March 19, 2010
DIEPPE (CNB) - The closing ceremony of the 21st Provincial French Pride Week took place today at École Mathieu-Martin in Dieppe, with an acknowledgment of the host school's artistic diversity.
"This school's cultural diversity achieves results," said Michael Power, school principal. "It is the engine that helps propel students and staff toward a common goal, and enables each person to develop to his or her full potential. If students are given the opportunity for magical cultural experiences, it will give them a better basis for building their own cultural identity."
The ceremony began with a rendition of Michel Rivard's Je voudrais voir la mer, by student Christine Bourque, who was accompanied by the school's harmony group, which had new instructional student charts for wind instruments that were recently distributed to the schools. Designed by Department of Education, the charts in French were developed to help schools set up school bands.
The presentation of prizes, musical and dance performances, and an excerpt from the play L'auberge des morts subites, presented by the Mathieu-Martin theatre troupe, followed.
Two Grade 12 students won the literary creation contest. Jessica Austin of Polyvalente W.-A.-Losier in Tracadie-Sheila, and Justin M. Robichaud of the Centre scolaire Samuel-de-Champlain in Saint John, each received a $1,000 scholarship to continue their education at a Université de Moncton campus.
Laminated posters were presented to: Carrefour étudiant of Beresford, for its slogan, Partons à l'aventure, fêtons notre culture!, which was chosen for this year's Provincial French Pride Week; Polyvalente A.-J.-Savoie in Saint-Quentin for the exemplary work of art teacher Sonia Caron and her nine students for creating the Provincial French Pride Week poster; and Linda Beaulieu of Saint-Quentin, the artist who collaborated with Caron's students.
Centre scolaire Samuel-de-Champlain and École Mathieu-Martin, the host schools of the opening and closing ceremonies, received a souvenir prize in recognition of their contributions to this annual celebration.
Eleven students won prizes in the art contest. Their art was used in producing the 2010 Provincial French Pride Week calendar. These awards were presented during the week by the District Education Councils and parent/school support committees during ceremonies at the students' respective schools.
The event ended with the announcement of a new partnership between Provincial French Pride Week and the Semaine nationale de la Francophonie in the national Actifs et fiers contest for 2010-11. The Department of Education, the Association des directions d'écoles francophones, and the Association canadienne d'éducation de langue française have teamed up to foster the development of feelings of belonging and identity-building among students. During the closing ceremony of the 2011 Provincial French Pride Week the Department of Education will present the Actifs et fiers/Nouveau-Brunswick awards to schools that have distinguished themselves for educational projects and activities.
For the 2011 Provincial French Pride Week, Carrefour de la Jeunesse and La Cité-des-Jeunes-A.-M.-Sormany, both in Edmundston, will host the opening and closing ceremonies, respectively.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of Provincial French Pride Week contest winners. MEDIA CONTACT: Geneviève Mallet-Chiasson, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.
Art contest for kindergarten-to-Grade 3 students
Art contest for grades 4-to-8 students
Art contest for grades 9-to-12 students