INVITE – French Immersion Program Review meeting, Sept 13


If you are a French Immersion or a former French Immersion parent in North Vancouver, please try to attend French Immersion Program Review meeting on September 13. It is very important that the District French Immersion Review Committee hears your views on the proposed recommendations for the FI program.

French Immersion students currently in Grades 6-11 and their parents, as well as North Vancouver School District staff are invited to attend:

Tuesday, September 13th
7 p.m. at the Education Services Centre
2121 Lonsdale Ave

More info

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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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

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

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

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: