Concours 2019 Grand Winner!

Congratulations to this year’s CPF Concours Coast Mountains School District winner!  Elysium Cleveland, representing Grade 9 French Immersion from Terrace (Skeena Middle School), won this year’s grand prize with her speech on “Dendoctrone du pin ponderosa”.

Elysium now can attend this year’s provincial Concours d’art oratoire held at Simon Fraser University on May 04, 2019, to compete in a one day event in her category. Congratulations Elysium!  Good luck at Provincials!

CPF’s Concours d’art oratoire is Canada’s largest, annual French-language public-speaking competition, involving close to 10,000 students every year, and thousands of dollars worth of prizes. The aim of this public speaking contest is to stimulate the interest of students learning French, to improve their speaking skills, and to give them experience presenting in public.

This event is organized by Canadian Parents for French (CPF), who has worked together with parents and school staff since 1983 to organize school, district and provincial-level competitions. Concours is open to French Second Language (FSL) and Francophone students from grades 6 through 12 who are studying Core (Basic) or Intensive French, French immersion (Early or Late), or studying in a BC Francophone school (Conseil scolaire francophone).

Thousands of students compete at the school and district levels, and last year, almost 300 winners traveled to the new Surrey campus of Simon Fraser University for the provincial finals where they competed in a one-day event in their specific category. First place winners in grade 12 then went on to compete at the national finals in Gatineau, Quebec, across from Ottawa. This year the national finals will again take place in Gatineau.

The competition progresses through the following stages:

  1. Students participate in their local classrooms
  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

Different categories are set out for students in French Immersion, Core French, and Francophone students. The speeches are judged by French-speaking volunteers: from university and college professors, to teachers and native Francophones, and even French immersion graduates, many of whom have themselves competed in Concours.

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Concours 2019 Winners!

Congratulations to all the children who participated in this year’s Coast Mountains School District Concours d’art oratorie held on March 08, 2019!  All of our French Immersion and Francophone students worked hard and presented fantastic speeches on topics of their choice.

Thank you as well to the volunteers who helped organize the event, our sponsors, and our judges. CPF Terrace would not be able to have hosted such an event without the help from everyone involved.

Below are the winners in each category for Concours 2019, SD #82:

Concours 2019 winners 2
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French Film Festival!

Come out and enjoy a great Canadian French Film, hosted by our chapter.  Admission is free, and we will be offering free popcorn as well.   It’s a great way to kick off Spring Break!  Swing by Tillicum Twin Theatres for a 100pm showing of Monsieur Lazhar!


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Open House February 13th at Ecole Jack Cook !



Come visit Ecole Jack Cook on February 13th!  If you are interested in an education for your child at a francophone school, or know of someone else who may be interested, swing by tomorrow!
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Celebrating 50 years!

This School year celebrates the 50th year of French Immersion in BC!

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Save the Date! Concours 2019!

CPF Terrace hosts the SD 82 Regional Concours d’art Oratoire Competition, March 9, 2019. We welcome  French Immersion students from Kitimat, Hazelton and our Francophone community for some friendly competition! We look forward to hearing their prepared speeches and learning about their chosen topics. Bonne chance everyone!

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School Trustee candidates weigh in on FI



Peter Lambright

CPF Parent Peter Lambright is running for school trustee in the upcoming election October 20th in Terrace.

“As a Canadian with bilingual children, I
deeply value French language and culture.
Supporting a successful French Immersion
program benefits all citizens served by the
Coast Mountains School District”.


Margaret Warcup

My support for sustaining the French Immersion Program started after Canada enacted the Official Languages Act.  Our School District has now provided French immersion for over thirty years. 

There are challenges to sustaining and growing the French immersion programs. I am committed to supporting continued dialogue and effective collaboration amongst stakeholders to address the barriers in the effectiveness and viability of our immersion programs.

Working with parents, educators and students we must find solutions for the following issues:

  • Having an adequate supply of qualified teachers.
  • Addressing the attrition rates that occur particularly after grade 8.
  • Addressing the choice of courses and scheduling challenges that occurs in the later grades.
  • Address how to increase  enrollment of students in the French Immersion program.
  • Continue to address accessing sufficient funding including the Federal support for immersion programs.

Our District has active leadership in Canadian Parents for French and this group is committed to  maintaining and enriching the existing programs.  I welcome working with them and others to find solutions to the current barriers identified for the immersion program. 

Sandy Watson (Thornhill)

I believe that language programs in our schools are important. Our district offers K-12 French Immersion in 3 of our areas – Kitimat, Hazelton and Terrace. French Immersion is a program of choice and like any program of choice, there are challenges. Our district has had struggles with having an adequate supply of qualified French Immersion teachers.

There are struggles with attrition; particularly after Gr 6. French Immersion students have more time tabling issues in the higher grades and of course there is always the issue of sufficient funding. I am committed to working with parents, students and educators to find creative ways to address the challenges facing French Immersion programming. I am hopeful that open dialogue and partnership with all of the stakeholders will result in a program that is student focussed, robust and sustainable.

