCE represents the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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Information:
Patrik Guillotte, Communications Officer, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Media line: 613-746-3525
guillp@ecolecatholique.ca www.ecolecatholique.ca

 

Province of Ontario approves the construction of a new French-language Catholic school in Orléans South

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 OTTAWA – The Minister of Education of Ontario, Liz Sandals, today announced the approval of a project to build a French-language Catholic school in the Avalon area of Orléans in the East end of Ottawa. This project, dubbed Avalon II, will cost $8.6 million and create 412 student spaces.

The new facility will relieve the enrollment pressures being felt at École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin located in Avalon– a rapidly expanding area of Orléans. With an expected enrollment of 689 students in 2014-2015, this school is at full capacity. The facility was initially built to provide 464 student spaces. To handle additional enrollment, the school has nine portable classrooms as well as a 10-classroom modular addition.

The Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), Denis Poirier, is pleased with this news. “It is important to build new schools in the areas where our Francophone families live,” he stated. “Every year, we at the CECCE work closely with the parents in our school communities to compile our list of priority projects,” he explained. “This new construction project is becoming a reality thanks to the collaboration that has developed between the CECCE and the community of École élémentaire catholique Alain-Fortin.” The Chair of the CECCE underscored the role that the school community of école Alain-Fortin had played in moving this issue forward with the Ontario Ministry of Education. He also expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Education for recognizing the need to move forward with this long-awaited construction project. 

Marie-France Lalonde, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans, is proud of the initiative : “Our government’s investments are supporting safe, modern facilities that meet the needs of students and school staff in Ottawa. When we help our local school boards improve and expand their infrastructure, we’re helping teachers and support staff focus on what matters most — student growth and success.”

"We make every effort to create an enriching environment for students that fosters the development of the skills they will need to succeed and achieve their dreams," stated Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE. "I am certain that the new school will fully meet this community's needs."

The CECCE expects to begin construction of the new Avalon elementary school in the spring of 2015. The school board is in the process of purchasing land in the West Avalon area of Orléans.

With over 21,000 students attending 41 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools, and its school for adults, the CECCE represents the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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Information: Roxanne Deevey, Director of Communications and Community Relations, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Cell: 613-298-4221 Media line: 613-746-3525
deever@ecolecatholique.ca

New school year begins for students of the CECCE’s French-language Catholic schools

Monday, August 25, 2014 – Tomorrow, over 21,600 students from junior kindergarten through grade 12 will begin a new school year in one of 51 schools part of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). Welcoming them will be over 2450 staff who are today putting the finishing touches on the preparations needed to ensure their wellness and success throughout the year.

Activities at some schools have gradually been ramping up since mid-August. In accordance with their balanced school year calendar, the students of École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître returned to class on August 14, and secondary students taking a trades concentration at Centre professionnel et technique Minto returned to class on August 19.

“The new school year will begin under the theme Believing everything is possible and with the watchwords hope, success, and growth,” explained Bernard Roy, Director of Education at the CECCE. Indeed, expected enrollment growth of 480 students and the construction of two secondary schools signal another year of growth for the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. “This growth reflects the confidence that parents show in us when they enroll their children in one of our schools. It is rewarding to see how much that parents appreciate the services offered by the CECCE and its schools,” stated Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE. “Our most recent parent survey indicated that over 94% of parents were satisfied with their child’s school.”

The 2013-2014 school year was marked by major construction projects at a number of CECCE schools. 

Construction work at École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne in Lowertown is almost finished, giving students access to brand-new classrooms and a renovated school thanks to a demolition and partial reconstruction project valued at $7.1 million. The community will be invited to see the quality of the new facilities with their own eyes at the official opening of the École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne in October.

Students of École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité will now have access to all the new facilities constructed over the past few months. The school, which offers a Sports-Study Program, has been upgraded with the addition of two double gymnasiums and related facilities, including a fitness room, as well as six classrooms. Athletes and community partners will officially open this new addition valued at $7.1 million on August 29.

The coming months will see ground broken on the construction of a new French-language Catholic secondary school in the community of Fernbank in West Ottawa.

New for 2014-2015

Following the launch of our international student program in March 2013, the CECCE is thrilled to be hosting its first students originating from various countries, who will be warmly welcomed and strongly supported by one of three Catholic secondary schools, namely Béatrice-Desloges, Franco-Cité, and Pierre-Savard.

In five of our 10 schools offering the Petits pas à trois junior kindergarten program, parents, guardians, and childcare professionals will, starting this September, benefits from having two play groups per week for children 0-6 years of age. The children will be supervised by the early childhood educators of the Petits pas à trois program in the early childhood education facilities of the schools in question.

The approximately 400 students enrolled at the French-language Catholic school in Stittsville will see their school’s name change slightly. With the canonization of Pope John Paul II last spring, the school will henceforth be known as the École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Paul II.

