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Two New Orleans Catholic Schools Officially Named

June 22, 2016, OTTAWA - The two new Catholic schools in Orleans set to open their doors this fall now have official  names. In accordance with the community’s wishes, trustees named the two new schools École élémentaire catholique Notre-Place and Collège catholique Mer Bleue.

“I am very pleased that the community takes the names of these new schools so seriously. The school community played an active role in selecting names that embody the francophone and local character of the two schools. The names summon up lovely images that will foster a sense of belonging to the new schools,” explained Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE).

Pursuant to the process for naming new schools, members of the school naming task force for each new school consulted the list of new school names and selected five documented names that met the selection criteria. The board narrowed those five names down to three.

Next, the CECCE sought input from the communities associated with each school to find out which of the three names they preferred. The majority of parents, students and staff expressed a preference for Notre-Place and Mer Bleue. Acting in accordance with the community’s wishes, trustees made the two school names official at the latest board meeting on June 21, 2016.

“Schools can be a community hub, inspiring hope and offering promise for the future. Selecting a name for a school brings its character into sharper focus, and when it opens its doors at the beginning of the school year, the school community will take ownership of the institution, shaping it in its image and in accordance with the aspirations of its students,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.

The name of the new elementary school refers to the Franco-Ontarian theme song, “Notre Place”, written by singer-songwriter Paul Demers and composer François Dubé.

The name of the new high school refers to the conservation area located near the school. The first French Canadians named it after an ecological phenomenon unique to the region.

École élémentaire catholique Notre-Place is located in Orleans’ Avalon neighbourhood at 665 Aubépines Drive. The school can accommodate 412 students from junior kindergarten to grade 6.

Collège catholique Mer Bleue is a high school located at 6401 Renaud Road in the north Orleans neighbourhood of Notre-Dame-des-Champs It can accommodate 781 students from grade 7 to grade 12. When the school year begins on August 30, 2016, students in grades 7 to 10 can choose to follow the regular curriculum or enrol in International Baccalaureate or the Design concentration.

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