Celebrating French education in schools

Parlez-vous français? Your answer may be, “un petit peu” but for the French Immersion students in the Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division, the answer is “oui!”. The French Immersion students from Sacred Heart High School and St Michael’s school participated in several activities to celebrate French-Second-Language Education Week in Saskatchewan.

Throughout the week several activities were planned to promote and celebrate speaking French. Two parent volunteers, Chad McDowell and Stan Reed, built an ice sculpture in front of St Michael’s school where French classes could be found posing in front throughout the week.

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This years theme was “Learn French… feed your brain!/Apprenez le français… nourissez votre cerveau!”. Both schools ran a social media campaign to educate the public on why learning French can feed your brain. To accompany this both schools ran escape rooms, poster contests and literacy activities to promote the theme.

Wednesday February 6th, St Michael’s school was filled with laughter as the Sacred Heart French Immersion students facilitated activities they had planned for the younger students. These activities promoted the French Canadian culture along with speaking French. Students could be found playing board games, reading together, participating in improvisation activities and singing, all in French. A highlight for most students was learning how to use the Omnikin ball. The older students learned how to play the traditional French Canadian game called Kinball. The younger students used the ball to do stations around the gym. To finish the week off, St Michael’s had planned to host a French carnival which was postponed due to weather.

The teachers at both schools are very proud of their students for taking on the challenge of learning a new language and look forward to learning with them for the rest of the year.

Submitted by Susan Barton

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