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Thursday, May 14, 2020 - By: Miranda NP, Alex ‘23

“Chers juges, chers parents, chers professeurs et chers amis…” This is a dreaded line for any French Immersion student. If you have never taken French Immersion, or Core French for that matter, it is most likely you have no idea what this means.

Every year around the end of March, French Immersion students all around Canada participate in a speech contest organized by Canadian Parents for French. Students have to write a 3-5 minute speech entirely in French on a subject of their choice. Most of us have been doing these speeches since Grade 5. This year, however, things were a bit different due to Covid-19. Instead of writing a speech, kids were tasked with making a video showcasing our life in quarantine. Canadian Parents for French came up with the idea to “help raise each others’ spirits and remind each other that we’re in this together, regardless of physical distancing”.  

After students presented their video to the class, they were encouraged and had the option to submit their video to the actual contest. Since this is a competition, there are prices involved. For Grades 8-10 kids have the opportunity to win up to $300 and for students in Grades 11 and 12, they can win $400 in cash! What makes winning the contest even better is that all cash prices will be matched with a donation to a charity of the student’s choice. In addition, each submission will be entered into a random draw for two round-trip tickets anywhere in Canada! “Making a fun video is way better than having to memorize a speech and presenting it to a bunch of black screens through Zoom!” admitted Jensa NG, Mack ‘23 a student in Mme Hall's French Immersion class.

Jensa is not the only student who had fun with this project as all the videos shared with the class showcased incredible creativity! We got to see Jonah M, Whittall ‘23 attempt to eat raw meat; Davis P, Whittall ‘23 display his incredible soccer talents; and finally Dylan G, Whittall ‘23 dunk his first dunks! Safe to say the Whittall boys have been kept busy during quarantine.

Best of luck to all the students who entered the competition. Winners will be announced on June 1st!

Miranda NP, Alex ‘23

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