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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.


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