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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.

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