Language Matters – 21 October

A tribute to languages

Assembly1This week’s assembly was dedicated in most part to a celebration of languages to recognise and showcase some of the achievements of our language students this year. Mme Renée’s Year 12 French class treated us with a beautiful rendition of ‘Je serai là’ by Teri Moïse followed by a touching recital of Victor Hugo’s poem  ‘Demain dès l’aube’ performed by Mairaed Roche. Mairaed had recited this poem in the Alliance Française poetry competition and came third in her category to two native French speaking students.

Assembly2The assembly also gave us the opportunity to acknowledge the other entrants of whom there was record number this year; Mirna Meleke, Thomas White, Jessamine O’Carroll, Rebecca Walters, Téa Carlson-Wareham. A special mention to Jasmine Regan Feldman whose excellent performance awarded her a highly commended position in her category.




Señora Jimenez’s Year 12 class entertained us with a final act as they showed us their moves to a popular Spanish song, ‘Sofia’, highlighting the importance of the fiesta in Spain. This was a particularly fitting way to pay tribute to all of the Year 12 students in their final assembly. May they continue to embrace the love of languages as they discover the world ahead of them.


Opportunities for Language students

Short film competition

Each year during the third week of March, Alliance Française runs a Short Film competition entitled  “dis-moi dix mots” for Year 11 and Year 12 students – Closing date is 24 Feb. 2017. This is to celebrate and promote the International Day of la Francophonie and gathers lovers of the French language all around the world. On this occasion 10 words linked to the same topic are chosen for everyone to engage with. The words chosen for the 2017 edition show how French adapts to constantly changing technologies and digital behaviours. Participants are invited to create a 1 to 3 minute short film inspired by one of the following 10 French words; avartar, canular, émoticône, favori/ite, nomade, nuage, télésnober, pirate, fureteur/euse, héberger.

All information is available online. If interested please register at the following link:

Cost is free and prizes consist of cinema tickets to the French Film Festival 2017.

Bonne chance

Institute of Modern Language Summer School Programs

University of Queensland run language learning enrichment programs for students in Year 11 and Year 12 from Mon 9th-13th January 2017. These courses cater for students who wish to enrich their knowledge of the language and culture and run by native speakers. Languages offered include French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Mandarin. To register, complete the enrolment form online

Oxbridge Academic Language Programs

Oxbridge Academic Programs offer intellectually adventurous high school students to summer study programs Spain and France (July/ August 2017). Their programs offer intense language classes at all levels, and are conducted in Barcelona and Salamanca in Spain, and Paris and Montpellier in France. For more information refer to

Study Tours

Final preparations for the Study Tours to Spain and France in Easter next year are well under way. Students have been reminded that all documentation including medical, code of conduct, travel insurance are due and need to be handed into Client Services as soon as possible. Similarly, could you please forward a scanned copy of the details page of a current passport (must be valid until at least 6 months after they are due to return) to