Since January 1999, a bilingual program operates in the primary school of Killarney Heights.
According to the principles of total bilingualism, the children have two qualified teachers, an Australian/English speaking teacher and a native French speaking teacher.
In 2012, the school received the Label FrancÉducation as recognition by the French Government of the excellent French / English bilingual education provided by the school through its partnership with the association FANS (French speaking Association of the North Shore). This recognition was renewed successfully in 2018.
This label is designed to improve the diversity and quality of French teaching abroad, and gives such institutions recognition for their quality as well as access to a whole range of services. Killarney Heights Public School was the first school to receive this accreditation in Australia.
This initiative, monitored by the NSW Department of Education, has the following objectives:
- Allow bilingual education in a local public school.
- To keep a group of French speaking children in the same school, which helps them assert their identity and develop their self-confidence in being bilingual without being isolated from their Australian peers.
- To give non French-speaking children the chance to learn French as a foreign language within their public school.
- To expose children to other languages and cultures and encourage respect for each other’s cultures and multiculturalism, which forms the basis of today’s modern Australian society.
On the basis of the bilingual Kindergarten’s great success, more classes opened in the following years. Since 2005, the school has bilingual classes from Kindergarten to Year 6.
Since January 2006, the Killarney Heights High School offers to children who have participated in the primary bilingual classes or have a french-speaking background an accelerated French program that will enable them to take their French HSC (High School Certificate) one year early.
The high school is also offering since 2019 an Advanced French class to Y7 students coming from our school. CNED in French Literacy is also integrated into the Year 9 students cursus since 2019.
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