With over 21,000 students attending 41 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools, and its school for adults, the CECCE represents the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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Information:

Céline Bourbonnais
Senior Communications Officer
Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Media line: 613-746-3525
quesnc@ecolecatholique.ca
www.ecolecatholique.ca

Press Releases 2013-2014

For immediate release

New school year begins for students of the CECCE’s French-language Catholic schools

Monday, August 25, 2014 – Tomorrow, over 21,600 students from junior kindergarten through grade 12 will begin a new school year in one of 51 schools part of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). Welcoming them will be over 2450 staff who are today putting the finishing touches on the preparations needed to ensure their wellness and success throughout the year.

Activities at some schools have gradually been ramping up since mid-August. In accordance with their balanced school year calendar, the students of École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître returned to class on August 14, and secondary students taking a trades concentration at Centre professionnel et technique Minto returned to class on August 19.

“The new school year will begin under the theme Believing everything is possible and with the watchwords hope, success, and growth,” explained Bernard Roy, Director of Education at the CECCE. Indeed, expected enrollment growth of 480 students and the construction of two secondary schools signal another year of growth for the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. “This growth reflects the confidence that parents show in us when they enroll their children in one of our schools. It is rewarding to see how much that parents appreciate the services offered by the CECCE and its schools,” stated Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE. “Our most recent parent survey indicated that over 94% of parents were satisfied with their child’s school.”

The 2013-2014 school year was marked by major construction projects at a number of CECCE schools. 

Construction work at École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne in Lowertown is almost finished, giving students access to brand-new classrooms and a renovated school thanks to a demolition and partial reconstruction project valued at $7.1 million. The community will be invited to see the quality of the new facilities with their own eyes at the official opening of the École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne in October.

Students of École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité will now have access to all the new facilities constructed over the past few months. The school, which offers a Sports-Study Program, has been upgraded with the addition of two double gymnasiums and related facilities, including a fitness room, as well as six classrooms. Athletes and community partners will officially open this new addition valued at $7.1 million on August 29.

The coming months will see ground broken on the construction of a new French-language Catholic secondary school in the community of Fernbank in West Ottawa.

New for 2014-2015

Following the launch of our international student program in March 2013, the CECCE is thrilled to be hosting its first students originating from various countries, who will be warmly welcomed and strongly supported by one of three Catholic secondary schools, namely Béatrice-Desloges, Franco-Cité, and Pierre-Savard.

In five of our 10 schools offering the Petits pas à trois junior kindergarten program, parents, guardians, and childcare professionals will, starting this September, benefits from having two play groups per week for children 0-6 years of age. The children will be supervised by the early childhood educators of the Petits pas à trois program in the early childhood education facilities of the schools in question.

The approximately 400 students enrolled at the French-language Catholic school in Stittsville will see their school’s name change slightly. With the canonization of Pope John Paul II last spring, the school will henceforth be known as the École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Paul II.

With over 21,000 students attending 41 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools, and its school for adults, the CECCE represents the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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Information:

Céline Bourbonnais
Senior Communications Officer
Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Media line: 613-746-3525
quesnc@ecolecatholique.ca
www.ecolecatholique.ca
 

 



Six New Daycares for Ottawa’s French-Language Catholic Schools

Ottawa –April 16, 2014 The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is officially confirming the opening of 6 new daycare centres in Ottawa French Catholic schools.

“The excellent reputation our schools enjoy should have accessible daycare services to match, so as to better meet the needs of our families. That’s why we value the strong partnerships we have with our daycare service providers, and the excellent work of our early childhood educators, that allow us to offer families the French-language daycare services they need,” said Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE.

At École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau, 24 children from 2 1/2 to 4 years old will be cared for on school premises, in Ottawa’s South End, starting this fall. At École élémentaire catholique d’enseignement personnalisée Edouard-Bond in Nepean, construction of a new daycare in the school will allow the CECCE to offer childcare services to 26 children from 18 months to 4 years old starting in January 2015. At both of these schools, the CECCE will be continuing its partnership with Services à l'enfance Grandir Ensemble, which provides daycare programs for preschoolers as well as continuing to serve school-age children before and after class hours.

In Ottawa’s Lowertown, the CECCE is proud to announce a new partnership with Aladin Childcare Services, which will offer daycare services to children from 18 months to 4 years old, and will be taking over the school’s after-school program for students from JK to Grade 6 at École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne. These new services will begin in fall 2014.

Vanier’s École élémentaire catholique Horizon-Jeunesse will open its doors to preschoolers from 18 months to 4 years old, who will have a brand new daycare in the school over the course of 2015. This service will be provided by Services à l'enfance Brin de Soleil, which will also offer before and after school services to students from JK to Grade 6 starting in fall 2014.

At École élémentaire catholique des Pins, the Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orléans (MIFO) will be expanding the existing services to include children from 18 months to 4 years. Construction of this daycare will also provide new facilities for pre-schoolers over the course of 2015.

