Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO)

Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO)

April 01, 2011 10:30 ET

Kanata Students and Members of the Community Celebrate the Official Opening of ecole elementaire publique Maurice-Lapointe

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2011) - It was with great joy and pride that the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) today inaugurated a new elementary school, the école élémentaire publique Maurice-Lapointe, located in Kanata-South, in the presence of numerous students, parents, staff members, and many officials, including Mr. Maurice Lapointe himself.

The honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and MPP Mr. Yassir Naqvi, as well as MPP for Carleton-Mississippi Mills Mr. Norm Sterling were also present during the special ceremony celebrating the latest establishment to join the CEPEO family.

"Today's ceremony marks the conclusion of a major joint project aimed at offering high-quality, French-language education to students in the expanding community of Kanata-South," stated CEPEO Chairman Georges Orfali.

The approximately 150 students, along with staff members, moved into the new facilities at 17 Bridgestone Drive in Kanata on February 22, a day that had been much looked forward to. The dedication and unconditional support of Kanata community members throughout the many phases of the project are a testament to a deep belief in the importance of public French-language education.

The school is named in honour of Maurice Lapointe, a key figure in the Franco-Ontarian community and the education sector in Ontario. During the ceremony, Mr. Lapointe declared himself deeply touched by this sign of esteem on the part of parents, students, and the CEPEO. "A school is a life environment; a place where what is best in students is developed a lifestyle steeped in human values just as much as it is by intellectual growth. We can already see that here," shared Mr. Lapointe.

The new school is also particular in the sense that it is the first one in the school board to participate in a pilot project on the integration of iPads and other technologically advanced tools. "The wireless network will let us see if this new approach provides students with tools allowing them to improve their academic results and motivates them further," declared the principal of the new school, Mr. Dale McLellan.

A boundless passport for a better world. Proud to be on the vanguard in the area of public education, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) serves more than 11,000 students and includes 38 public French-language primary and secondary schools across eastern Ontario.

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