Students in Kingston who attend École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier and École élémentaire catholique Mgr-Rémi-Gaulin will be starting this school year earlier than most as they head to class tomorrow, joining over 25,500 students – from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 – at 55 of the 57 schools in the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE).
“Now that we have reached an enrolment of 25,500 students, the CECCE can congratulate itself on being the largest Francophone school board outside Quebec to take on a true educational leadership role with Ontario’s French-speaking communities,” said Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. “I would also like to thank the parents for the confidence they have shown in us by entrusting the education of their children to the CECCE’s highly qualified staff. This is a responsibility that all members of the Board are proud to assume.”
Students at Kingston’s École Marie-Rivier will be the first to benefit from its new and innovative Ontario Center of Excellence UniverSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) educational project announced in January. The program enables the students to have an experiential learning experience by applying STEM disciplines to other subjects taught.
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The board says that its main back-to-school theme for the 2019-2020 school year is eco-responsibility with staff and students invited to show their commitment and creativity by supporting this theme of sustainable development and eco-citizenship in their classrooms, schools and communities throughout the school year.
“I can’t say how proud it makes me to see our CECCE staff surpass themselves, year after year, in implementing programs that are in line with our students’ passions and that allow them to develop their full potential. Moreover, our 2,960-strong staff are responsible for the fact that students’ performance, graduation rates and learning experiences stand at such high levels,” added Education Director Réjean Sirois.
It was announced last year that CECCE students had achieved the best results in the province on tests administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)
A leader recognized for transforming the learning experience, for the excellence and caring of its Catholic schools and for its synergy with the community, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec, with more than 25,500 students in 44 elementary and 13 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults.
Photo (École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier): Google