The 2010/09/02 at 14:25
Extension of its premises, the setting up of a pre-university programme, opening out internationally, the construction of a residence with 40 rooms mainly for foreign students who make up 20 to 25% of overall numbers: these are the major developments in store aiming to enhance the lives of the Collège’s 1,750 junior high-school pupils, soon to be joined by 600 pre-university students (equivalent of final-year and leaving certificate). “An extra 10,000 m² will supplement the existing 25,000 m². And at the heart of this vast ensemble is the chapel, which will soon be transformed into an ultramodern library,” enthuses Ugo Cavenaghi, Principal of the establishment who is rightly proud of this school that boasts the top examination results in Québec, thanks to a team of 150 collaborators including 80 teachers.
For ten years, the mission of the Collège has been to train the leaders of tomorrow. In recent years, a number of innovative projects have been developed, including DéfiMonde and DéfiSports, dance and music majors and a Sport Élite academy. “We offer around sixty extra-curricular activities (sports, culture, music…) that occupy pupils in the afternoon as classroom lessons finish at the start of the afternoon.”
At the same time, the Collège has just launched its latest major project – i-classe – which enables the integration of Web 2.0 resources thanks to “ultraportable” computers at the disposal of all 2nd form pupils – still in experimental stage in 2009-2010. “In the next two years, all our pupils will have a digital device, today an ultraportable, tomorrow perhaps a graphics tablet.” And to get closer to this target, the establishment launched, in 2009, an innovation and development fund aiming to support the development of avant-garde pedagogical tools.
To anchor its resolutely international orientation, the Collège has set itself strategic targets: to create an international community, to develop the introduction of overseas cultures, and to welcome and experience other cultures inside and outside the Collège. “Our network of partner schools offers our pupils unique opportunities to change scenery and enrich themselves,” continues Ugo Cavenaghi. In 2009-2010 alone, over 300 pupils ventured to other lands, to countries ranging from China, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore to New Zealand, New Caledonia, Kenya, Senegal, Algeria, Ecuador, Peru and the United States. “We are examining other projects to increase topportunities to meet with our network of partner schools, notably with Australia and South America,” specifies Ugo Cavenaghi. “Cooperation between nations should be an integral part of international education. Our pre-university network will open its doors in 2011 and enable school leavers to access numerous overseas universities, including the most prestigious US schools, thanks to the integration of APP (Advanced Placement Programs) in classes, a necessary perquisite for admission.”
The Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine is a member of a large Quebecois network of schools associated with UNESCO, drawing together close to one million teachers and several million pupils in 8,000 school establishments in 177 countries. “Being a member of a network of partner schools enables us to welcome overseas teachers and pupils,” explains Ugo Cavenaghi. “To help with this, we have an international development manager, and offer pupil and teacher exchanges. This way, all of the Collège’s pupils have access to activities and events enabling them to discover the world at their own rhythm and according to their own sensibilities.”
- Belgium: www.stus.be
- Canada: www.sac.on.ca; www.smus.bc.ca
- Denmark: www.cis-edu.dk
- France: www.blanche-de-castille.fr
- Japan: 3w.chuo-hs.jp/english
- New Zealand: www.waimea.school.nz
- Senegal : www.mariste.sn
- Spain: www.europaschool.org ; www.centromundolengua.com
- United States: www.kent-school.edu ; www.fasny.org