Finally, a new partner, Garderie des amis, will be offering an extended day program, with before and after school services for students in JK to Grade 6 at École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Thérèse d’Avila starting in the fall.

“We’re proud to be able to offer daycare services entirely in French in order to prepare preschoolers for success in our French-language Catholic schools. With French daycare services, children can socialize and grow with the support of educators who take their overall development and well-being to heart,” said Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est.

For more information about these new programs, contact the CECCE’s Early Childhood Education office at 613‑744-2555.

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For further information:

Céline Bourbonnais
Senior Communication Officer
Media phone line: 613-746-3525
quesnc@ecolecatholique.ca

 


 

 

The Inauguration of the first community-owned solar project on a school in Ottawa

Thursday, June 5, 2014

OTTAWA – This afternoon, during World Environment Day, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est and the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative (OREC) celebrated their collaborative solar project. The event occurred at Collège catholique Samuel-Genest where the solar panels are installed.  

“This is the first time the CECCE has had the opportunity to partner with a community organization on a solar project” said Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE. “Partnerships like these fit-in perfectly with our school board’s sustainable development plan.”

The 75 Kilowatt solar panel project has been 100% funded by investments of over 100 Ottawa residents through the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op. The school board will receive $140,000 over the life of the contract for the use of the roof space. The students of Collège catholique Samuel-Genest will benefit from pedagogical added value in learning about renewable energy by analysing the panels’ energy production in science classes. In addition to the educational and financial benefits to the school, there are environmental benefits also. The system is predicted to displace 37.4 tons of CO­­2 each year. This is equivalent to removing 9 cars from the road over its lifetime, or planting 5610 trees.

“This project fits perfectly into our updated student profile” said Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE. “After graduating from high school, students will have, among other things, a vision and an environmentally responsible behavior, and will be driven by an ideal of social justice and equity.”

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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For further information:
Roxanne Deevey

 

 

 


Director of Communications and Community Relations, CECCE
Media phone line: 613-746-3525
deever@ecolecatholique.ca

 

 


CECCE offers its secondary students an internationally recognized certification of bilingualism

For immediate release

June 10, 2014

Ottawa - The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to be Canada’s first Francophone school board outside Quebec to offer its students a bilingual certification evaluated by the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC). Thanks to this initiative, the 732 Grade 12 students who took this test last year can proudly include their results on their resumés. These students achieved an average score of 861 out of 990, which denotes advanced level of proficiency in English according to the TOEIC scale.

When students include their TOEIC score on their resumé along with a brief description of this certification, they may be exempted from undergoing other evaluations of their English-language skills. The score confirms to employers that students have all the skills required to fill a position requiring proficiency in English. Students can prove, even before they are interviewed, that they have the language skills needed to perform their work satisfactorily in Canada’s two official languages. Referring to this innovative initiative, Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE, stated, “We are thrilled to be able to offer our students the opportunity to add an internationally recognized test to their career profile”. 

Christopher McDonell, a Grade 12 student at the École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges, indicated that he also used his TOEIC score to apply for a research scholarship at the University of Ottawa. The positive impact of this bilingual certification is undeniable; it gives students more opportunities to succeed. As Bernard Roy, Director of Education, explained, “At the CECCE, we are proud to ‘think outside the box’ and give our students an edge in the form of bilingual certification that is credible and recognized internationally.”

The TOEIC is administered by external evaluators who are certified by Educational Testing Service (ETS) Canada. Students’ bilingualism is documented by a reliable external organization recognized in over 150 countries.

With over 21,000 students attending 41 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools, and its school for adults, the CECCE constitutes the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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Information:

Émilie Béland-Lupien

Communications Officer

Media line: 613-746-3525

belane@ecolecatholique.ca

 


 

24 CECCE schools certified EcoSchools


OTTAWA, June 5, 2014 – For three years, the CECCE’S French-language Catholic schools have been striving to lessen their environmental impact by reducing the amount of their waste going to landfills, saving energy, increasing their students’ environmental awareness, and greening their schoolyards.

This year, 24 schools of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, or nearly half the board’s schools, have achieved provincial EcoSchool environmental certification. Of the 24 certified schools, 9 obtained gold certification, the same number obtained silver certification, and 6 obtained bronze certification.

Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel – Gold
École élémentaire catholique George-Étienne-Cartier – Gold
École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau – Gold
École élémentaire catholique Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau – Gold
École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard – Gold
École élémentaire catholique Saint-François d’Assise – Gold
École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Geneviève – Gold
École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys – Gold
Collège catholique Samuel-Genest – Gold
École élémentaire catholique des Voyageurs – Silver
Collège catholique Franco-Ouest – Silver
École élémentaire catholique J.-L. Couroux – Silver
École élémentaire catholique La Vérendrye – Silver
École élémentaire catholique d’enseignement personnalisé La Source – Silver
École élémentaire catholique Laurier-Carrière – Silver
École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Bernadette – Silver
École élémentaire catholique Saint-Guillaume – Silver
École élémentaire catholique Saint-Rémi – Silver
Centre professionnel et technique Minto – Bronze
École élémentaire catholique des Pins – Bronze
École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité – Bronze
École secondaire catholique Garneau – Bronze
École élémentaire catholique Montfort – Bronze
École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d’Orléans – Bronze

This is a tangible reflection of the commitment by the staff members, students, and entire school communities of the facilities receiving this recognition. The schools earning EcoSchool certification─some of whom have been receiving it annually for the past three years─are proving that the environment is a priority for them.

