Ecole Pomquet Officially Opens

Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)

May 5, 2003 11:10 AM

Education Minister Angus MacIsaac was in Pomquet, Antigonish Co.,
today, May 5, to officially open Ecole acadienne de Pomquet. The
minister spoke during a ceremony where a plaque was unveiled to
mark the event.

"Ecole acadienne de Pomquet is equipped with the resources our
students need today and in the future," said Mr. MacIsaac. "For
example, in the technical education room, they're developing
multimedia skills, while in the visual arts and music rooms,
you'll see budding artists and musicians."

The province built Ecole acadienne de Pomquet for about
$8 million. There are 11 classrooms, as well as rooms for
technical education, visual arts, music, distance education, a
cafeteria and a gymnasium. A preschool was built as an addition
to the school this year and was funded by Canadian Heritage.

Mr. MacIsaac noted that beyond its role as a learning centre for
students, Ecole acadienne de Pomquet is also serving as a
cultural centre for the region's Acadian community.

"The gymnasium and classrooms provide additional space for
community use after hours or early in the morning," said the
minister. "On some evenings this is a place for parents to learn
French. Early in the morning, seniors use the gym for exercise."

"Thanks to the Department of Education, the Pomquet community has
a chance to learn and grow in French first language," said
Kenneth Gaudet, chair of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial
(CSAP). "The CSAP is pleased and proud to be able to offer such a
modern facility to the students of this region."

Richard Marchand, principal of Ecole acadienne de Pomquet, also
expressed his satisfaction.

"I feel very lucky to be part of this school, which is located at
the centre of the Pomquet community. Thanks to the parents and
the population, we feel supported and are encouraged to promote
the Acadian culture," said Mr. Marchand.

Ecole acadienne de Pomquet was one of 17 new schools announced in
June 2000. The school's enrolment is 154 students in grades
primary to 10 and will grow to include all senior grades by 2004-
05.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Education Minister Angus MacIsaac officially opened Ecole

acadienne de Pomquet in Antigonish County today (May 5th). The

minister says that the school is equipped with the resources

students need today and in the future.

     The province built Ecole acadienne de Pomquet for about

eight-million dollars. The school has 11 classrooms, a gym,

cafeteria and rooms for technical education, visual arts, music,

and distance education.

     The school has 154 students in grades primary to 10 and

will grow to include all senior grades by 2004-05.

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Contact: Dan Davis
         Department of Education
         902-424-3150
         E-mail: davisds@gov.ns.ca

kjd         May 5, 2003         11:09 A.M.