The bilingual program administered by FANS is a French-English immersion program delivered in partnership with Killarney Heights Public School (KHPS).
The program is structured in two streams: Francophone and Anglophone.
- “Francophone” are defined as students having at least one Francophone parent and who have been exposed to the language before starting school.
- “Anglophone” are students wishing to learn French as soon as they enter kindergarten.
All students benefit from a bilingual teaching on the principle of “Team Teaching” during school hours: an English speaking teacher and a French-speaking teacher plan the lessons together following the Australian NSW curriculum but ensuring that part of it is delivered in French while working with groups of students.
Intensive French classes are also included in the program from Year 1 for students in the Francophone stream (twice a week before school). These classes are optional for students in the Anglophone stream.
Orientation and Teaching Objectives
Since the School is an Australian Public school, the curriculum followed is the Department of Education (DoE) of New South Wales’ curriculum. However, the curriculum is adapted to integrate the bilingual program and the specific needs of learning French. The pedagogical authority is the direction of KHPS and, as such, any questions relating to the operation, the integration of the program, the constitution of classes, methods and teaching objectives must first be addressed with the School. FANS will serve as interlocutor if necessary.
The objective of the program is to provide children with a bilingual education to maintain and develop the French language and Francophone culture, while being fully integrated into Australian schooling. The quality of the bilingual program allows for a good reintegration of Francophone children in a French school in France or abroad, at any time of the school year, as well as the continuation of studies in an Australian school.
Partnership between FANS and KHPS
The bilingual program is a private program that operates within Killarney Heights Public School (KHPS). It is the result of a twenty-year collaboration between FANS and the School’s management team. This program exists, in large part, thanks to the good will of KHPS’s management team who has supported, and continue to support, the program very effectively. A daily collaboration with FANS allows for the program’s constant improvement and greater visibility.
KHPS is committed to providing an education that integrates the diverse languages and cultures of the community into a stimulating environment. Through a strong partnership with FANS, KHPS is committed to achieving academic excellence in a bilingual English/French environment and developing confident, creative and successful students. On this principle, a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ was signed between FANS, KHPS and the French Embassy in Australia to ensure the sustainability of the program.
KHPS is an Australian public school dependent on the New South Wales Department of Education whose primary purpose is the teaching of New South Wales curriculum. The bilingual program, highly valued by the School, is complementary to the School’s activities and its orientations must be aligned with the primary mission of KHPS. The implementation of the program is therefore subject to the School’s control over educational objectives and methods and compliance with the regulations imposed by the New South Wales Department of Education.
The operating rules of KHPS apply to all students. Refer to the School’s information notes and procedures regarding scheduling, monitoring, communication/participation, uniforms, before and after school care, disciplinary procedures, diseases/medications and emergency medical procedures, and for all that concerns the usual School’s operation.
The parents of students enrolled in the bilingual program are also parents of KHPS’ students and are, as such, required to comply with all the rules in force at KHPS with respect to teachers, KHPS management, P&C, etc.
Enrolment Process and Program Fees
There are two steps to enrol into the bilingual program: with KHPS as a student in a public school, and with FANS to be enrolled in the bilingual program itself.
Bilingual Program administered by FANS
It is expected that children enrolled in Kindergarten in the bilingual program as Francophones have at least a good understanding of the French language and at least one parent speaks French at home. For an arrival in higher grades, an assessment of the level of French by a French-speaking teacher will be organised if the children were not schooled in French before. Parents of children whose level of French is not optimal commit to give private tuitions to their children to ensure a proper level.
Children enrolled in the bilingual program as Anglophones must integrate the program from Kindergarten. To join a higher grade, the child must have received lessons in French. An assessment of their level of French by a French-speaking teacher will be necessary and will determine if the child can join the bilingual program.
Enrolment Process and Enrolment Fees for the Bilingual Program
Enrolments for the following year open in May and stay open until the end of August via an online platform. A link is available on the “enrolment” tab of this website) for the duration of the enrolment period.
For all new enrolments outside of the enrolment period, an email must be sent to the FANS office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrolment into the bilingual program is to be done only once, when first starting school at KHPS. It is understood that the renewal of enrolment into the program is done automatically for the following year until the end of primary school in Year 6. In the event of an early departure from the bilingual program – at any point in time during the year or at the end of a school year for the following year, clauses a., b. and c. of “Terms and Conditions” are applicable.