“At the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, sustainable development has been an integral part of the organization for a number of years,” explained Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE. “This commitment has led to the development of a concrete action plan that is producing tangible results, both in the schools and the board’s head office,” he added.

Since 2009, when its sustainable development action plan was adopted, the CECCE has been committed to acting as an environmentally responsible organization training environmentally responsible citizens. All schools are showing their commitment to this action plan by instituting a range of initiatives designed to create a fairer, greener, and more united world.

In addition to the EcoSchool certification and various initiatives instituted by the CECCE and its schools, sustainable development has been integrated into the curriculum.

“I am very proud of the CECCE’s attachment to our role as an environmentally responsible organization training environmentally responsible citizens,” stated Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE. Through our action plan and values, we are training a new generation of environmentally aware citizens who will be able to pursue their dreams and build a better world.”

In the CECCE’s new 2014-2018 Strategic Vision, which includes a new Student Profile upon Finishing School, the skills identified reflect our commitment to making all students engaged and ethical citizens. Their vision and behaviour will reflect environmental awareness, and they will be motivated by an ideal of social justice and equity. 


Electric vehicle charging stations for the first time at an Ottawa school

April 22, 2014

OTTAWA – Students, staff, and elected school board members gathered together today at École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité to inaugurate two electric vehicle charging stations on school grounds. These charging stations are part of the overall sustainable development strategy of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). Located near the school’s parking lot, the stations will allow drivers, for a fee, to charge their electric vehicles for up to two hours.

The Chair of the CECCE, Denis Poirier, was enthusiastic: “Sustainable development is a real priority for the CECCE. By encouraging drivers of electric vehicles, we are supporting them in their efforts to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. Mr. Poirier added that the areas in which the CECCE is active in sustainable development include environmental impact reduction, commitment through action, and integration of sustainable development into the curriculum.

In fact, a number of students from the physics, mechanics and electricity courses at Franco-Cité and the Centre professionnel et technique Minto were on hand to learn about this technology. The participation of these students was very much in keeping with the school board’s sustainable development commitment to educating environmentally responsible citizens and being an environmentally responsible citizen.

The presence of several electric vehicle owners added a lot to the event. Students, staff members and the community were able to peek under the hood to see the mechanics of these increasingly popular vehicles. Car lovers even had the opportunity to admire some top-of-the-line models, such as the Tesla, and adults were invited to do a test drive.

This is a project that could be reproduced at other schools, thanks, in large part, to the income generated by the solar panels installed on the rooftops of eight elementary schools and the Collège catholique Samuel-Genest. According to Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, it is important to lead by example: “It is our hope that, one day, charging stations and electric vehicles will become the norm,” he said.  “Commitment through action means taking concrete steps toward building a fairer, greener, more united world.”

 


 

Jean-François Boulanger receives a Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award

                                                                                                                                  

January 30, 2014

OTTAWA – The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est was proud to learn that Jean-François Boulanger, Principal of École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne, has been selected as one of the 40 school principals to receive Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award from The Learning Partnership.

Every year, The Learning Partnership recognizes 40 exceptional school principals who have stood out for their leadership in education, involvement in the community, and use of innovative approaches that have had a direct impact on the success of their students.

“Mr. Boulanger meets the criteria of leadership in education that serve as a benchmark for selecting school principals worthy of receiving the award. He stands out first of all in his school, where he must accommodate a diverse clientele that reflects the changing face of the francophone community,” said Sylvie Tremblay, Executive Superintendent of Education of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. “He also stands out for his courage in management, his determination to change the perception of his school in a disadvantaged environment, and, finally, his insistence on quality in education.”

“Since Jean-François Boulanger took the helm of École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne in 2009, his vision for the future and his leadership have translated into a significant increase in enrolments, which rose from 95 to 195 students; the establishment of a school council where there had not previously been one; and the designation of his school as a school for the 21st century,” said Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE. “Jean-François is not only a veteran educator without equal, but also a leader who has successfully implemented quality services for parents and students while building close ties with the community in Lowertown.”

Principals selected for the award will participate in an exclusive Executive Leadership Training program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, the most renowned business school in the country. They will also be inducted into The Learning Partnership’s National Academy of Principals, which currently has 311 members, who are all Canada’s Outstanding Principals alumni.

