The Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon proudly adopted the name of its new school in Espanola during its January 28, 2020 board meeting. After consulting students, families and school staff from the community, it was decided that the new school, which will open for students from Kindergarten to grade 12 during the 2020-2021 school year, will be called École catholique La Renaissance.
“In choosing this name, our school community has acknowledged the importance of its French-language Catholic roots,” declared CSC Nouvelon Chair Mr. André Bidal. “Seeing the establishment of this school is a dream that is finally coming to fruition for Francophone students and parents as it will ensure that the Francophone and Catholic culture can thrive and be passed on to future generations.”
“The construction of our new school is seen as being a key element in the renewal of Espanola’s Francophone community,” explained CSC Nouvelon Director of Education Mr. Paul Henry. “Our new school will benefit from the reputation of excellence and the dynamism of our French-language Catholic schools which have undertaken remarkable work in Espanola for several years. By choosing the name La Renaissance, we underline the desire of our students, parents and staff to see our new school serve as a place of gathering for Espanola’s Francophone community.”
The new school – École catholique La Renaissance – will be located on the former site of Sacred Heart School and former St-Louis de France Catholic Church. It will welcome students from École Saint-Joseph and École secondaire catholique Franco-Ouest in Fall 2020. The new building will also house Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School which is operated by the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board.