Parents concerned about future of early French immersion
School not offering program for Kinderstart class
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.