The principals will be honoured by the organization at its 10th annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award Gala, which will take place on February 25 in Toronto.

 

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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For further information:
Lana Martineau-Pacheco, Communications officer, CECCE
Media phone line: 613-746-3525 martil@ecolecatholique.ca


 
 

A new school board trustee at the CECCE

                                                                                                                                  

January 29, 2014

OTTAWA – At its last regular meeting, the elected members of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) welcomed a new school board trustee for the Hastings, Prince Edward, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington ward. Diane Burns is replacing former school board trustee and chair André Ouellette, who tendered his resignation in fall 2013 for professional reasons.

Ms. Burns brings her experience as former school trustee at the Renfrew County Roman Catholic Separate School Board, where she also held the position of chair of the French-language section for two years.

“With her experience in the world of education, Diane Burns has a very solid grasp of the challenges facing the French-language Catholic education system in Ontario,” said Bernard Roy, Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). “She is committed to French-language Catholic schools, the quality of instruction they provide, and the Christian values they convey.”

“Ms. Burns is focused on the importance of francophone Catholics having a right to a French-language, Catholic education. She is sensitive to the reality of bilingual couples in our school board – that is, couples where only one of the two spouses speaks French,” said Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE.

Ms. Burns will hold the position of school trustee until the school board elections, taking place in fall 2014.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

 

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For further information:
Roxanne Deevey, Director of Communications and Community Relations, CECCE
Media phone line: 613-746-3525
deever@ecolecatholique.ca


 
 
Solar panel project launched at Collège catholique Samuel-Genest
 
                                             

January 16, 2014

OTTAWA — The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to join forces with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC) on a solar power project under construction at Collège catholique Samuel-Genest. The 75 kW solar energy project was announced at an evening information session at the school, underscored by the presence of the Honourable Mauril Bélanger, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier.

This is the first time the CECCE has had the opportunity to partner with a community organization on a solar project.

“The revenues generated by the solar panels, estimated at approximately $7,000 a year over 20 years, will allow us to invest in other sustainable development projects,” said Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE. “Projects like these are part of our school board’s commitment to educating environmentally responsible citizens and being an environmentally responsible citizen.”

The panels are scheduled to be installed on the roof of Collège catholique Samuel-Genest by March. Students and staff will be able to view energy production data on a screen installed in the school’s main hall. Teaching staff in the sciences can use this information as a concrete tool for teaching physics, for example.

“The students of Collège catholique Samuel-Genest will benefit from pedagogical added value in learning about renewable energy. The panels will be a topic of analysis and discussion,” said Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE. “We are raising a generation of environmental citizens who will be able to contribute actively to building a fairer, greener, more united world.”

Currently, eight of the CECCE’s schools already have solar panels, and two other projects in the same vein are planned for the coming year. However, this is the first time the school board will be installing solar panels on the roof of one of its secondary schools.

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est established its sustainable development plan in 2009. In addition to its many initiatives to reduce paper consumption, save energy, collect water and cut waste, the CECCE has integrated sustainable development concepts into teaching of both elementary and secondary students.

Since this project is cooperative, Ottawa residents can all participate. Moreover, thanks to the cooperation of SolPowered, the company in charge of installing the solar panels, the public will be able to consult data on the power generated by the panels at www.solarvu.net.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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For more information
Roxanne Deevey, Direcor of Communications and Community Relations, CECCE
Media phone line: (613) 746-3525 deever@ecolecatholique.ca


Comprehensive child care services to open at École élémentaire catholique l'Envol in Trenton
 
                                                

January 13, 2014

OTTAWA — The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to announce the opening of a new preschool child care and before- and after-school program at École élémentaire catholique l’Envol in Trenton.

“It’s very important for the CECCE to offer a range of services that support families,” said Denis Poirier, Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. “Parents who want their children to learn French and become bilingual understand the importance of being in a francophone environment. These services fully meet the needs of these families.”

Child care for children from 18 months to 4 years

The child care service, which is managed completely by the school, will allow families with children from 18 months to 4 years to receive French-language services in a fully francophone environment right in the heart of their community.

The program will be open to all preschool-age children in the communities of Trenton and Belleville as of the start of the next school year.  The service will be available from 6:45 a.m. through 5:45 p.m., 12 months of the year. The fee for full-time enrolment, 5 days a week, is $35 a day. Full-time enrolment takes precedence; however, if space is available, part-time or occasional enrolments will be accepted.

The program can accommodate up to 16 children at a time. Of these, 3 can be in the 18- to 30-month range.

In accordance with best practices in early childhood education, the qualified early childhood educators will be preparing daily programming that reflects the tastes and interests of the children, as well as their individual needs. Each day will involve a variety of activities, quiet time, and outdoor games. Activities will take place at École élémentaire catholique L’Envol in facilities designed for and dedicated to preschool children.

