Marcelle DeFreitas, who was appointed as the new president of Loyola High School this past April, has just unveiled what she plans to do in her mandate for the NDG-based school, which is about to mark its 125th anniversary.
Ms. DeFreitas outlined her intentions in a communique that was sent to members of the Loyola community. This includes exploring girls’ education by admitting girls into the Loyola student body for the very first time; an emphasis on French education; and dealing with the school’s aging athletics facility, in order to make it more modern and competitive. This new mandate for the school was formulated through the contributions by, and consultations with, a number of core groups, such as the active parent and alumni associations, the Loyola Foundation Board, the school’s faculty and staff, and other members of the Loyola community.
Although these strategic plans have not yet been presented to, or approved by, the Loyola Board of Governors and the Jesuits of Canada, Ms. DeFreitas realizes that the planning to implement what is outlined in her mandate will take a great deal of time. “We are committed to ensuring these plans consider the long-standing traditions that so many in our community value about our school, and integrate them in such a way that preserves and enriches Loyola’s heritage,” she wrote.
Ms. DeFreitas added that “we know that now more than ever, we need to extend our sights on a broader vision that will help provide a Loyola, Jesuit education to future generations. At this pivotal time in our history, our world and community need an educational experience for all young people that will transform minds, hearts and souls.”