What is the French Immersion Excellence Program?
The French Immersion Excellence Program provides an opportunity for students to reach a high level of proficiency in a widely used second language. The program is part of a dual focused educational approach in which French, as the additional language, is used for the learning and teaching of both content and language (CLIL). In the Program students study Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, HPE and French completely in the French Language. Learning and teaching, classes, workbooks, homework and exams are all in French. The French Immersion program has been running since 1991 with a history of giving highly motivated students an opportunity to extend themselves to do their personal best.
Goals of the program are to:
- Attain academic excellence and language proficiency through studying the same national curriculum as mainstream students but in the French Language.
- Provide a learning environment so that students can thrive in the second language and be part of very high quality class of enthusiastic learners.
- Challenge students to enrich their career opportunities in a range of areas such as Law, Commerce, Economics, Business, Sciences, Medicine, Maths, Arts, Languages and many more.
Successful applicants of the program are expected to remain in the program for the entirety of the first phase, until the end of year 10. In year 11 and 12, students may continue their French studies in the Senior school to an advanced extension level. Beyond senior years at school, students may earn bonus ranking points towards university entrance by studying language.
Who can apply and be accepted into the French Immersion Excellence Program?
The French Immersion Program is available to both local area catchment and out-of-catchment students. Students interested in applying for entry into this excellence program should select the option to be considered for it when requested in the enrolment and application process.
Students do not need to have previous experience in French language to apply for the program. Most Immersion students have never studied French before and an intensive French course starts the program and prepares students to thrive in the French Immersion classroom.
What additional processes do I need to complete to be considered for the French Immersion Excellence Program?
- School-reported academic, behaviour and effort data from the student's Year 5 Semester 2 Report Card.
- Student NAPLAN data
- A personal suitability statement of up to 100 words explaining why he/she should be selected for the program (further information is provided to students during the online application process)
- An official school email address of the student's current Year 6 teacher whom we may contact (if necessary) for his or her endorsement (initiated by our school).
- Students who are shortlisted for the program will be contacted by the head of program to attend a face to face meeting on 17 or 18 August.
How are students selected for the French Immersion Excellence Program?
Students are selected on the merits and strength of their application data as requested in the application and enrolment process. The school makes decisions based on our interpretations of the submitted data to select the students who present as being the most suitable for this program. The top 30 applicants will be offered positions on the program. If an offer is turned down, the position is offered to the next person on the waiting list (i.e. 31th best applicant) until the class is filled.