At its regular meeting on April 16, Holy Family Catholic Regional Division, (HFCRD) Board of Trustees voted overwhelmingly in favor of extending the Grades offered at École Providence to include Grade 7 and 8.
At present, Providence offers Kindergarten to Grade 6, but beginning in the 2019/2020 school year, the school will teach Grade 7 and as the current students move up, the school will offer Grade 8 beginning in September 2020.
Following a thorough examination of the proposed additional grades, weighing the pros and cons, and having spoken with parents, students and teachers, the Board of Trustees voted almost unanimously in favour of the proposal, with only one dissenting vote.
The HFCRD Board of Trustees will revisit the decision of the additional grades in 2024, to examine the viability of the new grade configuration.
“If enrolment at École Providence School remains stable, grades seven and eight will be economically viable for a minimum of five years,” said HFCRD Superintendent Betty Turpin.
“The community of McLennan has supported Providence tremendously in recent years. Thank you to Providence staff for providing a safe and caring learning environment for students. We are very proud of the quality of education provided in that school.”
Parents of current students welcomed the idea of sending their children to Providence to attend the additional grades.
The consensus among the parents is that they are pleased that their children will have the opportunity to pursue their education within the community, and continue to learn and grow in the faith based, positive culture that the school provides.
Parents also feel that the two additional Grades give the student time to learn and mature within the affirmative, learning environment École Providence provides and that they will have sufficiently matured to the point where the transition to another school will be less distressing.
The students also expressed their desire to continue at Providence with the majority saying they want to remain at the school through Grades 7 and 8 and continue their education in a safe, familiar environment with the same teachers and school friends.
“We are really excited about having the two additional grades at the school,” says École Providence principal, Krista Veitch.
“This is particularly good for the students as they have the rare opportunity to go through those decisive years leading to high school, in a safe and caring small school setting. We hope that other families in the area will avail of the opportunity now that we offer up to Grade 8.”