Come out for light refreshments and appetizers, conversation, seeing what we have done over the year and what we plan to do next year! Your voice counts!
Free child minding provided.
We will be electing a new executive board. Everyone welcome!!
Room 147, UNBC Campus, 4837 Keith Avenue
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:
- Students participate in their local classrooms
- Top students move on to the School District competition
- Top students move on to the Provincial competition
- 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.
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
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!
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”.
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.
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.
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.