Over the past few months, 10,000 students from across British Columbia competed, 240 made the provincial finals, and 69 students across BC took home top awards in this year’s pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire.
This year marked the 32nd anniversary of the Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon-sponsored Concours d’art oratoire. The provincial finals were hosted Saturday, May 2nd at SFU Surrey.
We are extremely proud of North Vancouver students for their incredible work, as they led the way in winning the top awards for this year’s Provincial French Public Speaking Competition!
2015 Provincial finalists from North Vancouver:
- Lewis Arnold, Grade 9 Immersion: “La domination ou la soumission? : L’homme vis-à-vis la nature” – École Handsworth Secondary
- Nia Wagner, Grade 7 Early Immersion: “L’influence d’Adolf Hiter” – École Larson Elementary
- Arman Hariri, Grade 6 Late Immersion: “Les enfants et l’avenir” – École Braemar Elementary
- Jack Wright, Grade 11 Immersion: “Les paradoxes” – École Handsworth Secondary
Provincial Winners from North Vancouver (see photos below):
- Genevieve McKay, Grade 8 Francophone: “Le travail des enfants” – École Handsworth Secondary (1st Place)
- Norah Goddard-Despot, Grade 8 Immersion: “La science derrière le cerveau adolescents” – École Handsworth Secondary (3rd Place)
- Matthew Wilson, Grade 10 Immersion: “L’importance des langues” École Handsworth Secondary (1st Place)
- Joshua Johnson, Grade 12 Early Immersion: “Le problème avec la démocratie au Canada” – École Argyle Secondary (3rd Place)
- Stefania Stirban, Grade 6 Early Immersion: “Une statue qui donne la liberté” – École Cleveland Elementary (1st Place)
- Kelsey Steffen, Grade 7 Late Immersion: “Joshua Tree” – École Boundary Elementary (2nd Place)
- Leila Kostiuk, Grade 9 Francophone: “Le gaélique écossais” – École Argyle Secondary (1st Place)
- Shana Edalat, Grade 10 Francophone: “Mon père” – École Handsworth Secondary (2nd Place)
Congratulations! Félicitations à vous tous! Chapeau!
Facilitatrice des programmes français, Centre des Services Éducatifs
District French Immersion/Core French Facilitator, Learning Services
North Vancouver School District #44
MORE CONCOURS LINKS
- CPF BC Yukon media release announcing North Vancouver finalists and winners
- Flickr album featuring photos of all medalists and scenes from the May 2 event at SFU Surrey
- Concours program featuring schedule and list of competitors
- List of all provincial winners
- District finals (Monday April 13, 2015, North Vancouver)
- National finals (1st-place winners in the Grade 12 category at the provincial level will now move on to the national competition on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Ottawa.)
ABOUT CONCOURS D’ART ORATOIRE
- Concours d’art oratoire is a pan-Canadian French public speaking competition – an estimated 85,000 students participate annually across Canada.
- Student participants choose, develop, and present a 3 – 5 minute speech, en français. Students are free to select a subject/theme that interests them.
- The provincial competition is open to all students, grades 6 through 12, who are learning French through programs such as: French Immersion, Core French, and the native Francophone School Board (SD93). For each grade there are the three categories.
- The competition typically progresses through the following stages: 1) Students participate in their local classroom 2) Top students move on to the school district competition 3) Top students move on to the provincial competition 4) Top students in grade 12 move on to the national competition.
- Concours is judged by French-speaking volunteers, i.e. University/College professors, teachers, native Francophones, and French immersion graduates. For the official rules of Concours d’art oratoire click here.