French Students Succeed at Concours d’Art Oratoire


by Valerie Pike and Mimi Brown

Fourteen students from the Middle and Senior School recently attended the British Columbia and Yukon division finals for Concours d’art oratoire, a national French public-speaking contest.

Our students were selected, along with approximately 300 other students, from the initial 10,000 BC and Yukon participants who competed by school and district in February. Our students truly shone, and – despite competing, in many cases, against students enrolled in full-time immersion programs – achieved great results.

Overall, our 14 participants earned nine medals (three gold, three silver and three bronze). From what we hear, we have achieved the best SMUS results ever and we are already looking forward to implementing a few new tricks for preparing the students next year.

Thank you to all of the volunteer judges, administration, teachers and parents who helped to prepare our students. For most people, public-speaking is a daunting prospect, as it requires a great deal of hard work and practice and the confidence to overcome anxiety and perform in front of a group of strangers. Giving a speech in a second language is truly an accomplishment. The students’ mature approach to preparing for the event was so impressive.

Félicitations to all our Concours participants! Vive le français à SMUS.

Concours d’Art Oratoire 2014

Middle School
Angelina Shandro: Silver Medal, Grade 6 Intensive [Watch Video]
Nadine Reis: Gold Medal, Grade 6 Late French Immersion
Ava Hoechsmann: Top 10, Grade 6 French Immersion
Anna Considine: Top 10, Grade 7 French Immersion
Diya Courty-Stephens: Silver Medal, Grade 7 Francophone
Aysha Emmerson: Gold Medal, Grade 8/9 Core French [Watch Video]
Ayham Gheis: Silver Medal, Grade 8/9 Core French
Jared Reis: Top 10, Grade 8 French Immersion

Senior School
Oria James: Bronze Medal, Grade 9 French Immersion
Sena Youn: Gold Medal, Grade 10 Core French
Rachel Olsen: Bronze Medal, Grade 11 Core French
Aline Halliday: Top 10, Grade 11 French Immersion
Eva Grant: Bronze Medal, Grade 11/12 Francophone
Leonard Liao-Briere: Top 10, Grade 11/12 Francophone

View the official photos from the finals

Want to hear more students speak en français? Watch Grade 6 student Angelina practice her Concours d’art oratoire speech for her classmates or see our Grade 6 students put on a French musical.


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