Wednesday, July 24, 2024

‘State-of-the-art and stimulating educational environment’: Académie catholique Notre-Dame to expand in Kemptville

Photo submitted by Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)

In parntership with the Municipality of North Grenville, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) has announced the selected site for the construction of the new Académie catholique Notre-Dame.

The land identified for the new school is on the Kemptville Campus, close to the school’s current location. This project aims to consolidate students currently housed in different buildings on the Kemptville Campus into a single, modern school facility.

At a press conference on the morning of Wednesday, June 19, the Honourable Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, announced that the provincial government will provide approximately $4 million in funding for the land purchase.

 “Our community is proud to serve a growing number of Francophone and Francophile families, many of whom will embrace the enhanced educational opportunities provided by CECCE on our beautiful Kemptville Campus,” stated North Grenville’s Mayor Nancy Peckford in a media release. 

Peckford noted that the campus is comprised of 626 acres which includes 18 buildings, an extensive network of trails, wetlands, croplands as well as an agro-forestry centre.

“There is no doubt that there is ample room for this brand new elementary and high school,” Peckford said.

The new school will accommodate 417 students and include a daycare centre. It will offer a stimulating and technologically advanced learning environment, benefiting the strong and vibrant Francophone community of Kemptville by consolidating its identity through this new facility. A gymnasium for the students will also be constructed on site.

“Identifying this parcel of land marks a significant advancement for our school board and the Francophone community of Kemptville,” said said Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the CECCE. “We are excited to offer our students a state-of-the-art and stimulating educational environment that will perfectly meet the needs of our community.

Lacombe thanked MPP Clark for his presence, as well as the Ontario government for providing approximately $4 million for the acquisition of the land, in addition to the funding already granted by the Ministry of Education for the construction of the new school.

The CECCE is also currently in discussions with the Municipality of North Grenville to develop a partnership for additional sports facilities on the site. These facilities would allow students and community members of Kemptville to practice various sports year-round, and could be divided into sections, allowing multiple sports teams or organizations to hold practices or activities simultaneously outside school hours.

Académie catholique Notre-Dame is also proud to announce the return of its equestrian program next year. Developed as part of a strategic project in the Santé humaine et terrestre concentration, the program has been a great success with students. It allows them to explore different equestrian styles and the various trades related to the field.

Energy efficiency and sustainable development technologies will be integrated into the building’s design, promoting sustainable practices in line with the CECCE’s values of environmental respect.

The opening date for the new school has yet to be determined.

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