On Thursday August 30, Community dignitaries, school board trustees, parents, students and staff gathered together at l’École élémentaire publique Terre des jeunes in Alexandria, to celebrate their 25th anniversary and to unveil new programs offered at the school.
The celebration kicked off with the National Anthem sung by fourth grade student Madeleine Reijmers.
“Over the last 25 years, the walls of this school have heard the laughter and tears of students and teachers alike,” said Lise Benoît-Léger, CEPEO Trustee. “Every year, we experience change while students move or graduate but although we’ve endured some losses, the joys have far outweighed them all. The school has remained resilient through its wonderful transformations, but what’s most important is that we’ve become a beautiful family who has upheld its French heritage,” said Benoît-Léger.
“Thousands of students have made Terre des jeunes their second home,” said Principal Daniel Lalonde. “The kids have our full attention, as their well-being, education and happiness are our top priority. We continue to nurture and develop our young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning while maintaining their rich French culture,” said Lalonde.
While turning the page to its 26th chapter, the leadership is eager to offer the following programs to their students:
-Spanish classes offered to students from grade one to grade eight.
-The Spartech Program which consists of sports, technology and arts offered from grades four through eight.
-Entrepreneurial Program offered from kindergarten to grade eight.
-The resource center and creative hall stacked with the latest technologies and an updated library.
-The International Bac Program, challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.
Much thought and meaning went into the facelift given to the school colors and logo.
“TDJ” is the school acronym in blue (symbolizing dreams, wisdom and serenity), green (representing hope) and orange (symbolizing optimism and open-mindedness). The wolf mascot signifies loyalty to family, endurance, intuition, and a willingness to learn. He is sensitive, open to new ideas and is a great listener. A team player who is also self-motivated and confident enough to pursue his own dreams.
These are the qualities that Terre des jeunes seeks to promote and foster in their students in the years to come.
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