Ms Kerrie Blain, Principal of Telopea Park School, awarded Chevalier in the order of the Palmes Académiques
On 23 September 2014, H.E Mr. Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia, awarded the Palmes Académiques to Ms Kerrie Blain, the Principal of Telopea Park School, (which hosts the French Australian Lycée of Canberra) at a ceremony that was held at the Ambassador’s Residence on the grounds of the Embassy of France.
Established in 1808 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Palmes Academiques is an honorific distinction bestowed by the French Department of Education. However, the French Department of Foreign Affairs can nominate foreigners and French citizens living abroad who actively contribute to the intellectual, scientific and artistic expansion of France in the world.
The Order of the Palmes Académiques is made up of three ranks: Knight, Officer and Commander.
Ms Blain, recipient of this distinction in the rank of Knight, was awarded the medal for her exceptional achievement in promoting and increasing awareness of the French Australian Lycée of Canberra across Australia and around the Asia-Pacific region.
Many members of her family, friends and colleagues attended the ceremony. Mrs Leanne Cover, Deputy Director General, also was present.
The French Australian Lycée of Canberra is the only bi-national public institution in Australia providing a bilingual curriculum. It was established in 1983 following a bilateral agreement between the French and Australian governments. It now has 629 students – from kindergarten to year 12 – Throughout the school year students follow a French-Australian bilingual program and prepare both French and Australian national High school diplomas: French Year 9 certificate, French scientific or literary Baccalauréat and Year 10 certificate.
With 100 % success a 100 % in the Baccalaureate of which 60% were high distinctions in the scientific Baccalaureat in 2014, the French-Australian Lycée of Canberra is considered an institution of excellence and a unique place of learning where the success of all students is a priority.