French im­mer­sion pro­gram ex­pand­ing in Petawawa

The Daily Observer - - NEWS - STEPHEN UHLER

The French im­mer­sion pro­gram is be­ing ex­panded in Petawawa.

In his re­port to the Oc­to­ber meet­ing of the Ren­frew County District School Board, Pino Buf­fone, ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor, said staff con­ducted a se­ries of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings on the evenings of Oct. 18 and 19 of this year at both Her­man Street Pub­lic School and Val­our JK-12 School, re­gard­ing the ex­pan­sion of French im­mer­sion at Her­man Street PS from JK to Grade 4 for the up­com­ing school year.

Cur­rently, Her­man Street of­fers French im­mer­sion for JK and SK, while Val­our has French im­mer­sion from JK to Grade 12.

“The ex­pan­sion of the French im­mer­sion pro­gram at Her­man Street Pub­lic School will as­sist in ad­dress­ing the space pres­sure is­sues at Val­our JK-12 School and will en­hance the vi­a­bil­ity of both pro­grams in the Petawawa area,” Buf­fone said.

Start­ing in the 2018-2019 school year, all JK reg­is­tra­tions for the stu­dents in the Her­man Street PS zone will be re­quired to at­tend their home school, he said. All stu­dents from the Her­man Street PS zone who are cur­rently signed up at Val­our in JK- Grade 8 may re­main at Val­our if they so wish.

“Cross bound­ary trans­fer re­quests for stu­dents out­side of the Val­our JK-12 School zone will not be granted for the French im­mer­sion pro­gram at Val­our JK-12 School for JK-Grade 4,” Buf­fone said. “All stu­dents in the French im­mer­sion pro­gram at Her­man Street PS will re­turn to Val­our JK-12 School in Grade 5 in or­der to con­tinue the French im­mer­sion pro­gram.”

In French im­mer­sion, stu­dents learn French as a sub­ject and French serves as the lan­guage of in­struc­tion in two or more other sub­jects. At the el­e­men­tary level, at least 50 per cent of all in­struc­tion is pro­vided in French. At the sec­ondary level, aca­demic and ap­plied cour­ses are of­fered for Grades 9 and 10; univer­sity prepa­ra­tion and open cour­ses are of­fered for Grades 11 and 12.

In the French im­mer­sion pro­gram, stu­dents ac­cu­mu­late ten cred­its in French: four are FSL (French as a Sec­ond Lan­guage) lan­guage cour­ses and six are other sub­jects in which French is the lan­guage of in­struc­tion. SUh­ler@post­media.com

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