Art Erasmus

Canada has two official languages – English and French with the latter being optional for students to enrol in.  Now we have a variety of first nations languages becoming more and more prevalent, giving students (and their families) other choices to learn something of their heritage.  We will see how that will fit into the curriculum in the coming school years.  Students will make their choices with the help of their  parents and the school depending in its population.

Lorrie Gowen

My name is Lorrie Gowen, and I have lived in Gossen sub-division for 26 years, moving here from Calgary where I worked at SAIT Polytechnic.  I have been an employee of Coast Mountain College (nee: Northwest Community College) since 1994 and am currently Dean of Trades and Workforce Training.  

The purpose of our education system, both K-12 and Post-Secondary is to give students the skills needed to be whatever they want to be; be it Plumber, Doctor, Graphic Artist, or Network Administrator.  I am running for position of Trustee for Thornhill (Area 3) with Coast Mountains Board of Education.

I want to thank you for this opportunity to write about my views on French Education in the District.   A recent research study found that 8.8% of Canadian job postings require candidates to be fluent in both official languages.  The stats also that show men who speak both languages earn 3.8% more than those speaking only one language, women who are bilingual earn on average 6.6% higher wages.  In this highly competitive job market, one has to support parents who have made the decision to send their children to French Immersion schools.      

Having said that, whether students are in English or French schools, it will be my job as trustee to ask the questions on how we are giving students the skills needed to be successful in employment.  Those being communication, critical thinking, teamwork, adaptability, initiative, reliability, ongoing learning & development, leadership, organization, and technology.  How are teachers integrating these skills into their lessons?  I will also be looking at how we are adapting Work Integrated Learning (WIL) into our classrooms.  Do all students have an opportunity to participate in experiential, place-based learning?  How are we connecting schools to their community?  

Large topics for sure, but one I feel I am ready and able to tackle.  I look forward to having the opportunity to represent you as Trustee for the next four years.

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French Immersion sets new enrolment record in British Columbia

Vancouver, BC – According to a report released today, more students in British Columbia are participating in French immersion than ever before. 

The report showed that province-wide, French immersion enrolment has been increasing for 20 consecutive years. As a result of the booming popularity of this well-established program, districts around the province are scrambling to find enough qualified teachers and teaching assistants.

*As of the 2017-2018 school year, 53,487 students were enrolled in French immersion across BC, or 9.5% of the entire student body.

BC Total Enrolment Compared to French Immersion Enrolment

Source: Ministry of Education – Province of British Columbia

“French immersion is a well-tested and well-established program delivery model,” said Diane Tijman, president of Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon.

“It is designed to help students become functionally bilingual by the time they graduate. It’s a powerful tool in your toolbox, and graduates can use it in many different ways.”

Since the first class opened in St. Lambert, Quebec in 1965, over one million Canadians have benefited from the program.

According to Stats Canada, Canadians who speak both French and English earn, on average, 10% more, and have a lower unemployment rate, compared to Canadians who only speak one of our two Official Languages.

As well, there are cognitive developmental benefits of learning an additional language, such as: stronger listening skills, improved focus and concentration, increased ability to understand complex problems and higher tolerance, insight and understanding of other cultures.

Glyn Lewis, Executive Director
Canadian Parents for French BC & YK
778.329.9115 (ext 316)

Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon Branch
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Free Family Skate and Membership Drive!

Join CPF parents and families for a one hour free skate followed by refreshments and activities!

Fantastic Door Prizes for New Member Sign ups and renewals!

Helmets are required!

When:  Sunday, September 30th 12:45pm-2:25pm

Where:Terrace Sportsplex


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CPF and VSB on Teacher shortage

Advocacy group wants school board action as Vancouver struggles to find French teachers.


Posted Jan 8, 2018 7:55 pm PST

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A French language advocacy group says Vancouver School Board trustees are failing in their commitment to reverse recent cuts.

The French Immersion program in Vancouver was cut back last spring, but at the fall election, board trustees said they would reverse the cuts as soon as possible.

Glyn Lewis with Canadian Parents for French BC and Yukon says that hasn’t happened, and the group has written an open letter to trustees.

“There have been no initiatives to reverse the cuts and so basically we’re back to where we started from, the parents are rightly upset and that’s why we sent the letter,” he says.

“We recognize that they are having a tough time recruiting and retaining French Immersion teachers but we think they could be doing more.”

The chair of the VSB, Janet Fraser, says staff are working towards re-instating the classes.

“It’s very challenging to recruit French Immersion across BC, and particularly in Vancouver because we have a high cost of living and because we’re seeing many teachers moving from Vancouver to their home district.”

“(Staff) are assessing the availability of teachers and they are assessing the availability of space in our French Immersion schools to see what classes can be offered next year.”

Lewis says he understands the difficulties with recruitment, but the board needs to do more. The letter to trustees recommends the VSB participate in a French teacher exchange program, offer subsidies to support teachers developing their French proficiency and enable hiring of French teachers on a letter of permission.

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