In November 2023, the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) announced that the name of the new Catholic elementary school in Kingston will be St. Geneviève Catholic School/École catholique Sainte-Geneviève.
This Kindergarten to Grade 8 school is in Kingston’s west-end Woodhaven subdivision and will be a dual-track school, meaning the school offers both French immersion and English learning. The groundbreaking ceremony for the school took place in April 2022, and the school originally had an opening date of September 2023.
According to a release from the ALCDSB, the focus of the naming process was to have student and family voice as the leading influence. Laurie Day, who will be the principal of St. Geneviève Catholic School, met with students in three school communities to gather their input.
In addition, a naming committee was created, which included students, families, staff and community members. The school board said that a larger list of names was narrowed down to three names by the naming committee. The school community voted again, and St. Geneviève Catholic School was selected.
“The opening of St. Geneviève Catholic School will create an exciting and innovative faith-based learning community. The school truly represents the commitment of all partners in Catholic education to create schools that will prepare our students for their vibrant futures,” said Darcey French, Superintendent of Education for ALCDSB.
“It was important for me that the school name was generated from, and selected by, the school community. I love that the name, St. Geneviève, is representative of the dual-track nature of the school,” added Day.
Last month, Principal Day again met with students who will be attending the new school in Kingston’s West end, to gather input about what the new crest should look like.
ALCDSB said that various designs were created by graphic artists and put to the school community for rating and feedback earlier this month. This feedback was used to refine the designs and the crest was selected.
“I am blessed to be able to work with students and families to ensure the logo is reflective of what they want to see in their school community,” said Principal Day. “It is hoped that this new Catholic school will be a light within our community.”
According to the school board, the colours of navy blue and gold represent wisdom, generosity and compassion, and the images in the crest represent academics (the book), our Catholicity (through the cross), unity (through the circular shape) and St. Geneviève, who was known as ‘the light of Paris’ (through the flame).
“I look forward to continuing to work with our students, families, and community members as we build the St. Geneviève Catholic School community,” said Principal Day.
St. Geneviève Catholic School/École catholique Sainte-Geneviève will provide ALCDSB students with outstanding opportunities for learning in both French and English. According to the release, the construction of the dual track school is part of the province’s investment program to support students with better learning spaces.
The following highlights of this school were provided in the release:
- 481 elementary student spaces.
- 4 new childcare rooms, providing 73 new licensed childcare spaces.
- 3 new EarlyON Child and Family Centre rooms.
ALCDSB said that the school will open in September 2024.