Before- and after-school program

In addition to the preschool child care services, École élémentaire catholique L’Envol will also offer an extended day program, starting next school year. This program, available to school-age children only, offers three options to interested parents: a child care service before school ($5 a day), after school ($10 a day) or both ($15 a day).  Part-time or occasional enrolments will be possible when space is available. The extended day program offers a variety of activities in a fully francophone environment.

“École élémentaire catholique L’Envol is becoming the nucleus of a community where francophones and bilingual families can find the services they need to provide the necessary encouragement and support for their children to succeed,” said Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est.

Parents interested in the school’s preschool child care service or before- and after-school program can contact Nathalie Dion by e-mail at jourprolonge@ecolecatholique.ca or by phone at 613 744-2555, ext. 3253 (or toll-free at 1 888 230-5131, ext. 3253). For more information on preschool child care or the before- and after-school program, visit lenvol.ecolecatholique.ca/garderie.

 

With the new child care and before- and after-school programs, along with Petits pas à trois, a part-time program for three-year-olds, and of course the regular school program from JK to Grade 8, École élémentaire catholique L’Envol accommodates more than 150 students at its school in Trenton, as well as serving Quinte West and Belleville.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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For more information
Lana Martineau-Pacheco, Communications officer, CECCE
Media phone line: (613) 746-3525 martil@ecolecatholique.ca


 

New teaching agreement between Hôpital Montfort and the CECCE
                                                 

January 8, 2014

OTTAWA — Hôpital Montfort and the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) have joined forces to offer a unique learning environment and training experience to high school students registered in the CECCE’s FOCUS — Health Care and Medical Technologies program.

The FOCUS program provides students an opportunity to explore a field of study of interest to them and to prepare for actual work life challenges in an authentic setting that enriches the classroom learning experience. The agreement reached between Hôpital Montfort and the CECCE will allow ten or so students to complete their program of study at Hôpital Montfort in a Francophone, acute care setting.

“This agreement establishes a continuum of French-language education in Ontario. As a university teaching hospital, Montfort must encourage the training of future health care professionals and support education. Our partnership with the CECCE meshes perfectly with our mission," explained Dr. Bernard Leduc, President and CEO of Hôpital Montfort.

Bernard Roy, CECCE Director of Education, is enthusiastic about the new partnership: "Our students want to learn in different ways and are asking for authentic learning experiences," he said. “This program not only meets this need but also allows students to gain skills. I believe they will then try to ensure a future Francophone and bilingual workforce in the health professions”. 

Implementation of this agreement would not have been possible without the invaluable assistance of Hôpital Montfort and CECCE supporters, namely, the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS), University of Ottawa and La Cité collégiale components, and the University of Ottawa. From time to time, these collaborators will also host CECCE students, although Hôpital Montfort will serve as the main site of the FOCUS program.

Hôpital Montfort and its associates will host CECCE students beginning January 27 and up to June 20, 2014.

 

Hôpital Montfort is a Francophone academic healthcare institution that provides quality care in both official languages and works with its partners to improve the health of communities.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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Information :
Communications Department                            Communications Department
Hôpital Montfort                                              CECCE
613-746-4621, ext. 2010                                613-746-3525 and 613-298-4221
communications@montfort.on.ca                     deever@ecolecatholique.ca


New Principals at Terre-des-Jeunes and L’Étoile-de-l’Est  
                                          

September 26, 2013

OTTAWA — The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is pleased to announce that Lyne Caza will be the new Principal at École élémentaire catholique Terre-des-Jeunes for 2013-14. The school is located on Fellows Road in Nepean. Ms. Caza was previously the principal at École élémentaire catholique L’Étoile-de-l’Est in Orléans.

Sylvie Tessier-Lacroix, who has been the vice-Principal at Étoile-de-l’Est for three years, will take over as acting principal there. Rémy Nougaret, a teacher at École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau, will step in as acting vice-Principal.

"Ms. Caza has over 10 years of experience as a principal within our school district. Her experience and dedication to the success of every student will ensure a smooth transition for both students and staff," said Bernard Roy, Director of Education at the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. "Ms. Tessier-Lacroix is an experienced educator, and I believe she will meet her new challenges brilliantly because she already knows the Étoile-de-l’Est community very well."

Ms. Caza, Ms. Tessier-Lacroix and Mr. Nougaret will take up their new duties on February 3, 2014.

 

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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For more information
Roxanne Deevey, Director of Communications and Community Relations, CECCE
Media phone line: (613) 746-3066 Cell: (613) 298-4221 deever@ecolecatholique.ca


The CECCE’s students achieve the best results in the province  

                                          

September 26, 2013

OTTAWA — Following last week’s publication of the Grade 3 and 6 students’ results on the provincial tests administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), now it’s the secondary school students’ turn to be the pride of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE).

Once again, the CECCE’s students ranked first in the province on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), with a success rate of 92%. This represents a significant increase of 6 percentage points over last year.

