St. Mary’s College offers an excellent compliment of courses for students wishing to continue their education in French Immersion. This program focuses on expanding opportunities for both oral and written skills. All courses fulfill the Ministry of Education requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. A full description of the program and its courses appears near the end of our school informational booklet. In recent years, our students have had the amazing opportunity to travel to Europe during the Mark Break for a culturally rich experience (and “beaucoup d’amusement”!)
In order to earn a “Bilingual Certificate – Completion of French Immersion Program,” the Ministry of Education states that the student must earn a minimum of 10 credits in French Immersion subjects. At St. Mary’s College, we have chosen subjects which offer the student maximum opportunities for conversation and exchange of ideas, and fulfill requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. For a richer experience in the language, we recommend that the student complete more than the required 10 credits in French Immersion by choosing to take elective courses in French.
The Languages Department at St. Mary’s College offers Core French at both the Applied and Academic level in Grade 9 and for those students wishing to continue in their French studies, Grade 10-12 Core French is offered at the Academic level. If you take French right through to Grade 12, you will have the opportunity to challenge the DELF test which is a French language proficiency test. The successful candidates then receives an internationally recognized certificate from France stating the level of proficiency in the language.
In recent years, provincial initiatives have taken place using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR) to inform practice in FSL. The CEFR provides a comprehensive overview of competencies that Franch language learners need to develop in order to communicate and interact effectively. It presents levels of language proficiency, starting at the basic level A1, continuing to A2, B1 and B2 (which is considered independent). Our languages department will continue to prepare and encourage our students from Grade 9 through to Grade 12 at which time they will be able to apply and challenge the DELF testing. successful candidates will receive a Diplome d’études en langue française which is internationally recognized.
The Indigenous population continues to grow at St. Mary’s College, therefore, we are offering a package of courses with a strong Indigenous focus. The students who complete 10 of these courses will graduate with a Certificate of Completion of Indigenous Studies from the Huron-Superior District School Board. After careful consideration, the package of courses include Anishinaabemonwin, History, Careers and Civics, Art and English courses with a strong emphasis on the stories, history and language of the original inhabitants of Turtle Island, known as North America.
These courses are open to all students as we believe it is important for all Canadians to have knowledge of Indigenous history and culture. The Certificate of Completion will be awarded to all students who completed 10 credits in this package. Courses will run only if sufficient numbers warrant.
All students of SMC are welcome to participate in events that focus on Indigenous Education, Indigenous People and the culture. In the past, we were able to offer an after-school drum making program and attend other functions that supported justice issues among First Nations communities in Canada. All students of First Nations, Métis or Inuit descent are encouraged to self-identify upon registration.
Counsellors from the local First Nations, Batchewana and Garden River, as well as counsellors from the Indian Friendship Centre and the Métis Nation of Ontario are available to speak with our students.