Communiqué - Establishing a school parliament at school is good. Holding the activity in the presence of the Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, Christine St-Pierre, is even better! This is the remarkable experience of the students of Gentilly Elementary School (Dorval), an event made concrete thanks to a simple request addressed to the National Assembly.
As part of an activity recreating the Quebec parliament at school, the two students sitting at the Ministry of Arts and Culture, Juliette Cusson and Julianne Madden, wondered about the function of minister. Helped by a teacher, Sophie Robitaille, the two student ministers wrote to their “counterpart” from Quebec, inviting him to visit their establishment. “To our happy surprise, Ms. St-Pierre accepted,” says Ms. Robitaille. For our students, this is a great way to get acquainted with the work of politicians. "
From parliament to the library
For the minister's visit, the school library took on the air of the National Assembly, while the 10 student ministers representing the second and third cycle classes, presented their “parliamentary work” in front of Ms. St- Rock. Premier Gabrielle Lair summed up her role as follows: “I guide all departments and give ideas. For their part, Allyson Michaud and Stéphanie Des Marais presented their projects, as Ministers of Health and Safety. “We believe in the importance of a good diet and the benefits of physical exercise,” they argued, before questioning Ms. St-Pierre about her sports habits. The Minister lent herself to the game, explaining that despite her very busy days, she reserved time to move every day. The young people obviously had a host of questions to formulate, in particular on how to transform an idea into a bill, on the workings of the Quebec parliament and on the daily work of a minister. Christine St-Pierre said she was delighted with the invitation: “You are curious, I hope you will continue to take an interest in politics. Also participating in the event: Shai-Lyne Cooney and Allyssa Réniva (Sports and Leisure); Élizabeth Marcoux-Bouchard and Gabriel Grenier-Araujo (Youth) and Michel Lecavalier (Environment).
Located in Dorval, Gentilly Elementary School has 606 students, from preschool to cycle 3. Its educational project revolves around three main orientations: a varied and high-quality educational organization, supervision allowing the development and maintenance of the desire to learn, as well as school-family communication.