Early French Im­mer­sion to con­tinue

NLESD con­firms pro­gram to be of­fered in 2018-19 school year

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL Colin.far­[email protected]­erngazette.ca

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.”

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