Ecole catholique La Renaissance holds open house

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On Thursday, May 5, the staff of Ecole catholique La Renaissance welcomed parents, students, neighbors and friends as well as the curious to discover the school. The open house event took place as part of Catholic Education Week activities. Visitors were invited to check out various learning areas for the elementary and secondary school students, meet school staff and take part in a variety of fun activities.

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The school, which held its grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, prides itself on offering, “full special needs programs, a quality English-language program starting in Grade 4 ensuring sustainable bilingualism, a curriculum instilled with Catholic values, access to state-of-the-art technology, and an environment that nurtures and promotes a sense of Francophone culture and identity.”

Lynn MacLean, La Renaissance principal, says the open house was well attended. She had printed 50 maps of the school to allow for that many families but ended up running out. She estimates at least 60 families turned out, with there being between 150 and 180 people on the tour.

Besides those individuals with direct ties to the school she says there were also people from the community. Some of those who came were there to check out the school and its curriculum.

MacLean says parents were trying to decide on which school in the area they should register their children to attend. Others were curious about the school itself as it is a new building and tours had not previously been allowed.

With it being education week, “There were activities in different rooms.”

Some included activities solving math problems. There was also a photo booth in the gym and snacks. MacLean said that the Grade 1 students had decorated the paper bags of popcorn for the visitors.

“It was sweet.”

Visitors were also treated to cookies as an alternate snack.

One of the big draws was the 3D printer, which the students are learning to code with as part of the new curriculum. She said the students had that going and, “people were amazed with it.”

MacLean was pleased with the open house turnout, which she says has been going up the last three to four years. She is also looking forward to a time when the pandemic is over. She anticipates that the school might start looking at letting other groups use the school at night, most likely for meetings.

“There could be different uses for the building.”

On May 5, the staff at La Renaissance was present to welcome visitors to the first open house at their new school.
On May 5, the staff at La Renaissance was present to welcome visitors to the first open house at their new school.

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