Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bay of Plenty inspires

What a fabulous week meeting the wonderful teaching community in the Bay of Plenty and even into South Waikato. The week started well in Rotorua at John Paul College where Hilary and Taryn are promoting French in all kinds of fabulous ways - DELF, Shared Histories, exchanges, international students and so much more.

Some of Hilary's Year 7's who have been Frenching it up for 6 weeks at 2.5 hours per week. 
Danielle Cooper, John Paul College's Young Ambassador who took off to France yesterday. 

A day trip to Whakatane High School was an absolute treat as Sheryl worked with her Year 10's and had them immersed in 100% French for the entire lesson !Youpi ! The students got the chance to incorporate the Olympics into their lesson and you can see that they enjoyed it from the evidence below.
Whakatane looking fabuleux
A brilliant collection of authentic French goodies in Sheryl's class

Sheryl's Year 10's working on their sporting techniques

Tauranga called next where I found Kheya at Papamoa College and Andrea at Bethlehem College who are doing wonderful work with their students too. Kheya incorporates music into her lessons and so students were recognising and recalling phrases based on tunes played on the keyboard...une très bonne idée. As for well as running a busy department she also coordinates a fantastic community French chat group which meets in Tauranga once a fortnight - all levels, any interests and backgrounds. I got to spend the evening with the group who were so welcoming and keen to soak up as much French language and culture as possible.

A very positive message I stumbled across in the bathroom at Papamoa idea to start at your school perhaps? 

That afternoon we had an afternoon tea in Tauranga for those teachers who could make it along. It was great to meet Michelle who joined  us from Rotorua at Chapman College as well as Emma who has started this year at Aquinas College. Agnès and Margot are inspiring the young women at Tauranga Girls' College and Shirley Bain was able to join us too which made for a dynamic, passionate group of teachers of French. 

The trip home saw a detour via Taupo to Sue at Hilltop School. Sue teaches French to Year 7 & 8 students and is doing a brilliant job inspiring young minds to recognise the importance of understanding other people and cultures.

Quelle semaine ! Je me suis trouvée entourée de magnifiques profs de français - elles sont toutes enthousiastes, dynamiques et passionnées. J'ai très hâte de retourner dans cette région ... peut-être un atelier à Bay of Plenty l'année prochaine ? Watch this space.