Sut­ton School, with its Unique Model, Cel­e­brate 25 Years

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sut­ton

Forthe past 25 years, two school boards have been shar­ing a build­ing, a school prin­ci­pal and work­ing to­gether ev­ery day to en­sure the suc­cess of the stu­dents of Sut­ton School from both the Val-des-cerfs and the East­ern Town­ships School Boards. The mas­ter­minds of this unique part­ner­ship, which was of­fi­cialised on April 14th 1987, and those that con­tinue to en­sure its suc­cess, were gath­ered this morn­ing to cel­e­brate the 25th an­niver­sary of the co­ex­is­tence of an An­glo­phone and Fran­co­phone school un­der one roof.

On this oc­ca­sion, Ms. Manon Le­maire, the cur­rent prin­ci­pal of the Sut­ton School, was ea­ger to em­pha­size how the col­lab­o­ra­tion of stu­dents, par­ents, staff and the com­mu­nity makes the model of this school func­tion to this day, in the com­mu­nity of Sut­ton, in ad­di­tion to high­light­ing the in­no­va­tive and vi­sion­ary as­pect of the project. “It takes a lot of co­op­er­a­tion to re­al­ize a project of this kind. Since the be­gin­ning of the ad­ven­ture, the staff has formed a co­he­sive team which en­sures that the wel­fare of the chil­dren is at the heart of all their de­ci­sions. We also know that we can count on the com­plete co­op­er­a­tion from stu­dents, par­ents and the com­mu­nity, and this is what guar­an­tees the suc­cess of our bilin­gual school and con­veys an in­cred­i­ble rich­ness for to­mor­row’s adults,” says Ms. Le­maire.

Dur­ing his speech at the of­fi­cial open­ing 25 years ago, the Chair of the French School Board, Mr. Robert Boulanger, asked him­self the ques­tion, “what will the fu­ture of this school be?” Just as Mr. Boulanger had hoped and pre­dicted, “we can­not go wrong when ded­i­cated peo­ple are in­volved in de­vel­op­ing a school con­cept that aims to cre­ate the type of ed­u­ca­tion geared to their own com­mu­nity, all the while be­ing re­spect­ful of the rules of the prov­ince’s ed­u­ca­tion guide­lines and be­ing ded­i­cated to the chil­dren.” “To­day’s cel­e­bra­tions are proof of this” un­der­line the Chair­man of the East­ern Town­ships School Board and the Com­mis­sioner of the Valdes-cerfs School Board, Messrs. Michael Mur­ray and Serge Poirier.

Since the 1986-1987 school year, with Pauline Quin­lan as the first prin­ci­pal of the school, the chil­dren of the French and English School Boards share the same school, while both re­ceiv­ing their aca­demic cur­ricu­lum in their mother tongue. The stu­dents are be­ing bussed on the same school buses, share the same sports fa­cil­i­ties, eat in the same cafe­te­ria and play to­gether in the same school­yard at lunchtime and dur­ing breaks. They par­tic­i­pate in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties to­gether, es­pe­cially to rep­re­sent the school in var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions.

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