Acadian Board to Develop French Curriculum

first_imgNova Scotia’s students who study in French will have moreoptional courses to choose from by the end of a four-year pilotproject beginning this September. During the pilot project, the province’s Acadian school boardwill lead curriculum development for its students. The Departmentof Education will continue to approve new courses before they areimplemented. “Our goal is to provide more quality courses for students inAcadian schools in a shorter time frame,” said Education MinisterJamie Muir. “By concentrating curriculum expertise at the boardlevel, we’ll be able to provide Acadian students with as manyoptional courses as students who study in English.” For the first year of the pilot project, the Conseil scolaireacadien provincial (the Acadian board) will create a new processfor developing curriculum. A consulting firm will help the boardto create this process. The board will spend the next three years developing andimplementing new courses for students who study in French astheir first language. The Department will monitor curriculumdevelopment and approve courses to ensure students get a qualityeducation. “With this new approach, we’ll be more efficient as we will have the same people developing the curriculum and training ourteachers on how to implement the programs,” said Ken Gaudet,chair of the school board. “This makes sense for our boardbecause we have a small number of students and teachers.” The Acadian school board will have about 4,200 of the 147,400students expected to be enrolled in Nova Scotia schools in theupcoming school year. The province’s English school boards, whichare considerably larger, will continue to implement curriculumdeveloped by the Department. Acadian parents were consulted about the change through theFédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. “Our children are getting a quality education in French in allthe necessary subjects for graduation,” said Richard Laurin,acting president of the federation. “This pilot project takes thenext step to provide them with all the optional courses designedto meet our children’s specific needs.” Nova Scotia’s Minister of Acadian affairs, Chris d’Entremont,said the move will help strengthen Acadian culture in theprovince. “A cornerstone of any culture is the education of its youngpeople,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Being able to offer more coursesin their own language can only be encouraging and helpful to ourstudents.” Teachers from two school boards are currently seconded to theDepartment to develop French curriculum. They will have inputinto the new process of course development during the first yearof the pilot project. They will then have the option of joiningthe Acadian school board to work on curriculum or returning totheir former positions with their school board. The new structure and process will be evaluated annually duringthe pilot project. After four years, a decision will be madewhether the board will continue to develop curriculum. French language education in Nova Scotia is financially supportedthrough federal-provincial Official Languages Education (OLE)agreements between the Department of Canadian Heritage and theDepartment of Education. Pending the renewal of a new Protocol onOfficial Languages in Education, the first year of this pilotproject will be cost-shared under the Canada-Nova ScotiaProvisional Arrangements for 2003-04. The Department will continue to develop curriculum for studentswho study French as a second language. The Department has been operating a provincial resource centrefor French teachers located at Université Sainte-Anne-Collège del’Acadie. The university had formerly operated the centre andwill now resume its operation.last_img read more

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Nineyearold boy was mauled to death by family friends dog while alone

“We believe that Frankie was alone in a caravan with the dog as he was attacked, whilst the adults that he was on holiday with were in an adjacent unit.”There was sound of a disturbance and sounds of distress coming from the caravan.”Immediately on hearing that, members of the public ran towards it and attempted to render first aid to Frankie.”Det Supt West confirmed the 28-year-old woman who was arrested nearly 20 miles away from the incident had been released under investigation.When asked whether it is believed that the woman ran away from the scene, he added: “Those circumstances have yet to become clear, but that’s certainly a line of our ongoing enquiry.”It is not yet known whether the dog will be put down following the attack.”Whether or not the dog will be put down is not a decision for the police at this time,” said Det Supt West.Family and friends have paid tribute to the young boy. Police at the scene at Tencreek Holiday Park in Cornwall He said: “Our understanding at this time is that the dog owner was an associate of Frankie’s mother, who was also at the site during our relevant times – a family friend, not a family member. A nine-year-old boy was mauled to death after being left alone in a caravan with a family friend’s dog, police have said.Authorities are now investigating to find out if the animal, believed to be a bulldog type, is an illegal breed.Frankie Macritchie, from Plymouth, was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning as his mother remained in the caravan next door with a group  of adults well-known to the family.He was on holiday with his mother, Tawnee Willis, who posted a photograph of the two together on Facebook on Saturday. She wrote: “caravan life with my babes”.Police were called to a caravan at Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe just before 5am on Saturday to find him in an unresponsive state.Three hours after the attack, police arrested a 28-year-old woman in Plymouth on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control and manslaughter, and have since released her under investigation pending further inquiries.The dog has been taken into kennels and specialists were now looking into its breed to determine whether it was legal or not.He said:”We have got specialists that are looking at the breed of the dog and that’s part of our inquiries. Police investigating if it’s an illegal breed.” Danielle Macritchie, his aunt, posted on Facebook writing: “Awwwww my baby boy, I just want u back now. I want this to stop now.”Our lives are ruined forever. How do we ever stop this pain?” Police at the scene at Tencreek Holiday Park in Cornwall Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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