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Back-to-school starts early for two CECCE schools

August 22, 2016, OTTAWA - The CECCE has been working hard since mid-August to prepare for the first day of school on August 30, but students at one of the board's schools are already back in class, and another will open its doors for the new school year tomorrow.


École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître follows a balanced calendar, so the 600 students there began their school year on Wednesday, two weeks before most other schools.

The school community at École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître has been operating with a balanced calendar for the past 10 years. Students get six weeks of summer vacation instead of the usual nine, plus a week of vacation in October, March and May.


"Those who have tried the balanced calendar really like it, but it is not imposed on families. Parents in the catchment area can choose to send their children to either of two CECCE elementary schools: Bernard-Grandmaître, which has a balanced calendar, or Sainte-Bernadette, which has a regular school year,"  explained Johanne Lacombe, CECCE Chair. "Every year, more and more students register at École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître, which is an indication of how much people like this model."


Grade 9 to 12 students at the  Centre professionnel et technique Minto will begin their school year tomorrow. Because they are starting a week before other students, they will get a week off in May.

The Centre professionnel et technique Minto is a high school that offers a trades concentration exclusively.


"The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is proud to offer alternatives and specialized programs that meet the needs of families and students," said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education. "We are well-equipped to foster every student's success and well-being."

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