Jan. 7, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The poster for the 21st Provincial French Pride Week was officially unveiled today at Polyvalente A.-J.-Savoie in Saint-Quentin.
In September 2009, the Department of Education and various organizations invited all francophone high-school art classes in New Brunswick to enter a contest to design a poster based on the theme, Partons à l'aventure, fêtons notre culture! (Let's discover; let's celebrate our culture!).
"This initiative enables students to actively celebrate their Acadian and francophone pride, which correspond to one of our commitments in education, namely to promote cultural identity and linguistic growth," said Education Minister Roland Haché.
The art class taught by Sonia Caron at Polyvalente A.-J.-Savoie was selected as the winner. The nine students had a budget of $2,000 and the opportunity to work with an artist, Linda Beaulieu of Saint-Quentin, on their project. She said she was delighted to help.
"Because of the values conveyed - such as perseverance, effort, quality work and the desire to excel - Sonia Caron and her students were awarded these honours at the provincial level," said Annie LeBel, principal of Polyvalente A.-J.-Savoie. "The finished work of art lets us see into the heart of our local artist, Linda Beaulieu, and she has passed on her cultural passion to the students with gusto."
Provincial French Pride Week 2010 will take place from March 15 to 19. The opening ceremony will be held at the Centre scolaire Samuel-de-Champlain in Saint John, and École Mathieu-Martin in Dieppe will host the closing ceremony.
The Association des enseignantes et enseignants francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick (AEFNB) and the Department of Education will present Tournoi de débats 2010, a provincial debating tournament. It will be organized by Branch 5 of the AEFNB and presented at Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux in Caraquet, on Saturday, March 20 - International Francophonie Day.
MEDIA CONTACT: Geneviève Mallet-Chiasson, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.