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French high school closer to home

Students of the French public elementary school in Guelph will soon be able to go to Waterloo instead of Hamilton if they want to attend a French high school.
Education Minister Liz Sandals has announced that the province will fund the first high school in Waterloo Region for the Conseil scolaire Viamonde – the school board that manages French-language public schools in the central southwestern region of Ontario.
Currently, the board has an elementary school in Waterloo and another in Guelph – the École élémentaire L’Odyssée on Brighton Street. Students of these two schools currently have to travel to Hamilton to continue their high school education within the Conseil scolaire Viamonde, said a news release from the board.
“It is very important for us to locate elementary and secondary schools closer to the families,” Conseil scolaire Viamonde board chair François Gratton said in the release.
“Our students can thus receive a French language education of high quality from their early elementary years until the end of their secondary education,” Gratton said. “We are very pleased and grateful that the Ministry of Education supports our vision. They have been a great supporter of French language education.”
The Conseil scolaire Viamonde extends from Trenton to Windsor and from Penetanguishene to the Niagara Region. It provides services to more than 10,150 students in its 46 French-language schools.

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