Par­ents con­cerned about fu­ture of early French im­mer­sion

School not of­fer­ing pro­gram for Kin­der­start class

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

MARYS­TOWN, NL – A re­cent de­ci­sion by the New­found­land and Labrador English School District (NLESD) not to of­fer French im­mer­sion to stu­dents en­ter­ing Sa­cred Heart Academy’s Kin­der­start pro­gram next month has up­set many par­ents.

Par­ents were no­ti­fied of the de­ci­sion by tele­phone last week.

“I am dev­as­tated,” Jess Reid wrote in a mes­sage to the South­ern Gazette.

“I have one child in French (im­mer­sion) and to think that my younger child won’t be given the same op­por­tu­ni­ties is heart break­ing.”

Mar­tine Rus­sell, who also has chil­dren in the im­mer­sion pro­gram, said she was shocked when she got a call say­ing there would be no Early French Im­mer­sion (EFI) Kinder­garten class of­fered at Sa­cred Heart Academy next year.

“I have two older sons in Grades 5 and 3 French im­mer­sion and a 16-month-old son that I had fully in­tended to reg­is­ter for French as well.”

Rus­sell said it’s a frus­trat­ing sit­u­a­tion.

“I grad­u­ated in 2000 as part of the sec­ond class to com­plete the French im­mer­sion pro­gram in Marys­town,” she ex­plained. “I have never doubted our de­ci­sion to raise our fam­ily in ‘small-town’ New­found­land un­til now.

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