Sherwood Park, AB. — Representatives of the media, families and community members are invited to join staff and students at École Campbelltown to take part in its Winter Carnaval on March 9.

The Winter Carnival is an annual festival the school organizes to celebrate French-Canadian heritage. Through a host of activities students experience first-hand various francophone traditions. Some of this year’s highlights include a special visit from the school’s Bonhomme Carnaval mascot, how-to lessons on fastening an arrow sash and the always popular and delicious, Tire d’érable—hot maple syrup drizzled and hardened on snow.

“It’s an event inspired by the Carnaval de Quebec and our students look forward to it every year,” says Jessica Smith, the principal of École Campbelltown. “For us, it’s a fun and hands-on way to offer students an opportunity to celebrate French-Canadian heritage, its beautiful language and participate in a host of traditionally French activities.”

The school’s Winter Carnaval also overlaps with the 20th annual Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, a festival celebrated nationwide to honour the French language and francophone culture—taking place from March 1 to March 21. To mark the 20th anniversary, the Government of Alberta has raised the Franco-Alberta flag at the Alberta legislature grounds and declared March themois de la francophonie albertaine,” meaning month of the Alberta Francophonie. École Campbelltown has several additional events planned to coincide with Rendez-vous de la Francophonie such as a ceremonial ceremony on March 20, which is also International Francophonie Day. Later, on March 22 the school is hosting the Galala d’Edmonton 2018, a regional talent show featuring French songs and performances for students ages eight and up.

“What I like about Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is what we learn about French culture in Alberta and in Canada,” says Darion, a Grade 6 student at École Campbelltown. “It makes me proud to be able to speak French. It’s also really neat we have a Franco-Albertan flag.”

Representatives of the media are invited to join staff and students at École Campbelltown during its Winter Carnaval to learn more about the event and Rendez-vous de la Francophonie.

Event Details:
Date: March 9, 2018
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Location: École Campbelltown, 271 Conifer St., Sherwood Park


NOTE: Principals have the responsibility to limit media coverage only to students approved for interviews. Reporters attending the event are requested to receive permission from a school EIPS representative before interviewing or photographing students. Thank you for your co-operation, and for joining us.



For more information contact:
Jessica Smith, principal, École Campbelltown, 780-467-5143
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS, 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902