More than 650 Francophone students from 106 French language Catholic and public secondary schools will gather in the Hanmer community of Greater Sudbury from May 17 to 20 to take part in the 26th edition of the Jeux franco-ontariens (Franco-Ontarian Games). Taking place at École secondaire Hanmer this year, this annual provincial gathering attracts a great deal of interest among students from the Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon.
The CSC Nouvelon, with its team of 48 students, will be well represented at the Games. Participating students will represent eight of the school board’s secondary schools: ÉSC Jeunesse-Nord (Blind River), ÉSC Trillium (Chapleau), ÉS Notre-Dame-du-Sault (Sault Ste. Marie), Collège Notre-Dame (Sudbury), ÉS du Sacré-Cœur (Sudbury), ÉSC l’Horizon (Val Caron), ÉSC Champlain (Chelmsford) and ÉS Saint-Joseph (Wawa).
As part of the Jeux franco-ontarien’s activities, students will measure their skills in eight categories: sports, visual arts, improvisation, quiz – AGM, circus arts, music, dance and media. Organized by the Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO) (Federation of Franco-Ontarian Youth), this gathering will unite artists, athletes and student leaders from all parts of Ontario in a celebration of their francophone pride and culture.
“Every year, our students return from the Games totally transformed and beaming with pride in their francophone roots and culture,” stated Ms. Lyse-Anne Papineau, CSC Nouvelon Director of Education. “Their participation at this dynamic cultural identity event enables our high school students to acquire abilities that will serve them well as leaders in their school and community.”
The Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon offers a French-language Catholic Educational Program that is widely recognized for its excellence. The CSC Nouvelon provides a quality learning environment and academic program that runs from early childhood to adult education, with some 7,000 students enrolled in 27 elementary and 10 secondary schools.