The Bonjour My Friend bus tour lasts for 50 days. Ambassadors Laura Lussier and Shaunpal Jandu will travel across the country, talking to Canadians about linguistic duality and diversity. (Facebook/BonjourMyFriend)

Peninsula students taking advantage of French activities

Canadian Parents for French help organize and promote activities

Since Christmas, students from across the Peninsula have enjoyed a packed schedule of French activities, keeping joie de vivre alive.

Recently, there were two events for younger children, with the French Public Speaking semi-finals at Bayside middle school and a K:12 Gift Exchange Celebration, which congratulated graduating Double Dogwood French students and welcomed new young French learners into K classes. Although Bayside was reluctant to speak about the semi-finals, parents reported a fantastic event, showcasing impressive student skills.

ALSO READ: Bonjour My Friend bus tour kicks off in Victoria

A recent highlight on the Island’s French-speaking calendar was meeting the ambassadors of the Bonjour My Friend bus, which involved a pan-Canada road trip, promoting the language.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, Laura Lussier and Shaunpal Jandu are spending the next 50 days crossing the country, sharing their passion for linguistic duality.

Their most recent stop was at Ecole Stelly’s, where they workshopped language ideas and discussed history with Grade 10 and 11 students.

ALSO READ: Demand outstrips availability of French Immersion seats in Saanich School District

After Easter, a group of Greater Victoria students will travel to UVic to attend the French for the Future conference. Any Stelly’s students missing out on that experience can watch a professional French theatre production at the school, which organizers hope will spark a love of language and drama.

Many French speaking events are supported and organized by Canadian Parents for French, Saanich branch. They are a group of passionate volunteers and, much like the upcoming French theatre performance, organize a diverse range of activities that involve the French language. These include French Karate, French debate workshops and a story telling service by Grade 8 students for younger children called Bonjour/Bon Nuit.

For more information on upcoming French events, visit www.cpf.bc.ca/saanich.



nick.murray@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich Peninsula Branch of Royal Canadian Legion leaves North Saanich after 90 years

Branch will temporarily operate out of SHOAL Centre for Seniors

Police watchdog looking for witnesses to arrests in Victoria’s inner harbour

One male left injured after arrests near Red Fish Blue Fish

Speaker ‘will not tolerate illegal activity’ on B.C. legislature grounds, says chief of staff

Chief of staff to the B.C. speaker Alan Mullen says situation with demonstrators appears ‘fluid’

City frustrated as truck lodged under bridge one week after Victoria installs new signage

Dozens of trucks and buses have hit the E&N Rail bridge on Hereward Road

Clothing, jewelry, purses: RCMP ask court about disposal of evidence in Robert Pickton case

Pickton was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of six women

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

MPs to examine privacy implications of facial-recognition technology used by RCMP

The MPs will look at how the technology affects the privacy, security and safety of children

Dates back to 2009: Calgary police lay charges in fraud involving semi-trucks

Three people from Calgary are facing charges that include fraud over $5,000

Comox 442 Squadron carries out two sea rescue missions north of Vancouver Island

Submitted by Lt. Alexandra Hejduk Special to Black Press 442 Transport and… Continue reading

Most Read