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Toronto, September 3, 2013 – Over 15,000 students will be attending the schools of the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud (CSDCCS) on this first day of school. From Port Colborne to Peterborough, from Toronto to Collingwood, the 54 CSDCCS schools are the backbone of Ontario’s growing French community.

 In September 2013, the CSDCCS will continue to grow with the opening of two new Catholic schools for eligible families who have long claimed their rights in this regard.

  • This morning, École élémentaire catholique Saint-Michel will be greeting its first students at 29 Meadowvale Road in Scarborough. Located in an enchanting environment, the school has a unique architecture with many energy efficient characteristics, such as two green roofs and many skylights.
  • In North Toronto, students and staff members from École élémentaire catholique Saint-Noël-Chabanel are getting ready to move into a brand new building located at 30 Thistle Down Blvd. This new school shares the same layout as the Saint-Michel school. The move will take place in the Fall;
  • École élémentaire catholique Etobicoke welcomes its first kindergarten students in the old Richview school, renovated for them, at 59 Clement Road,. A new school will be built on the same parcel of land to welcome up to 350 students from kindergarten to grade 6;
  • In Oakville, École secondaire catholique Sainte-Trinité will be receiving over 170 students from Grade 7 to Grade 9. The new school is located in the heart of Halton Region, a territory that has seen a great increase in the number of families wishing to take advantage of a Catholic education in French

By having a French catholic school close to their home, parents are not hesitant to send their children there, states Nathalie Dufour-Séguin, Chair of the CSDCCS. They know they will find a solid education based on the Christian values emphasized by the Catholic Church; values that drive us to surpass ourselves and to take up causes in the hearth of the modern world. By establishing schools in areas where families did not have access to French Catholic education, CSDCCS contributes to the development of the French community in southcentral Ontario.

Among the new families who registered their children in French language Catholic schools, the CSDCCS is welcoming many students from Egypt who arrived in Canada over the last few weeks. In solidarity with its Christian brothers and sisters, CSDCCS has set up a system in the schools involved in order to facilitate the integration of these new students and their families into the school system, as is already done for all new immigrants. Across the Greater Toronto Area, the whole CSDCCS team is supporting these new families by offering them guidance and practical support to ensure that their children might enter school harmoniously and feel at home. This is particularly important for some of the families who had to leave almost everything behind.

I am proud to work with a team of professionals who fully devote themselves to offer high quality education and school facilities designed with students and 21st century learning methods in mind, notes Réjean Sirois, Director of Education. By proclaiming first and foremost that « together we will reach new heights », the CSDCCS shows that every member of the school community is working to ensure that their Catholic school is a learning place focused on academic excellence and discipline on a human scale.

Today, the Director of Education completed a tour of many schools. He first visited École élémentaire catholique Saint-Michel on Meadowvale Road, where he greeted the very first group of students along with the school director, André Savard and CSDCCS Chair and Trustee for Toronto North, Nathalie Dufour-Séguin.

He then visited École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys in Brantford where major expansion work has just been completed. Students and staff took possession of 5 new classrooms besides a new literacy room and a new music class. The school will now be able to house close to 150 more students.

The day ended at École secondaire catholique Sainte-Trinité in Oakville with the completion of the ice-breaking activities and the students departure.

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The staff and the school trustees wish students and parents an excellent 2013-2014 school year.

Source:

Sébastien Lacroix
Conseiller aux communications
Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud
416.397.6564 poste 73120 / 1.800.274.3764 poste 73120
slacroix@csdccs.edu.on.ca
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