Visit to Australia by Mr. Christophe Bouchard, Director of The AEFE [fr]
Mr. Christophe Bouchard, Director of The Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE), visited the five Australian establishments accredited by the AEFE from February 13 to 16, 2017. Each of these establishments offers an education program which complies with the demands, curriculum, teaching objectives and organizational rules of the French education system.
Accompanied by Mr. Bruno Valéry, the Deputy Regional Coordinator of the AEFE for the Asia-Pacific zone, he travelled to Canberra on February 13 where he began with a visit to the Lycée franco-australien/ Telopea Park School. He was welcomed by an assembly of the primary school students and choir, the Australian Principal Ms. Kerrie Blain and the Head of French studies Mr. Emmanuel Texier, along with Ms. Nathalie Howson, the Director-General of the ACT Education Directorate, and Mr. Bertrand Pous, the Head of Culture, Education, Science and Technology at the Embassy of France. He then had the opportunity to visit the binational establishment before participating in an interview ran by the Telopea journalist club Le Petit Journal, which was broadcast on the AEFE internet radio station for the Asia-Pacific zone. Following this Mr. Bouchard met with the management team of Narrabundah College, as well as the year 11 students. An agreement was signed on this occasion between Telopea Park School and Narrabundah College, which until recently has only received year 11 and 12 students preparing the French baccalaureate at the Lycée franco-australien on an informal basis. The morning finished with a visit to the French Australian Preschool (FAPS).
A meeting of the French-English bilingual network at the Embassy of France in Australia was organised during the afternoon, allowing for a presentation of the original model of the bilingual and binational schools in Australia (French bilingual sections integrated mostly into Australian public schools to Mr. Bouchard. The Australian Association of French English Bilingual Schools (AAFEBS: http://www.aafebs.com/) which is active in gathering together all the bilingual and binational schools, allows for each school to benefit from the experience of other establishments and to develop collaborative projects. The five AEFE accredited schools of Australia, the four LabelFrancEducation schools (which offers quality bilingual French-English programs based on the Australian curriculum), as well as the two new binational programs (Tingalpa State School in Brisbane and Highgate School in Adelaide) are all members.
The visits of the Melbourne AEFE establishments were held on Tuesday February 14, beginning with the recently accredited Auburn High School. An AEFE plaque-laying ceremony was held, in the presence of Mr. James Merlino, Minister for Education and Deputy Premier of Victoria, Ms. Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, French Honourary Consul for Victoria, and the establishment cohort directed by Ms. Maria Karvouni. An assembly was then organised at Caulfield Junior College (CJC)/Ecole française de Melbourne (EFM)). The integration of the EFM (previously managed by a parents association) into the Caulfield Junior College public system was completed in November 2016. Mr. Bouchard also awarded a symbolic certificate to the school during the assembly to highlight the partnership between Caulfield Junior College and the AEFE. He then had the opportunity to speak at the Alliance Française of Melbourne about the collaboration between French teaching at the Alliance and the accredited establishments in Melbourne.
The school community of the Lycée Condorcet/The International French School of Sydney had the pleasure to welcome Mr. Bouchard during a lunch held upon his arrival into Sydney on Wednesday February 15, before his visit of the school and several meetings. It was on this occasion that the Condorcet-CAMPUS 2020 project has been discussed and that a letter of intent has been signed in preparation for the renewal of the convention between the Lycée Condorcet of Sydney and the AEFE. A reception was held at the consular residence in the presence of the Consul-General of France Mr. Nicolas Croizer on Wednesday night in honour of the Director of the AEFE.
During these visits, Mr. Bouchard wished to reaffirm the role of the French sections integrated into the Australian public schools and also to note the strong demand by Australians for bilingual education.
The Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) is a government institution supervised by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Founded in 1990, it is responsible for monitoring and managing the network of French schools abroad.
The AEFE is the guarantor of the French education system abroad. It plays a key role in expanding France’s cultural and linguistic influence throughout the world and serves to boost the appeal of French higher education.
For more information, please visit: http://www.aefe.fr/agency-french-education-abroad-0