September 19, 2017
École secondaire catholique Champlain (Chelmsford) is planning quite the celebration to highlight the provincial Franco-Ontarian Day. The celebration will begin on Friday, September 22, with the Festival Franco-Requins for students and will continue Saturday, September 23 with a Family Fun Day for the whole community. This fun-filled two-day celebration seeks to promote the vitality of the Franco-Ontarian community. All activities will take place at ÉSC Champlain, located at 61 Brookside Drive in Chelmsford.
More than 1200 students will gather for the Festival Franco-Requins taking place from 8 a.m. to 12-noon on Friday, September 22. Grade 4 to 8 students from École St-Étienne (Dowling), École Alliance St-Joseph (Chelmsford) and École Ste-Marie (Azilda) will join École secondaire catholique Champlain students for a multitude of fun games. A Franco-Ontarian flag-raising ceremony will cap off the festival at 12:30 p.m.
Staff and students from ÉSC Champlain invite the community to join them for their Family Fun Day, taking place on Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The $5 entry free will give attendees access to ten inflatable games, carnival style games, face painting and many more activities for guests of all ages. There will also be a barbecue, a canteen and snowcones on site.
The official Franco-Ontarian day, celebrated since 2010, is on September 25. The date marks the anniversary of the Franco-Ontarian flag, which was flown for the first time in Sudbury in 1975.
Students and staff from ÉSC Champlain and the CSCNO take great pride in celebrating our flag’s 42nd anniversary. While recognizing our Francophone and Catholic heritage, these activities promote the excellence and dedication of our students and staff as they seek to widen their Francophone space and fully live their culture in the province of Ontario.
The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario offers a French Catholic education that is widely recognized for its excellence. The CSCNO provides a quality learning environment within an academic program that runs from early childhood to adult education, with some 7,000 students enrolled in 27 elementary and 10 secondary schools.
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Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
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