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

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

CPF North Van French Film Festival 2016

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On Thursday, February 25, 2016, hundreds of French Immersion students, teachers and volunteers from participating North Vancouver schools converged on Landmark Cinemas Esplanade to watch one of four wonderful French films!

Presented by the North Vancouver chapter of Canadian Parents for French, this exciting annual event provides an opportunity for North Vancouver students to enrich their French-language studies and exposes them to French culture and French language use in a different context by viewing current, quality French films.


Astérix et Obélix : au service de sa majesté

Primary/Intermediate (K-5)
Led by Julius Caesar, Rome has just invaded Britain. Cordelia, the Queen of the Britons, sends her trusty officer Anticlimax to seek help in Gaul, in another little village famed for its dogged resistance to the Romans… Meanwhile, Asterix and Obelix have been entrusted with a delicate mission- to make a man of Justforkix, the Chief’s devil-may-care, nephew who thinks of nothing but girls and music. When Anticlimax describes the desperate situation facing his people, Asterix and Obelix accompany him home with Justforkix in tow. With moustaches, madness and a touch of romance, it’s Asterix & Obelix to the rescue in this rollicking cross-channel adventure!

Une vie de chat

Primary/Intermediate (Grades 3-7)
Zoe is a seven-year-old whose mother is a police officer, has a cat named Dino. Dino has a double life—by day, he stays with Zoe, at night, he works with a burglar named Nico. Zoe, who hasn’t spoken a word since her father was murdered by a gangster named Costa, has a nanny who takes care of her because her mother spends so much time on the job. Dino brings Zoe a bracelet that turns out to be part of a jewelry collection that was stolen. The little girl decides to follow Dino one night to find out where he goes and over the course of the night, she learns surprising things that could lead to her father’s murder being solved.

Noémie, le secret

Intermediate/Secondary Students (Grades 5-8)
Abandoned by her workaholic parents, Noémi, a girl of seven & three quarter years, spends most of her time on the floor above, with her guardian, Madame Lumbago. The old lady enjoys her company, especially since the death of her beloved husband a year ago. Noémi remembers a story he once told her about a treasure being hidden in the apartment. The girl decides to find the treasure with the help of Madame Lumbago and a classmate. What she discovers will change her life forever.

La Famille Bélier

Secondary Students (Grades 8-12)
In the Bélier family, sixteen-year-old Paula is an indispensable interpreter for her deaf parents and brother on a daily basis, especially in the running of the family farm. One day, a music teacher discovers her gift for singing and encourages Paula to participate in a prestigious singing contest in Paris, which will secure her a good career and a college degree. However, this decision would mean leaving her family and taking her first steps towards adulthood.

Questions about the CPF North Vancouver French Film Festival?
Please contact CPF North Vancouver: cpfnorthvan@gmail.com

“Carnaval” at École Braemar Elementary School

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Last year, École Braemar hosted its very own “French-style Winter Carnaval.” It was the first large-scale French event on the North Shore to include both French Immersion and English students. For its second year running, the entire school came together to celebrate bilingualism, learn about French Canadian culture, and the rich history of the Québec Winter “Carnaval.”

Québec’s winter carnival is one of the largest winter carnivals in the world. Lasting 2 weeks long, you can participate in parades, fireworks, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hockey, and watch ice carving, dog sled races, and canoe races on the ice of the semi-frozen Saint Laurence River. Students at Braemar participated in all the merriment of “Carnaval” including theme songs, bingo, crafts, and making “le tire” maple candy on the snow provided by Patrick Demers from the Maples’ Sugar Shack made possible by the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), for which we are most grateful.

Although it was overcast and raining, we still enjoyed the winter spirit by wearing toques, scarves, and with each student having the opportunity to make maple syrup candy on the snow. Children enjoyed learning theme songs like Chansons du Carnaval, Salut Bonhomme, Au temps du Carnaval, Bonnes Gens, Chantez Dansez. They could be heard singing down the halls and humming these songs out in the playground as they played.

Much preparation was done for the “Carnaval.” In the week prior, parents prepped craft materials, children learned new French vocabulary, carnaval music, and students in our grade 5 French Immersion class practiced speeches to deliver to each class the morning of Carnaval. Anika N and Olivia D welcomed students to the “Carnaval” festivities and presented a French/English Bingo over the PA system to easily include all classes. The first two winners received a maple candy treat and each student won a Braemar School pin designed by our local Canadian Parents for French (CPF) chapter, for which we are most grateful.

Grade 5 French Immersion students visited each classroom to share a small presentation on the “voyageur.” Voyageur is a French word for traveller. Most voyageurs were French-Canadian men who paddled canoes and delivered furs and trade goods for the fur trading companies. The “voyageur” dressed themselves with a shirt, red toque, a “ceinture fléchée,” and a pair of deer skin leggings. Grade 2s and up made a little toque trader, which represented the hat worn by the “voyageur” and the mascot of the “Carnaval:” the Bonhomme. The grade ones and Kinders made Bonhomme masks and enjoyed running around pretending they were the “Bonhomme Carnaval”.

The “Carnaval” was a huge success with positive feedback, from children, teachers, support staff, and volunteer parents. All the students enjoyed learning about the French/Canadian culture and participating in “Carnaval”, however, the maple syrup demonstration and candy making were undoubtedly the most impressive activity of the day. During this time in Quebec students would run home from school and go straight to the sugar shack. There they would be given a pail to bring out to the maple trees where they would exchange it for the full pail and return it to the sugar shack. It would take 40 pails of maple sap to make a pail of maple syrup. The children were paid with “le tire” the maple toffee candy. To make this delicious treat maple syrup is reduced and heated to 235 degrees Fahrenheit then poured on snow, rolled onto a popsicle stick, and then cooled before enjoying.

Our growing collection of activities and materials that we have created can be shared through CPF. Again, thank you to the PAC and CPF for making this event possible. We look forward to another exciting “Carnaval” at École Braemar Elementary School.