Concours d’art oratoire 2016

On April 13th & 14th, 2016 Canadian Parents for French North Vancouver and the North Vancouver School District will host the annual District finals for the French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire.


The Concours d’art oratoire is a long-standing CPF tradition in the North Vancouver School District. At the District finals (April 13-14, 2016), students in grades 6 through 12 from across the school district, will deliver the speech that won them first prize at their school. The winners from the District finals will then advance to the Provincial finals at SFU, Surrey Campus on May 7th. Senior high school students will then have a chance to attend the National finals in Gatineau, Québec on May 28th. The CPF Concours d’art oratoire offers hundreds of prizes to participants: university scholarships, trips to Ottawa, books, medals, merchandise, cash and more.

Concours d’art oratoire timeline

From February to April, Grade 6 to 12 teachers hold class competitions with all students participating if desired. Many teachers make Concours part of the curriculum.

Winners from the school competitions will participate in his year’s District finals, which will take place over two days: April 13th and 14th, 2016 at the Education Services Centre, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue.

Winners for each grade at the District level will proceed to the Provincial competition which takes place on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at SFU Surrey Campus. Grade 12 winners will advance to the National Final, held in Gatineau, QC on May 28, 2016.

On Saturday, May 28, 2016, Canadian Parents for French will host the 14th annual public speaking competition, the National Concours d’art oratoire 2016, in Gatineau, Quebec. The competition brings together senior high school students from across Canada who will deliver the speech that won them first prize at the school, regional, and provincial/territorial levels.

2015 North Vancouver Provincial Finalists & Winners
Click here to read CPF BC & Yukon’s press release, listing all the North Vancouver finalists and winners

Concours FAQs
Click here to view CPF BC/Yukon’s FAQ page

Photos from 2015 Provincial Competition
240 students converged on SFU Surrey on May 2nd, 2015 to compete in the provincial Concours d’art oratoire competition. This Flickr album features the winners from each category.

Find out more about the Concours experience in this video, made at Provincial Concours 2013

Provincial Concours d’art oratoire 2016: North Vancouver finalists & winners


North Vancouver Students Win Top Awards At Provincial French Public Speaking Competition

Vancouver — 10,000 students from across British Columbia competed, 240 made the provincial finals, and three students from North Vancouver took home top awards in this year’s pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire.

“In addition to the cultural and language benefits, Concours d’art oratoire helps students develop their creative and public speaking abilities, as well as self-confidence,” said Patti Holm, President of Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon.

“It’s an incredible feat to make it to the Provincial finals — taking home a medal is a real achievement. We congratulate everyone who participated; they are all winners. Félicitations!” added Concours d’art oratoire chief judge, Dr. Renée Hamilton-Clark.

This year marked the 33rd anniversary of the Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon sponsored Concours d’art oratoire. The provincial finals were hosted Saturday, May 7th at SFU Surrey.

Read CPF British Columbia & Yukon’s full Media Release for SD44 here.

2016 Provincial finalists from North Vancouver:

  • Hannah Fitzpatrick – Grade 6 Francophone – “Le Pont de la confederation” – Cleveland Elementary
  • Claire Ambrozic – Grade 6 Early Immersion – “Au revoir Peter Rabbit : le développement au village Edgemont – Cleveland Elementary
  • Lewis Arnold – Grade 10 Immersion – “Au secours, le concours!” – Handsworth Secondary
  • Max Richards – Grade 8 Francophone – “L’Évolution de l’automobile” – Argyle Secondary
  • Kian Vahidi – Grade 6 Late Immersion – “Les Droits des enfants” – Braemar School
  • Stefania Stirban – Grade 7 Early Immersion – “Le Rédempteur” – Cleveland Elementary
  • Nora Goddard-Despot – Grade 9 Immersion – “Est-ce que les enfants devraient se spécialiser dans un sport?” – Handsworth Secondary

Provincial Winners from North Vancouver:

26801010530_8563dc95e1_zNia Wagner 
Grade 8 Immersion
“La Condemnation arbitraire”
Handsworth Secondary

1st Place

CPF BC-YK President Patti Holm (left)


Matthew Wilson 
Grade 11 Immersion
“La Motivation”  Handsworth Secondary

1st Place

CPF BC-YK President Patti Holm (left)

Aelicia Abdurahman Schmitt 
Grade 11/12 Francophone
“La Réalité n’est qu’une perception”
Handsworth Secondary

3rd Place

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Concours d’art oratoire 2016: North Vancouver District Finals

Elementary Concours winners (April 13, 2016)
Secondary Concours winners (April 13, 2016)

On April 13th & 14th, 2016 Canadian Parents for French North Vancouver and the North Vancouver School District hosted the annual District finals for the French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire.


The district finals were attended by 38 students from 10 schools and parents, teachers, administrators, SD44 staff, community judges and CPF North Van volunteers over a two-day period.  District Finals are part of CPF’s national Concours event that involves over 80,000 children from across the country. Winners from the district competition will go on to compete with students from across BC in the Provincial Concours d’art oratoire held at SFU Surrey Campus on Saturday May 7th 2016. Grade 12 provincial winners have the opportunity to go on to travel to the National Concours (in Gatineau, Québec on May 28, 2016)  to compete for university scholarships and many other prizes.

