North Vancouver School District students win top awards at Provincial French Public-Speaking Competition!

10,000 students from across British Columbia competed, 264 made the provincial finals, and 8 students from North Vancouver took home top awards in this year’s pan-provincial French public-speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire, Saturday, May 6th at SFU Surrey.

Click link below for list of North Vancouver winners and their photos:

“Through participation in Concours, students develop confidence and improve their French but as well their skills in time management, listening and critical thinking. Ultimately they become more effective as communicators, capable of inspiring others,” said Diane Tijman, President of Canadian Parents for French – BC & Yukon. “We are so proud of all our Concours participants. Bravo à vous tous et toutes pour votre belle participation!” she added.

Bonne chance to Matthew Wilson who will be going on to represent BC in the upcoming National Concours d’art oratoire competition for senior secondary students in Ottawa-Gatineau, Saturday June 3rd, 2017!

Find out more about Concours d’art oratoire here:


Concours d’art oratoire 2017

On April 11, 2017, North Vancouver students took to the podium to demonstrate their French language skills as part of the annual Concours d’art oratoire, hosted by the North Vancouver School District and the North Vancouver chapter of Canadian Parents for French. Every year, students from throughout the school district take part in this well recognized French public speaking competition. Students hone their oral French and public speaking skills to compete first at the school level and then, for the winners from the schools, at the district finals. District level winners will then earn a spot to compete at provincials (May 6, 2017 in Surrey, BC). Secondary level students who win top spots at Provincials will travel to the national capital area to compete for scholarships and other prizes in the CPF’s National Concours competition on June 3 in Gatineau, Quebec.

2017 North Vancouver School District finalists:
The complete list of finalists who moved onto Provincials can be found here.

Félicitations to all the competitors and un grand merci to all the parents, NVSD teachers, CPF volunteers and sponsors who help make Concours a very special event every year!

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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