Payment of a bond as well as a one-off administrative fee is required at the time of enrolment. The bond is automatically refunded at the end of Year 6, or in the instance of an early departure from the program if a term’s notice has been given in writing to the Association.
The bond is refundable if the School is unable to offer a place to the child. It is not refundable for change of mind on the family part, nor transferable to a future year or to another child.
The administrative fee is non-refundable.
Bilingual Program Annual Fees
An invoice for the tuition fees is sent at the beginning of each term for both streams (Anglophones and Francophones). Payment of the first term’s invoice triggers automatic membership to the Association and gives access to the social activities and events organised by FANS (see the document “Association Rules and Regulations”).
Payment must be settled within 10 days of the invoice being received. Late fees are applied after the due date.
A discount is granted for families settling the terms invoices as one annual payment at the beginning of the year. To receive this annual invoice, please contact email@example.com
A discount is also applicable from the third child and up enrolled in the bilingual program.
The bilingual program tuition fees are reviewed each year according to a budget approved by the FANS Committee.
Intensive French Before School (IFBS) classes
Intensive French classes are planned for students from Year 1 to Year 6. These classes are held before school hours.
- For Francophone students, these classes are held from 8.15am to 9.00am on Mondays and Thursdays. These classes are mandatory and all students in the Francophone stream are required to participate. The classes are not invoiced separately as they are integral part of the bilingual program. As such, they are included in the program fees.
- Families of students in the Anglophone stream may choose to enroll their child(ren) into the Intensive French Before School Class for Anglophone. These classes are held from 8.10am to 8.55am on Wednesdays. An invoice is sent to families at the beginning of each term for the fees of this additional class. This invoice is to be paid within 10 days of receiving it.
Terms and Conditions – Bilingual Program and IFBS Classes
- All term started is due in full.
- In the case of a departure from the bilingual program, a term’s notice is required in writing. This notice is to be received by the FANS Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the latest Friday 5pm of Week 1 of a term for a departure the following term.
- In the event of a departure from the bilingual program without the required notice, the fees for the full term remain due and the bond will not be refunded.
- In case of non-payment of a term, the student will not be accepted in the bilingual program or in intensive French classes when resuming school after school holidays the following term. The bond will not be refunded.
- You can officially withdraw your children from the program and re-enroll them upon your return if the absence is more than 5 consecutive school weeks.
However, in the case of a prolonged absence (i.e., over 5 weeks) you will have to supply personal reasons and adhere to the clauses 1., 2., 3. and 4.
A new bond and admin fees will have to be paid. Confirmation of re-enrolment with the School will also depend on available places at the time of your return.
- In the instance of a prolonged absence, reintegrating a bilingual class into a higher grade can be difficult as students continue their progression in learning the language. It is essential that students take classes in French while they are away. An assessment of their level of French by a French-speaking teacher may be necessary and will determine if the child can re-join the bilingual program.
- In exceptional circumstances and cases of ‘force majeure’ that would require the School to close, tuition fees for the bilingual program remain due and the terms and conditions remain unchanged. The FANS Committee can review this clause and the terms of conditions in light of the circumstances, noting that any amendment to the terms and conditions remains at its own discretion.
Enrolments at Killarney Heights Public School (KHPS)
The child must be enrolled at the School. The official NSW public schools’ enrolment form must be completed and sent directly to KHPS’ Admin Office. The document is available on the Department of Education’s website or at the School.
NB: if you are neither a citizen nor a permanent resident, a fee is payable to the NSW Department of Education at the time of the children enrolment in any NSW public school. For more information, contact the Temporary Visa Holder Program office and read the New South Wales Government’s document: ‘Education – Enrollment of non-Australian Citizens Procedures and Eligibility’.
There are priority criteria to admit students to the School:
- the child lives in the designated catchment area (postcode 2087 – Killarney Heights)
- the child has a sibling already enrolled at the School
- the child is enrolling into the bilingual program
For families enrolling from overseas, an appointment with the School needs to be organised as soon as possible to discuss the enrolment.
- School fees
- Killarney Heights Public School Annual Fees
The school will invoice the parents directly each term. These fees include school supplies, sporting activities, excursions, music … Payment of these invoices must be done to the school directly.
- Parents and Citizens Association (P&C)
The P&C is kindly requesting an annual donation from families. The P&C leads numerous projects to improve the school environment for the students (from resources in classes such as computers to building upgrades such as air conditioning).
Terms and Conditions Acceptation
By joining the Bilingual Program administered by FANS, you are accepting these General Terms and Conditions.
Updated Nov. 2021