On the Grade 9 mathematics test, results in the academic course rose by 6 percentage points this year, placing them among the best in the province. Student results in the applied mathematics course increased by 15 points, an impressive leap.

“We’re proud to see that the teaching strategies we’ve been focusing on are yielding results in mathematics. These outcomes confirm that we’re on the right track,” said Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE.

“Our staff is always on the lookout for new practices to meet the varied needs of our students. These results show that, from junior kindergarten to Grade 12, every education stakeholder at the CECCE provides the encouragement and support needed to ensure the success of each and every student,” said Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE. “This is why the CECCE stands out by achieving the best results in the province.”

The CECCE’s Grade 3 and 6 students also showed further improvement, and ranked first in Ontario, with their results on last spring’s province-wide tests.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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For further information:
Valérie Bourdages, Communication Officer, CECCE
Media phone line: 613-746-3525  bourdv@ecolecatholique.ca


Changes in the administration teams at Saint-Rémi and Franco-Ouest

September 25, 2013

OTTAWA — Following the appointment of Eugénie Congi as Superintendent of Education last week, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is pleased to announce that Marc Lecompte will be stepping in as interim Principal at École élémentaire catholique Saint-Rémi for the 2013-2014 school year.

Mr. Lecompte, who had been working in the Nepean/Kanata community for a few years, will remain, and will continue to work with the entire school community to ensure the success and well-being of every student.

As a result, Collège catholique Franco-Ouest will welcome Mathieu Gagné, a teacher at that secondary school, as the new Vice-Principal on an interim basis for 2013-2014.

“The enthusiasm of the staff and the constructive partnerships that already exist between the staff and parents of École élémentaire catholique Saint-Rémi will help make this transition a smooth one, while for Mathieu Gagné, this will be an opportunity to explore new challenges on familiar terrain,” said Bernard Roy, Director of Education at the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est.

Mr. Lecompte and Mr. Gagné will take up their new positions effective September 30.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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For further information:

Valérie Bourdages, Communication Officer, CECCE

Media phone line: 613-746-3525

bourdv@ecolecatholique.ca


CECCE’s students once again exceed provincial standards

September 18, 2013, OTTAWA — The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is very proud of its students’ results on the provincial tests administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) last spring. Once again our students’ results are the best in the province in five of the six categories released today.

In grade 3, compared to the previous year, our students’ results increased 3 percentage points in reading, one point in writing, and 2 points in mathematics and achieved all the CECCE’s targets.

In grade 6, compared to the previous year, our students’ results increased 3 percentage points in reading and writing and remained stable in mathematics. Note that their mathematics result was 7 percentage points above the provincial result.

“Collaboration, not only among the school staff but among all the staff of the CECCE, our students, and our parents is bearing fruit, and these results are concrete evidence of that. We could not succeed in equipping our students for their academic success, personal development, citizenship, and engagement in their Catholic faith and the Francophonie without the active participation of all education stakeholders. We are once again proving that, together, everything is possible,” explained Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE.

In addition, the school team at the École élémentaire catholique George-Étienne-Cartier has been chosen as one of 14 schools in the province whose staff are making optimum use of EQAO data in improving their pedagogical approaches. The case study in question is posted on the EQAO’s website.

“The CECCE is continuing to stand out through its exemplary pedagogical practices that are allowing each student to succeed,” stated Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE. “Although the bar is already high, our schools are continuing to improve their approaches and to excel on the province’s standardized testing.”

With over 21,000 students attending 41 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools and its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.


Changes among the trustees of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

                                                                                           September 11, 2013

OTTAWA – Last night, at the CECCE’s first regular meeting for the 2013-2014 school year, the trustees accepted André Ouellette’s resignation as Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est.

Appointed Chair in December 2011, André Ouellette has sat on the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est since 2004, representing the Hastings, Prince Edward, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington ward. He also served as Vice-Chair from 2007 to 2009.

Mr. Ouellette will continue to sit on the school board as a trustee representing the Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington ward until November 30.

Denis Poirier, Vice-Chair of the school board and trustee for the Beacon Hill-Cyrville and Rideau-Rockcliffe ward, was appointed as acting Chair until the school board’s next annual meeting on December 3. As a successor to Mr. Poirier, the trustees named Johanne Lacombe as Vice-Chair. Ms. Lacombe represents the residents of Orleans.

A process will be initiated to replace Mr. Ouellette as trustee in the coming weeks. Parents or taxpayers who would like to represent the Hastings, Prince Edward, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington ward can obtain more information from Hélène Bolduc, Coordinator of Services at the CECCE, at 613 746-3053.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.


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For further information:

Céline Bourbonnais, Interim Director of Communications of the CECCE

Media phone line: 613-746-3525 quesnc@ecolecatholique.ca

 

 



Official opening held for the École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Kateri

OTTAWA – Over 350 people attended the official opening of the École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Kateri this Thursday, August 29, 2013 at a festive reception melding Aboriginal, French, and Catholic traditions.

