Harmony & Harry J. Clarke, back-to-school school updates

Harmony & Harry J. Clarke, back-to-school school updates
Posted on 08/26/2014

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is excited about the facility renewal advancements being made to create outstanding learning environments at two elementary schools.

The following provides an update of two schools as of August 26, 2014. This page will be updated as required.


The school will not be open for students on Tuesday, September 2. The first day for students will be Monday, September 8, 2014.

  • The school is very close to being ready. Construction is progressing and the site is busy with workers addressing a number of last-minute construction tasks.
  • The first day of school for students will be Monday, September 8, 2014, with the school day starting at 9:25 a.m. and ending at 3:45 p.m.
  • The school will be closed to students from September 2 - 5, 2014. Parents will need to make arrangements for their children during the day.
  • Two community will be offering limited access to day programs. Both are for Kindergarten to Grade 8, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (September 2 - 5). City of Belleville Recreation, Culture and Community Services and YMCA of Central East Ontario (Belleville)
  • During the week of September 2, board and school staff will be on-site to move in and prepare the school to welcome students, while some work continues.
  • During the week of August 26, the school administrators and secretaries will be at Foxboro Public School, 658 Ashley Street, Foxboro, to accept new registrations and meet with parents and interested staff, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • A voicemail message is being sent to students' homes this afternoon.
  • For any inquiries, please use the phone number or email address shown below.

Principal: Louise Gunning
Vice-principal: Jennifer Hawkins
P: 613.962.7867
E: [email protected]


The school will be open for the first day of school.

  • On Tuesday, September 2, the first day of school, students in the Primary grades who used to go to the Sir Winston Churchill site will go to Harry J. Clarke Public School.
  • Classrooms in the new addition will be ready for students.
  • The school day will begin at 9:15 a.m. and end at 3:35 p.m.
  • For any inquiries, please use the phone number or email address shown below.

Principal: Marie Mitchell
Vice-principal: Jennifer Birt
P: 613.969.0140
E: [email protected]

According to Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, "Our new Harmony Public School is very close to being ready. It will be an outstanding learning facility. The four-day delay is to allow for the resolution of several construction tasks that have arisen in recent days, for clean-up work to be done and for the learning environment to be set up and ready for students.

While I acknowledge the challenge that a delay in the start of school will cause families and community partners, I want to assure our school community that plans are in place to provide safe, welcoming learning and working environments on September 8. We are providing this information so that families can make alternative plans for the first week of school," stated Savery-Whiteway.

Student and staff safety and well-being are our top priorities. We encourage you to contact the principal with any follow-up inquiries.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to enhance the learning and working environments in these schools.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]