“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.

North Vancouver students win top awards at Provincial Concours d’art oratoire!

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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!

Stéphanie Weller
Facilitatrice des programmes français, Centre des Services Éducatifs
District French Immersion/Core French Facilitator, Learning Services
North Vancouver School District #44


MORE CONCOURS LINKS


1st - 8e francophone - Le travail des enfants
1st – 8e francophone – Le travail des enfants
3rd - 8e immersion - La science derrière le cerveau adolescent
3rd – 8e immersion – La science derrière le cerveau adolescent
1st - 10e immersion - L'importance des langues
1st – 10e immersion – L’importance des langues
3rd - 12e immersion précoce - Le problème avec la démocratie au Canada
3rd – 12e immersion précoce – Le problème avec la démocratie au Canada
1st - 6e immersion précoce - Une statue qui donne la liberté
1st – 6e immersion précoce – Une statue qui donne la liberté
2nd - 7e immersion tardive - Joshua Tree
2nd – 7e immersion tardive – Joshua Tree
1st - 9e Francophone - Le gaélique écossais
1st – 9e Francophone – Le gaélique écossais
2nd - 10e Francophone - Mon père
2nd – 10e Francophone – Mon père

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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.

Concours d’art oratoire: North Vancouver School District Finals, April 13, 2015

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Concours d’art oratoire is a long-standing tradition in the North Vancouver school district. Each April, French Immersion, FSL and Francophone students from across North Vancouver participate in the North Vancouver School District Concours d’art oratoire finals, delivering the speech that won them first prize at their schools.

This year’s District finals took place on Monday, April 13 at the Education Services Centre.

Please see below for more information about the event, and the list of 2015 District winners!


EW logo_colour_RThe North Vancouver Chapter of Canadian Parents for French would like to thank Everything Wine (Marine Drive location) for its generous support of Concours d’art oratoire!  www.everythingwine.ca


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From the Superintendent’s Blog:

On Monday April 13, 2015 the Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon Branch and the North Vancouver School District 44 hosted the annual district finals for the French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire 2015. Students in grades 6 through 12, from across the school district, came to the Education Services Centre and delivered the speech that won them first prize at their school. The event was very well attended and the large audience consisted of judges, family members, school principals, the North Shore News, friends, and fellow students. The level and the quality of French presented was impressive and blew everyone away. It was truly inspiring to see the perseverance, hard work and passion of every finalist shine through. It was a real celebration of French! John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools

2015 North Vancouver School District winners

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ELEMENTARY:

  • Immersion tardive 6e: Arman Hariri (Braemar)
  • Immersion précoce 6e: Stefania Stirban (Cleveland)
  • Immersion tardive 7e: Kelsey Steffen (Boundary)
  • Immersion précoce 7e: Nia Wagner (Larson)
  • Francophone 7e: Gabrielle Webb (Braemar)

SECONDARY:

  • Immersion 8e: Nora Godard-Despot (Handsworth)
  • Francophone 8e: Genevieve McKay (Handsworth)
  • Immersion 9e: Lewis Arnold (Handsworth)
  • Francophone 9e: Lelia Kostiuk (Argyle)
  • Immersion 10e: Matthew Wilson (Handsworth)
  • Francophone 10e: Shana Edalat (Handsworth)
  • Immersion 11e: Jack Wright (Handsworth)
  • Immersion 12e: Joshua Johnson (Argyle)

 In the News!

An item about the North Vancouver School District Concours d’art oratoire Finals appeared in the Wednesday April 22 issue of the North Shore News! Click thumbnail below to view a larger image.

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Provincial Finals

10,000 students from across British Columbia competed in the 2015 Concours d’art oratoire, and our 13 finalists joined the 240 students that made the provincial finals at SFU – Surrey Campus. We are extremely proud of our students for their incredible work, as North Vancouver 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:

  • 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)

Visit http://bc-yk.cpf.ca/actvities/youth-activities/concours-dart-oratoire/ for the full list of winners.

Congratulations! Félicitations à vous tous! Chapeau!

Stéphanie Weller
Facilitatrice des programmes français, Centre des Services Éducatifs
District French Immersion/Core French Facilitator, Learning Services
North Vancouver School District #44

2016 District Quebec Trip: Info Meeting May 20

Information Meeting on May 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

2015 Quebec Trip Parents and students interested in learning more about the 2016 District Quebec Trip are invited to attend an information meeting on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Education Services Centre, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, in the Mountain View Room on the 5th floor.


More info from the NVSD website:

In May 2016, the North Vancouver School District will offer Grade 8 French Immersion students from across the District the opportunity to travel to Quebec City for a unique educational experience. This trip, arranged in collaboration with Auberge du Mont, an organization specializing in educational programs for French Immersion students, is rich in linguistic, historical, and cultural experiences.  The District French Immersion trip next year will take place from May 22, 2016 to May 28, 2016.

The 2016 District Quebec Trip will take Grade 8 French Immersion students to the heart of French-Canadian culture.  Students will be accommodated in a mountain resort just a short drive from Old Quebec, and supervised by North Vancouver School District employees and Auberge du Mont staff members.  There will be French Canadian guides for all planned activities who will converse with students exclusively in French. Parents and students interested in learning more about the 2016 District Quebec Trip are invited to attend an information meeting on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Education Services Centre, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, in the Mountain View Room on the 5th floor.  The meeting will outline a trip itinerary and provide details on trip costs, supervision, and the expectations of students prior to and during the trip.  Parents and students wishing to attend this information meeting should register with Kathleen MacIver at kmaciver@sd44.ca.  Please note that this trip will be limited to 60 students; registration will be done on a first-come, first-served basis beginning May 25, 2015.  (Registrations will not be processed at the May 20th parent meeting.) This unique travel experience will provide Grade 8 French Immersion students with valuable cultural connections to French Canada, and many authentic opportunities to practise their French conversational skills.  We believe that the 2016 District Quebec Trip will excite and engage students in their French studies as they continue in the Secondary French Immersion program.  We hope that you will consider this educational opportunity for your child. A print copy of this information is available here. Please note: The District Quebec Trip is not required as part of the mandated French Immersion program, but is a valuable enrichment opportunity. The Application Package will be posted here following the meeting on May 20, 2015. Questions? Please e-mail: Stéphanie Weller Facilitatrice des programmes français, Centre des Services Éducatifs District French Immersion, Core French Facilitator, Learning Services E-mail sweller@sd44.ca Please pre-register for the Information Meeting on May 20, 2015. E-mail kmaciver@sd44.ca

Late French Immersion Parent and Student Information Event, Wed Jan 21

The Late French Immersion program is designed for non-French speaking students. After completing their Grade 6 and 7 years, Late French Immersion students will continue their bilingual program at a secondary French Immersion school, with their peers from the Early French Immersion program.


An information meeting for interested Grade 5 students and their parents will be held on:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
7:00 pm
Education Services Centre, Mountain View Room
2121 Lonsdale Avenue [Map]


concours_nv_bannerRepresentatives from CPF North Vancouver will be on hand to answer questions about CPF and French Immersion resources – please stop by their booth and say hello!