We are proud of the effort and dedication of all students who competed in the district finals.  The speeches were very well-written and well-presented to an audience of the students’ peers, teachers and parents, in the lovely setting of the Oceanview Room at the Education Services Centre. Many thanks to NVSD44 for once again hosting this wonderful event.

“I was blown away, once again, by the powerful speeches the students delivered. Not only did their French language skills shine, but they spoke to issues that are really important to them. They were able to convey their passions while utilizing their French,” said Emina Dervisevic, president, North Vancouver chapter of Canadian Parents for French.

  • District Finalists 2016
    Click here for the list of District Finalists
  • Superintendent John Lewis’s blog
    Click here to read post provided by Dr. Joanne Robertson, Director of Instruction, Learning Services, North Vancouver School District


The North Vancouver Chapter of Canadian Parents for French would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous support of the Concours d’art oratoire:

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superstoreReal Canadian Superstore, 333 Seymour Drive

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École Boundary Elementary & CPF’s 2nd Annual Bingo Night

BoundaryBingo2016_screenshotIn collaboration with North Vancouver CPF Branch, École Boundary Elementary hosted its second annual French Bingo Night this past Spring! With a fresh twist on an old fashioned game, École Boundary Elementary is building community while promoting Canada’s two official languages – Français et Anglais !

On Thursday, April 28th, École Boundary Elementary opened its doors to students in Grades 4 through 7 and their families for an evening of Bingo en Français! The French Team at École Boundary Elementary see this event as being instrumental in developing enthusiasm and engagement for students studying French in both Core and Late French Immersion programs at the school. A unique opportunity to invite community members, incoming Grade 6 Late French Immersion students for the 2016/2017 year and families of current École Boundary Elementary students to the school. This Bingo evening has become apart of our school culture in only two years!

This event bring everyone together – teachers and students promoting it enthusiastically; the school’s Canadian Parents for French Representative working tirelessly to make sure it all came together; Parents Advisory Council putting together a food and drinks for the concession along with the many schools who generously loaned tables and chairs in order to make the event successful!

As a fundraiser, the event raised $ 945 for the Core and Late French Immersion programs at École Boundary Elementary. All the behind-the-scenes planning and preparation made for a smooth and successful evening.

Call Out to Parents and Students: Share Your Thoughts on North Vancouver’s French Immersion Program

If you are a parent of a child enrolled in a French Immersion program in North Vancouver, you have recently received an email through School Connect asking you and your child to complete a survey (two different surveys) about the French Immersion program. And if you are anything like me, you would have seen the email, briefly scanned it, and ignored it, or perhaps thought you would fill it out later, but that “later” would never come because you either don’t have the time or can’t find the survey link.

With this blog post, I would like to bring your attention to this survey, kindly ask you fill it out, and share it with as many French Immersion parents or former French Immersion parents as possible. The input we receive via the survey will inform and potentially shape the French Immersion programming in the future, and provide new opportunities for your children and new generations of French Immersion students in North Vancouver.

So, what is the survey all about, and who created this survey?

The North Vancouver School District is conducting a review of the District’s French Immersion Program.  This review will focus on:

(1)  Exploring opportunities for increasing accessibility to the Early French Immersion program at the elementary entry points (K/1) (Do we need more French Immersion classes? Do we need more French Immersion programs at different schools? Do we need a single-track French Immersion school?)
(2)  Enhancing flexibility and choice in programming at the three secondary French Immersion sites
(Do we need more variety in terms of mandatory French subjects in secondary schools?).

The North Vancouver School District has set up a French Immersion Review Committee, and as president of Canadian Parents of French, I have an opportunity to sit on this Committee. Considering that I am the only parent representative regularly sitting and contributing to the Committee’s work, it is greatly important that parents from across North Vancouver (as well as students and teachers) know about this opportunity to share their thoughts early in the review process. The District and the Committee are committed to engaging in meaningful consultation with all stakeholder groups (staff, students, parents) to inform the review process and the final recommendations that the Committee will submit to the Board of Education.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey, ask your children to complete the survey, and share the survey with other parents.

It would also be greatly valuable to receive input from parents who used to have children in French Immersion, but no longer do so. Feedback from these parents would give us a better idea as to why children leave French Immersion, and how to prevent French Immersion attrition in the future.

The deadline to fill out the survey is April 1, 2016.

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to the questions, and share the survey further. There are only 10 questions, so it will take you 5 minutes to complete it. If you have any questions about the review process or the Committee’s work, please feel free to contact me at emina@shaw.ca.

The results of the surveys, which will be posted to the District website, will help inform the Committee’s work in the planning stages, and the input you provide will be reviewed by the Committee members after the Spring Break.


Emina Dervisevic
President, Canadian Parents for French, North Vancouver Chapter