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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.

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