Friday, September 24, was a special day for students and staff at École catholique La Renaissance in Espanola. Having moved recently to their new school, students celebrated Franco-Ontarian Day by taking part in a march to the former École Saint-Joseph and École secondaire catholique Franco-Ouest sites to recuperate the Franco-Ontarian flags that were still flying in front of their former schools. Afterwards, students proudly marched in the streets towards École catholique La Renaissance so that the flag could be raised for the very first time in front of their new school. The flag-raising ceremony was a very emotional activity and the perfect way to celebrate their new school. Also as part of Franco-Ontarian Day, Kindergarten to grade 12 students took part in a series of fun-filled activities. Students had the chance to display with pride green and white clothing in their classroom while taking part in stimulating activities highlighting Franco-Ontarian culture. The COVID-19 pandemic will not prevent students and staff from proudly celebrating their identity and their belonging to the Francophonie in Ontario.
The provincial Franco-Ontarian day, celebrated officially since 2010, will take place on September 25. The date marks the anniversary of the Franco-Ontarian flag, which was flown for the first time in Sudbury in 1975. CSC Nouvelon school students and staff take great pride in celebrating the flag’s 46th anniversary. The day of activities, while recognizing our Francophone and Catholic heritage, also promotes the excellence and dedication of our students and staff as they seek to widen their Francophone space and live their own culture to the full in the province of Ontario.