This year, students at École catholique La Renaissance and Sacred Heart School in Espanola will live their first-ever first-day of school in their new school as the construction and finishing of the building housing both schools was completed during the summer. The new building, which is located on Church Street on the former location of Sacred Heart School and St-Louis de France Catholic Church properties, will house a French-language school (kindergarten to grade 12) operated by the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvelon and an English-language school (kindergarten to grade 8) operated by the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board. The shared site, with its two distinct schools, also includes 50 daycare spaces in each school. This $25.2 million project, funded by the Ministry of Education, is the result of a request made by the Ministry of Education to the school boards in Espanola to work together in addressing student accommodation needs in the area. The goal here is to maximize the use of space while ensuring that all students continue to have access to the best programming possible in quality school facilities.
École catholique La Renaissance students were able to discover their new school on Tuesday, September 7, whereas Sacred Heart School students will begin school on Wednesday, September 8. They will be able to learn in a modern learning space, which includes welcoming classrooms, a new gymnasium, a chapel, learning technology such as smartboards, huge school yard and outstanding staff. Secondary school students at La Renaissance will benefit from modern science labs and other resources dedicated to grade 9 to 12 students.
Group shot outside are the principals and Vice-Principals of both schools. From left:
- Terri Godin-Sokoloski, Vice-Principal, Sacred Heart School
- Syndy Withers, Principal, Sacred Heart School
- Lynn MacLean, Principal, École catholique La Renaissance
- France Ducharme, Principal, École catholique La Renaissance
Other photos – different classrooms in École catholique La Renaissance.