On September 5th, 1951, workmen were still busy completing floors and installing electrical equipment as St. Eugene School opened its doors at 9:00 a.m. to 169 students who lived south of Dunsmure Road. It was the second school to be used in the newly formed St. Eugene Parish. St. Helen School, in the same parish, was erected during the war and was filled to capacity.
As no survey of the school population in the area had been made, no tentative class lists were available, and registration, therefore, took place in the main corridor opposite the front entrance. In the afternoon, Sister M. Martinella, the principal, arranged four classes. Room 1 held a grade one and two class with 43 students with Sister M. Carmella as the teacher. Miss Nora Craddock was the teacher in Room 2. It was a grade two and three class with 43 students. Room 3 was a grade four and five class with 43 students with Miss Mary Berlinguette as the teacher. Room 4 held grades six, seven and eight. It had 40 students and Sister M. Martinella was the teacher in that room. Monsignor J. A. O`Brien, Chairman of the School Board, declared that this new school was the latest in design and the most practical yet erected by the Separate School Board. At that time the teaching personnel of the Separate School Board numbered 149 teachers, 79 religious teachers and 70 lay teachers. St. Eugene School was the 20th primary school of the Separate School Board in the city.
On September 25, 1951, His Excellency Most Rev. J. F. Ryan, Bishop of Hamilton, officially opened St. Eugene School with a blessing and a dedication. Rev. J. B. Cox was the pastor of the thriving parish and assisted Bishop Ryan in the opening ceremony.
In 2005, St. Eugene School, now a French Immersion school, has almost tripled in student population and grown in size. Today 476 students sit in 19 classrooms. It continues to be a treasured landmark in the east part of the city. St. Eugene School is rich with history and vibrancy as staff, students and parents continue the tradition of the community and it continues to celebrate its close relationship with St. Eugene Parish.
Many of the students in our school are in the French Immersion Program, which starts in Senior Kindergarten and continues until Grade 12.
French immersion provides children with many benefits, both tangible and intangible. These include:
* A greater number of career opportunities.
* A lifelong ability to communicate with French-speakers, here in Canada and around the globe.
* Enriched travel experiences, especially to the 30 countries where French is spoken.
* Superior creativity and problem-solving ability.
* A facility for learning other languages.
* A deeper understanding of their own and other cultures.
Furthermore, data shows that the second language immersion students have exceptional success in mathematical computation.
Some frequently asked questions:
I don`t speak French -- how will I be able to help my children with the school work?
Immersion programs were designed for children whose parents have little or no facility in French. The numbers prove that the belief in the value of second-language education has no boundaries. Hundreds of thousands of young Canadians enrolled in French Immersion programs come from a variety of cultures, nationalities and backgrounds.
How will French Immersion affect my child`s progress in English?
Research has consistently shown that the English-language skills of French immersion students meet or exceed those children in regular or English-language programs. Academic ability is not related to performance in French language skills. A child experiencing reading, writing or other classroom difficulties will exhibit that problem regardless of the language of instruction. Such problems should not normally be a barrier to a bilingual education. French Immersion teachers are highly attuned to children who may be experiencing learning problems.
We live outside of the area, how will my child get to school?
The Catholic School Board provides bussing for children in French Immersion. The bus picks the children up and drops them off at their "home school", which is the Catholic school where your child would normally attend Kindergarten. St. Eugene`s French Immersion Program serves students from the following schools:
Assumption, Our Lady of Peace, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Francis Xavier, St. Martin of Tours, Holy Name of Jesus, St. David, St. Helen, St. John the Baptist, St. Paul, Immaculate Heart, St. Agnes, St. Eugene, St. James the Apostle, St. Luke, St. Mark and St. Matthew
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