timberland uk shoes ‘Happy family’ school in Westsyde celebrates 10 years
L’cole Collines d’Or may be small and remote, but the Westsyde school is massive in the hearts of its 45 students and their parents. The school is the only fully integrated Francophone educational facility in Kamloops, and it fulfils an important mandate entrenched in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On Thursday, l’cole Collines d’Or celebrated its 10th year of teaching French to children from kindergarten to Grade 7 in their own language. “And it’s important to make sure the communities can be enriched by the French language.” After a few years leasing space in other schools, six years ago, the provincial Conseil scolaire fran began leasing a Kamloops Thompson School District owned school in Westsyde fully dedicated to francophone programming. That’s made all the difference, according to school principal Ghislaine Varin. “It’s a small school. It’s a very energetic, happy school, so parents come here and it’s like a family,” she said. Among its saving graces is the stability of a dedicated staff said both Varin and Cyr. “We have an exceptional team here of teachers and teachers aides,” said Varin. L’cole Collines d’Or does more than merely fulfil a mandate, it allows French Canadian families to stay in touch with their proud heritage and share it with the next generation, say parents. “It means a lot,” said Sandra Depot, head of the school’s parent advisory council. “It’s not just the language, it’s growing up with the culture and we’re so happy to be able to have this here. It helps us build their background, their history, where they come from.” Grade 5 student Crystal Stobbart stood as one of four school ambassadors during Thursday’s celebrations. She also referred to the school as a happy family. “J’aime beaucoups,” she said. “C’est une petite cole alors c’est comme on est tous famille.” Most graduates go to South Kamloops secondary for its French immersion program, though the school may expand in future.