Fredericton gets new francophone school

New francophone school opens on Fredericton’s northside

École Les Éclaireurs is opening to kindergarten to Grade 5 students on Fredericton’s north side

By Lauren Bird, CBC News Posted: Sep 08, 2015 6:45 AM AT Last Updated: Sep 08, 2015 10:24 AM AT

The new École Les Éclaireurs will open Tuesday on Fredericton's northside.

The new École Les Éclaireurs will open Tuesday on Fredericton’s northside. (CBC)

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About 300 children from kindergarten to Grade 5 will start their education this year at a new school on Fredericton’s northside, École Les Éclaireurs.

Marcel LeBlanc, the school’s new principal, along with teachers and volunteers were putting the finishing touches on the school last week.

LeBlanc said he expects the amount of students attending the school to double within the next three years.

As the school grows, it will also accommodate more grades. Within three years, LeBlanc said the school will be educating students up to Grade 8.

The city’s other francophone elementary school, École des Bâtisseurs, was full three years after opening.

LeBlanc was the principal there until last December.

He said the new school will alleviate much of the pressure on École des Bâtisseurs.

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The new school on Fredericton’s northside is the latest example of francophone schools in New Brunswick’s urban centres experiencing significant growth.

École des Pionniers has opened in Quispamsis after parents in the Kennebecasis Valley lobbied for years for a school in the area.

(…)Ekatrina Lysenko was registering two of her children for the new school last week.

Her family recently moved to Fredericton from Newfoundland and Labrador, but is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia.

“I think it’s very important for them to learn as many languages as they can,” she said.

“They speak English in sport activities and in the neighbourhood and I want them to learn French.”

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