On Tuesday April 16th, the Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) Board of Trustees voted to add grades seven and eight at École Providence School in McLennan. The board motion includes adding grade seven in the 2019/20 school year and adding grade eight in the 2020/21 school year. The motion also includes that the board will revisit the viability of these grades in 2024, ensuring a five year commitment. The decision was made in response to the increased enrolment at École Providence School and in response to several requests from local parents/guardians and students.
“Our board is proud to support the continued growth of École Providence School. Enrolment at the school has doubled over the last several years, making the school financially self-sustainable. The board is making a five year commitment to ensure the success of the new grades,” said Board Chair Kelly Whalen. “After consulting with the École Providence School parents/guardians and students, we are confident that these grades will be supported by the community of McLennan.”
The Board of Trustees consulted the École Providence School community by hosting a dinner and conversation meeting with parents/guardians, and by speaking directly with grades five and six students. The Board asked families if they would continue to support Providence through the junior high grades and the response was very positive.
“If enrolment at École Providence School remains stable, grades seven and eight will be economically viable for a minimum of five years,” said 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.”
In 2013, the Board of Trustees voted to re-organize École Providence School to a grades K-6 school, thereby removing the junior high grades and removing triple grading. The decision was made in response to low enrolment at the time. In subsequent years, Providence staff together with their school community continuously enhanced the learning environment for all students which resulted in steady enrolment growth.