Two students from Lady Grey Elementary School had a successful few days at Simon Fraser University. Zoe Simard and Arizona Lowe, two french immersion students, travelled to provincials for “Le Concours D’art Oratoire”.
Le Concours D’art Oratoire is a nation-wide French speaking competition. The British Columbia and Yukon portion is organized by the Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon Branch. Le Concours is a competition where the student must write and memorize a speech and present it. The students are then judged on their proficiency in French. Le Concours first occurs in town where the top three students from each grade proceed to East Kootenays. After East Kootenays, students travel to SFU for provincials.
Although Golden has sent students to provincials on various occasions, this year proved to be an even greater success.
Lowe, a grade six student, wrote a speech about the artist Pink.
Simard wrote and presented a speech named “ma grand-mere”, a speech about her grandmother who was in the war. In the category 7e Immersion précoce, Simard placed second.
Only the first place finisher in every category goes to Nationals where the winners in five categories win a grand prize of a $20,000 scholarship to the University of Ottawa.
Provincials for Le Concours D’art Oratoire are also considered very serious with hundreds of students from across British Columbia coming to compete. The students practice their speeches for months and strong french skills are a necessity to place in the top three of your category.
“It’s really great that we had two students attend,” says Brenda Soujah, grade 6/7 teacher for Lady Grey, “they represented our french immersion program in town, Golden and the school.”