Early French Immersion to continue
NLESD confirms program to be offered in 2018-19 school year
It’s official — the Early French Immersion program at Sacred Heart Academy in Marystown will be offered for the 2018-19 school year.
Cheryl Gullage, manager of communications with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, confirmed to The Southern Gazette the board’s decision.
In an e-mail to The Gazette she stated, “The
Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has communicated to Sacred Heart Academy that the Early French Immersion Kinderstart program will continue for 20182019 school year.”
Information has been shared with teachers, school council members, and the region’s branch of the Canadian Parents for French and the school has also officially communicated to parents and guardians of students currently enrolled in EFI Kinderstart at Sacred Heart Academy.
Parents in the area with children enrolled in the program, as well as members of the local branch of The Canadian Parents for French, rallied together in previous months when it was first announced that the program was in danger of not being offered due to declining enrollment.
The local branch if the Canadian Parents for French are welcoming the decision by the NLESD.
“French Immersion for Sacred Heart Academy was officially allotted a teaching unit for the 2018-19 school year,” the group said in a post to their Facebook page on April 17.
Jess Reid, a local parent who was not shy on making her concerns about the potential loss of the program, also took to Facebook following the announcement to thanks both Charlene Rowe-Evans, president of the local branch Canadian Parents for French, as well as Corey Parsons, who serves as the representative for the Burin Peninsula on the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District’s board of trustees.
“Thank you, Charlene RoweEvans, and our Trustee Corey Parsons for all your dedication to making this happen for our kids.”