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Unique opportunity to go to camp in China

May 10, 2018 - The CECCE is giving five of its students between the ages of 15 and 18 and one teacher an incredible opportunity to go to Asia. Students were invited to apply for a spot at the Beijing international summer camp in China organized by the Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE). The Beijing Municipal Education Commission has been running successful international summer camps since 2011. To date, the camps have attracted nearly 6,300 students from 49 countries. This year, the camp will host 800 campers from 30 countries.  

During the summer camp, CECCE students will take part in a variety of activities and enjoy memorable experiences with students from around the world. Participants will have a unique opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and the cultures of students from other countries.


Win a spot on an Arctic expedition

May 10, 2018 - The CECCE organized the first-ever UNI-VERT Student Earth Summit to develop students’ sense of environmental leadership. During the summit, the board announced that it will select two high school students to fly to the Far North to take part in an extraordinary educational experience this summer from July 23 to August 7. This once-in-a-lifetime trip is worth almost $13,000. The ship-based expedition is designed to provide participants with in-depth practical experience that will foster their environmental leadership skills.

The winners will embark on the expedition with 100 other young people from around the world. They will be accompanied by internationally renowned scientists, educators, elders, artists, musicians, historians, and business leaders.


French climate change researcher visits students

May 10, 2018 - During Earth Day week, the Kemptville Pavilion of École Sainte-Marguerite Bourgeoys organized a number of activities to give students opportunities to be engaged and environmentally responsible citizens. Activities included a visit from Floriane Flacher, a scientist from Marseille, France, who met with Grade 6, 7 and 8 students on April 23. Ms. Flacher taught them how to collect data about plants and animals so they can contribute to research on the impact of climate change.

The French scientist’s visit was made possible thanks to a collaboration with the French Embassy and the Observatoire des saisons in Provence.


CECCE dropout prevention strategies inspire Belgian educators

May 10, 2018 - A delegation from Belgium recently visited the CECCE to discover and discuss the board’s teaching and learning strategies and its new emerging pedagogies.

The delegation visited a number of schools, including Collège catholique Mer Bleue, where they talked about the school’s culture of caring. The CECCE has a collaboration agreement with Belgian diocesan education centres, which are in the process of reforming their education system and are grappling with high dropout rates. The delegation’s goal was to observe CECCE practices that promote student retention, a culture of caring, and academic success, and then implement similar practices in their own boards. Mer Bleue won the Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools in June 2017.

Belgian educators are not the only ones drawing on the CECCE’s practices. The board has other collaboration agreements with the Direction diocésaine de l’Enseignement catholique du Morbihan in Brittany and the Académie de Lyon in France.

Fraser Institute Report Card

Every year, the Fraser Institute releases its elementary school report cards in December and its secondary school report cards in February.          

The Fraser Institute assigns each school a rating out of 10 and ranks them against other schools in the province.

The data in the Fraser report cards are derived from students’ results in province-wide testing administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).

The school report card is an indicator based on provincial tests, not a comprehensive assessment of school excellence.


CECCE schools performed very well in the 2017 elementary school report cards.

In Ottawa, the two highest-rated French schools are École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Kateri and École élémentaire catholique George-Étienne-Cartier.

In Orléans, three Catholic elementary schools—La Source - enseignement personnalisé, Arc-en-Ciel and L’Étoile de l’Est—are among the top five schools.

In Brockville, Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel is the second-highest-rated of all English and French schools.

In Vanier, École élémentaire catholique Horizon-Jeunesse is the top-rated school.

In Gloucester, École élémentaire catholique La Vérendrye is the top-rated of all English and French schools.

In Trenton, École élémentaire catholique L’Envol is also the top-rated of all English and French schools.

Results for all Ontario schools are available at:

CECCE Student Summit: Over 200 students gather to make their voices heard

Thursday, April 4, 2019, OTTAWA – Following the resounding success of last year’s first-ever Student Summit, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is back with its second iteration of this event. Over 200 students from the Board’s secondary schools came together at Collège La Cité today to attend the Summit. Organized around the theme Your Vision, Your Voice, Your Impact, the day provided a unique opportunity for students to dialogue and exchange ideas on various societal issues and to articulate their recommendations.

This large-scale event launched with a talk by Luca “LazyLegz” Patuelli, recognized for his inspiring performances and modern dance skills. Following Patuelli’s presentation, students took part in in-depth conversations and will develop recommendations to continue transforming the learning experience in all CECCE secondary schools.

“The aim of the Summit is perfectly aligned with the vision of the CECCE, which is to engage all students in learning, in pursuing their dreams and in building a better world. For this reason, and thanks to the huge success of last year’s initial Summit, the CECCE had no hesitation in repeating the experience and even establishing it as a tradition,” stated CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe.

“The CECCE firmly believes that students must be at the heart of decisions that affect their educational experience. It is therefore important to provide school communities with opportunities like the Student Summit to help them develop their sense of leadership and discover other ways of learning. Indeed, based on the findings that emerge from this special day, the CECCE will be able to direct its focus towards integrating some of the Summit’s ideas into the classroom as a way of further transforming the learning experience,” said Director of Education Réjean Sirois. “Finally, I would like to thank the teachers and principals for their commitment to offering an environment that reflects the students’ values because, out of the 65 recommendations developed at last year’s first Summit, 54 have either been implemented or soon will be.”

Emeric Lalande, Grade 7 student at École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges, gave the welcome and closing remarks at the 2019 Student Summit.

This gathering was also a chance for participating students to elect their new student trustee. They chose to put their trust in Maridia Fillion Major, a student at École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges, to represent all CECCE students on the Board of Trustees. The administration is pleased to announce that Maridia Fillion Major will succeed Lindsey Alcy. The CECCE would like to welcome her and to express its sincere appreciation to Ms. Alcy for the commitment she has shown to her role as student trustee since 2017.

Maridia Fillion Major is located in the middle of the group

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