With a principal appointed, enrollment numbers coming in and continued plans being made, Father Leduc School is becoming a reality for the community.
Mild weather has helped crews at the construction site of Father Leduc School — St. Thomas Aquinas Roman (STAR) Catholic School Divisions’ newest addition to Leduc, in the growing neighborhood of Southfork. Those in the area have seen a lot of work completed on the school thus far, but an early delay in construction does mean the physical school site won’t be available in September. That delay won’t prevent students and staff of Father Leduc School from starting the new school year together; they will simply do so temporarily at Notre Dame School.
“It’s what’s known as a school within a school,” explained Tara Malloy, newly appointed Father Leduc School principal. “Father Leduc School teachers, staff and of course students will attend as a fully intact school, student body and faculty, but will do so starting at Notre Dame School. When the Father Leduc School facility is available, Father Leduc students will move with their teacher, their secretary, their staff and principal.”
Construction on the Father Leduc School building and site is expected to be completed in November 2016. Once construction is complete and the facility equipped, students and staff will move together.
Father Leduc School will begin this fall as a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school, but will expand adding Grade 7 in the 2017/2018 school year and Grade 8 the following year.
“Grade 6 students at Father Leduc School are going to be real leaders in the school,” said Malloy, adding that students starting at Father Leduc School in Grade 6 next fall won’t need to transfer to another school the following year, they can remain at Father Leduc through Grade 7 and 8.
“They will start with us in September, come with us when we move to our permanent location at the school site in Southfork, and they will grow with our school as they continue at Father Leduc into Grade 7 the next year and Grade 8 the year after that.”
Malloy, who brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of inclusive education and counseling, received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a Master’s of Religious Education from Newman Theological College in Edmonton. She is a long-serving employee of STAR Catholic Schools, having previously worked at St. Anthony School in Drayton Valley, St. Benedict School and Notre Dame School in Leduc.
As plans are being made for next fall, Malloy said registrations are now being accepted for Father Leduc School, currently through the Notre Dame School office.
“We are excited about the enrollment for Father Leduc School. We encourage families to enroll their children early for Kindergarten to Grade 6,” said Malloy.
To register your child at Father Leduc School for the 2016/2017 school year in Kindergarten to Grade 6, call 780-986-9300.