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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
 
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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
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