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Chairman's Message

Chairman's Message 2020-2021

As Chairman of the Council of Commissioners, it is always a pleasure to wish our students and their parents, as well as all of the members of our dedicated staff, a successful 2020-2021 school year. But of course, this year is quite special in that we still have to deal with a pandemic that remains a threat to all of us. But let me assure you that our staffs are well prepared to welcome your children in a safe environment conducive to learning. We will constantly monitor our day-to-day activities so as to ensure the safety of all concerned.

To those who are new to the CQSB, allow me to inform you of our school board's motto ''Learning for All''! These three words have been, and will continue to be, the motivation behind all of our decisions. The success of each and every student is what we strive to ensure through the many actions that we take during any particular year. With the unwavering dedication of a competent and enthusiastic CQSB TEAM of teachers, professionals, principals, support staff, board administrators and, of course, the Council of Commissioners, our students have achieved, year after year, enviable results in the June exams of the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES). The latest statistics published by the MEES reveal that the CQSB reached a 89,9% graduation and qualification rate following the June 2019 ministerial exams. Such an astounding success rate ranks the CQSB second among all of the nine (9) English school boards and 60 French school service centres of the province. You have definitely made a wise decision to send your child/children to our schools!

To those who are already members of the CQSB school communities, we say WELCOME BACK! For sure the 2019-2020 school year was one that will not be forgotten. Yet with your understanding and the excellence of our staff, we were able to continue to provide the quality educational services which have become the trademark of our schools and Learning Centre. Rest assured that we plan to be as effective in this coming year.

Every school year brings its own challenges, but 2020-2021 will most probably be a remarkable year. Not only because of the pandemic but also because of a number of construction and extension projects that will inevitably add to the quality of our schools. In the Quebec Metropolitan Area, work continues on the elementary school for the South Shore, as well as on our 21st-century high school uniting the present Quebec and Saint Patrick's High Schools. The Council of Commissioners will strive to keep you informed on the progress of these projects as well as on other projects soon to be announced.

On the political scene, this school year promises to be of historical importance. As you all know, the present Quebec government plans to replace school boards by school service centres – this is already the case in the French school network. The nine (9) English school boards have contested Bill 40 and the battle continues. As of this date, we do not know if elections will be held on November 1st, nor, if they are held, who will be eligible to run. More information will be given during the next few weeks and it would be wise that you visit our school board’s website on a regular basis. As well, we will continue to use CBC-Radio and the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph as our main media for sharing information with all of you.

Par ailleurs, tout comme je le fais chaque année, je tiens à rassurer tous nos parents relativement à l'importance que nous accordons à l'apprentissage du français dans chacune de nos écoles. En effet, notre but est de faire de nos élèves des citoyens qui pourront s'exprimer de façon claire et précise dans chacune des deux langues officielles de notre grand pays, le Canada.

Lastly, but not least, should you feel the need, I am pleased to remind you that the CQSB has a Student Ombudsman in the person of Ms. Anne Letellier de St-Just, whose coordinates can be found on our website.

May the 2020-2021 school year be a safe, healthy and promising year for all of us!

 

STEPHEN BURKE

Chairman of the Council of Commissioners
August 26, 2020

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