Schools are ready to welcome new French Immersion students

Grade 1 teacher, Kellie Deacon shares a new book with Minister Currie at West Kent Elementary School.

More than 400 Island students will have the opportunity to participate in French Immersion programs at West Kent Elementary and Birchwood Intermediate schools, beginning this year.

Over the summer, classrooms have been prepared, materials ordered and teachers hired to welcome 165 new Early French Immersion students at West Kent Elementary, and 240 new Continuing and Late French Immersion students at Birchwood Intermediate.

“We are pleased to offer these new access points for French Immersion closer to home and to create opportunities to build French culture in more Island schools,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie. “With the tremendous support of staff throughout the summer, and $58,000 in new funding for reading and literacy materials, we will be able to provide high quality French Immersion programs at West Kent and Birchwood.”

The new funding has been used to purchase French language materials for the school libraries, classroom libraries and literacy labs. This includes fiction and non-fiction books, 30 Chromebooks to support digital intermediate science textbooks, leveled books and resources for individual and small group literacy instruction, and professional learning resources.

More than $40,000 was invested in the new French Immersion program at West Kent to meet the needs of kindergarten to grade 6 students who receive 75 to 90 per cent of their instruction in French. West Kent will welcome 11 new French Immersion teachers this week.

More than $16,000 was invested in materials for Birchwood Intermediate which will welcome 100 new continuing Immersion students, 140 late immersion students and nine new French immersion teachers this fall. Intermediate students receive 50 per cent of their instruction in French in continuing immersion, and 75 percent in late immersion programs.

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