Five schools forge alliance with communities (francophone sector) (08/10/08)

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Oct. 8, 2008

CAMPBELLTON (CNB) - Five more francophone schools and their communities have made a commitment to work together to enable every child to succeed in school. Education Minister Kelly Lamrock made the announcement today at Polyvalent Roland-Pépin in Campbellton.


"Community schools give parents and the entire community a more active role in our children's education with the aim of helping them succeed in school - be it in literacy, numeracy, or science - and in life as well," said Lamrock. "This alliance revitalizes the whole environment in which students live."

Four elementary schools and one high school are joining the 11 existing community schools:

The community schools program encourages communities, municipalities, businesspeople, non-government agencies, partners, and parents to help schools carry out their educational and cultural mission by forming different kinds of educational partnerships.

"The Polyvalente Roland-Pépin community school is cultivating this entrepreneurial spirit, which benefits the students and their community," said the high school's principal, Gilles Lurette. "We are proud to be part of this big family of community schools, and we invite all those in our community who are links in the chain to join with us to promote the success of all the students."

To date, this program has been set up in 16 community schools, with more than 5,000 students and 355 teachers.

"If we want to build a self-sufficient province, every school must reflect its community's priorities and give all students the opportunity to discover gradually their strengths and talents and acquire the skills they will need in the future, through a variety of hands-on educational experiences," Lamrock added.

This year, the Department of Education will invest $3.3 million in the L'école au cur de sa communauté program. This program is central to the implementation of the provincial education plan, When Kids Come First, the aim of which is to make New Brunswick's school system the best in the country.

Vision: Every child should be happy to come to school to learn.

Mission: Develop a culture of independent learning and aware entrepreneurship from an early age to benefit the overall health of children, families, partners, and the entire community.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a complete list of all community schools in New Brunswick. For more information, visit the website. MEDIA CONTACT: Angélique Binet, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4714.

Designated community schools

District 1
École Champlain, Moncton
École Abbey-Landry, Memramcook
École Arc-en-ciel, in Oromocto
District 2
Forest Glen School, Moncton
Beaverbrook School, Moncton
District 3
École Régionale-de-Saint-André, Saint-André
École Ernest-Lang, Saint-François
École Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska
District 5
École La Croisée de Robertville, Robertville
École Carrefour-Étudiant, Beresford
Polyvalente Roland-Pépin, Campbellton
District 6
Sussex Middle School, Sussex
Quispamsis Elementary School, Quispamsis
District 8
Hazen White/St. Francis School, Saint John
Centennial School, Saint John
St. Patrick's School, Saint John
Lorne Middle School, Saint John
Glen Falls School, Saint John
St. John the Baptist/King Edward School, Saint John
District 9
Centre scolaire communautaire La Fontaine, Neguac
École l'Éscale-des-Jeunes, Bas-Caraquet
Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux, Caraquet
École Terre-des-Jeunes, Paquetville
District 10
Fundy High School, St. George
St. Stephen Elementary School, St. Stephen
District 11
École Régionale de Baie-Sainte-Anne, Baie-Sainte-Anne
École Blanche-Bourgeois, Cocagne
École Soleil Levant, Richibucto
District 14
Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover
District 15
Bathurst High School, Bathurst
Dalhousie Regional High School, Dalhousie
District 16
Bonar Law Memorial School, Rexton
Eleanor W. Graham Middle School, Richibucto
District 17
Cambridge-Narrows School, Cambridge-Narrows
Geary Elementary School, Geary
District 18
Devon Middle School, Fredericton
Keswick Ridge School, Keswick Ridge