École Sir William Osler held an official opening ceremony on Oct. 4 to mark a new era as a French Immersion milieu school. Last year, the school operated as an extension of École LaVérendrye. This expansion addresses a shortage of space in french immersion schools and reflects my commitment to expand french immersion in the division. I am personally very excited to see École Sir William Osler reopening.

“This year we are now our own school,” said Principal Karen Loveridge. “We still have some of our LaVérendrye students here, but we are our own school with our own students and catchment area now.”

Currently, the school has Nursery to Grade 2 students, but it is looking to expand in coming years. Next year, we’ll add the Grade 3 students and we’ll continue to add each school year.

Special guests, which included WSD Board Chair Sherri Rollins, Trustee Mark Wasyliw, Chief Superintendent Pauline Clarke, Superintendent Fatima Mota and Director of Student Services Julie Millar, were in attendance for a ceremony that included student performances and a tree-planting in the school playground.

Music teacher Monica Ossachuk even wrote a new school song for the occasion, entitled “École Sir William Osler on t’aime.” The song was performed by the school’s Grade 1 and 2 choir.

École Sir William Osler was built in 1955, with an addition made in 1957; the school closed in June, 1991 due to declining enrollment and was used as WSD Professional Development space until recently. The school underwent some renovations prior to receiving its new students from LaVérendrye last year.