The number of students attending classes within the Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division is up this year, according to Gwen Keith, who is the division's new director of education.
Holy Family's schools in Estevan are near status quo levels for enrolments compared to last year, she said. There were 286 students, including pre-Kindergarten pupils, at Sacred Heart School as of the first day of school.
And there were 228 pupils, including pre-Kindergarten, at St. Mary's School.
Last year Sacred Heart and St. Mary's had 284 and 217, respectively, on the first day of school
The total number of students in the division, as of September 3, was 1,171, which is up by 46 from a year earlier.
Keith said an enrolment increase is to be expected as the southeast region continues to grow. Holy Family also has schools in Weyburn, Radville and Wilcox.
A final number for enrolments will be released at the end of the month.
Keith said Holy Family has been emphasizing the division's strengths among its students and staff, and the division is excited to embrace the Ministry of Education's student-first initiative.
"It will have a heavy, heavy emphasis on individual children and their success," said Keith.
Holy Family looks forward to doing its share of work to assist with student progress for its pupils, and meeting targets for education in the provincial government's growth plan.
Keith said she is enjoying her duties as the director of education thus far. Holy Family is an excellent place to be.
"I love this kind of role, the ability to serve and to be respectfully understanding of the context of this community, and to work with the strengths of our school base, our parent councils and our board," said Keith.
She has an extensive background in Catholic education, as she was a CEO with Regina's Catholic school system for 14 years, and most recently, she spent three years developing Mother Theresa Middle School, which is a school of innovation in north-central Regina. She has also worked in Yellowknife as a CEO in education.