As of August 27, 294 students from junior kindergarten to grade 6 began attending the École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Kateri. It is the third French-language Catholic elementary school in the Barrhaven area as well as the 40th elementary school of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE).

“The official opening of this school represents only one step toward the completion of an important project, which is establishing the optimal conditions for success and well-being of each student. This project will come to fruition through genuine teamwork, with staff working closely with the parents and members of the Sainte-Kateri community,” stated Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE.

The school, named in honour of Kateri Tekakwitha, sought to integrate her culture by conducting an Aboriginal purification ceremony and offering Aboriginal activities and dance during the corn roast that followed the official opening. All classes helped complete the school’s emblem – a large dream catcher to be displayed at the school’s entrance.

Each class will have a smaller dream catcher to “highlight the importance that the school places on achieving the students’ dreams, not to mention the efforts that staff will make to ensure that students leave Sainte-Kateri with memories of positive experiences,” explained Carole Gauthier, the school’s principal.

André Ouellette, Chair of the CECCE, pointed out that the convergence of Aboriginal, French, and Catholic traditions had helped build our community and had endowed it with great assets. “By adding to these three traditions the asset of education, we are creating an exceptional place deeply rooted in history, culture, and values,” he explained.

This new school has a capacity of 389 students and also features a 26-space daycare for the infants in this sector. 


Students return to school in CECCE’s French‐language Catholic schools
 
For immediate release
 
Monday, August 26, 2013 OTTAWA – Tomorrow, over 21,400 students from junior kindergarten to grade 12 will enter the doors of one of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre‐Est’s 51 French‐language Catholic schools, with this enrolment level being nearly 500 students higher than at the same time last year. All these students will be welcomed by staff who are at school today preparing for the new school year.
 
Activities have been under way in the CECCE’s schools since mid‐August. This is particularly true for students of École élémentaire catholique Bernard‐Grandmaître, who had their first day of classes on August 15, and for students of Centre professionnel et technique Minto, who had their first day on August 20.
 
Two new elementary schools set to open
 
With the start of the 2013‐2014 school year comes the opening of two new schools, namely École élémentaire catholique Sainte‐Kateri located in Barrhaven, which will, starting tomorrow, welcome 294 students from junior kindergarten to grade 6, and École élémentaire catholique Notre‐Dame‐des‐Champs, located in Orléans South, which will welcome 195 students.
 
The CECCE experiencing sustained growth
 
Hand in hand with its continuing enrollment growth, the CECCE is continuing to enhance its school facilities to ensure they can accommodate all students who are entitled to French‐language Catholic education. Over the summer, a number of CECCE’s schools have undergone major and ambitious renovation work. In fact, over the past few months, over $20 million has been invested to improve the CECCE’s school facilities.
 
“When parents enroll their children in CECCE’s French‐language Catholic schools, this speaks volumes about their level of confidence in us,” stated André Ouellette, Chair of the CECCE. “It is important for us not only to build new schools that are able to handle a growing number of students but also to ensure that our existing facilities remain places that foster students’ overall learning and development.”
 
Construction of two new Catholic secondary schools set to get underway
 
The construction of two new secondary schools, in Kanata and Orléans, should begin during the 2013‐2014 school year. The secondary school in Kanata is expected to welcome its first students for the start of the school year in August 2015, while the target date for the school in Orléans is August 2016.
 
Ongoing improvement and innovation the themes for the 2013‐2014 school year
 
Coming years will see CECCE’s French‐language Catholic schools focusing on digital citizenship to ensure that students are able to use technology at the right time and in the right way. For this to occur, the CECCE’s technology systems have been upgraded in recent months so that all our schools are able to provide wireless access. This access will enrich and strengthen students’ learning.
 
“We live in a world that requires us to adapt to meet our students’ new realities,” explained Bernard Roy, director of education of the CECCE. “We have, for several years, been looking at the strategies we need to adopt to give our students the competencies they will need in order to learn, live, and contribute to society. We are striving to develop their competencies in the areas of creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking, to name just a few,” he
explained. “These competencies will make our youth responsible digital citizens who are able to thrive in our constantly changing world.”
 
With over 21,000 students attending 41 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools and its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French‐language schools outside Quebec.
 
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Information:
Talia Falco
Seniors Communications Officer
CECCE
Media line: 613‐746‐3525
falcot@ecolecatholique.ca
Together for
success and well-being of each student
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Bien que le site web de l'école n'est pas traduit, il est possible de faire traduire ce site par Google en choisissant la langue que vous désirez dans le menu déroulant.

Although this website is in French only, it is possible to use this drop down menu to choose a language and have it automatically translated by Google.

While our Board and our schools offer services in French, we try our best to accommodate English-speaking parents and members of the school community.

For registration information, please contact the school board's Family Welcome Office at 613 746-3837 or toll free at 1 888 230-5131 extension 3837.