October 2016 Newsletter

The month of October is looking very exciting at the Alliance Française d'Adelaïde.

Exciting firstly, because on the 17 October the new term of classes starts at the Alliance. It is an opportunity for each person, young and old, to find a course suitable for their level and their availability.

Exciting whatsmore, because the month of October corresponds to the launch of the Alliance Française Classic Film Festival. Over two days, the 14 and 15 October, the Alliance Française and Mercury Cinema celebrate with the screening of four films – four iconic actresses: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Seberg, Simone Signoret and Romy Schneider.

Exciting finally, because the French language is faring better than ever in Adelaide. Nothing demonstrates that more clearly than the recent announcement on 19 September 2016, by the South Australian Minister of Education, Susan Close, of the opening of a French-Australian programme in two schools. This announcement strengthens the ties between our two countries and contributes to making Adelaide a city of choice in the history of Franco-Australian relations.

Le mois d’octobre s’annonce radieux à l’Alliance française d’Adelaïde.

Radieux tout d’abord, parce qu’à partir du 17 octobre s’ouvre une nouvelle session de cours à l’Alliance. C’est l’occasion pour chacun, petits et grands, de trouver un cours adapté à son niveau et à son emploi du temps.  

Radieux ensuite, parce que le mois d’octobre correspond aussi au lancement du Classic Film Festival de l’Alliance française.  Durant deux jours, les 14 et 15 octobre, l’Alliance française et le cinéma Mercury célèbrent avec la projection de quatre films  quatre actrices iconiques : Catherine Deneuve, Jean Seberg, Simone Signoret et Romy Schneider.

Radieux enfin, parce que le français semble se porter mieux que jamais à Adélaïde. Nous en voulons pour preuve l’annonce  faite par la Ministre de l’Education de l’Etat d’Australie-Méridionale, Mme Susan Close, le 19 septembre dernier, de l’ouverture d’un programme franco-australien dans deux établissements scolaires d’Adélaïde à partir de 2017.  Cette annonce vient consolider les liens entre nos deux pays et contribue à faire d’Adélaïde une ville de choix dans l’histoire des relations franco-australiennes.

M. Laurent POINTUD
Directeur, Alliance française d’Adelaïde

Term 4 Earlybird Discount Closes 8 Oct

Don't forget Term 4  5% Earlybird discount* applies only to payments received by 8 October 2016.

Students who attend a course one term are not automatically re-enrolled for the following term. If you or your child wish to continue with classes, enrolment and payment is required  prior to  17 October 2016. Class numbers are limited.

Online registrations received on or before 8 October 2016 go into the draw to win tickets to the 2017 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival.

In order to avoid last minute disappointment, only classes with the minimum number of enrolled and paid students as at 11 October will proceed.

*not cumulative with other discounts

What's On

Alliance Française Classic Film Festival Year 12 SACE/IB Intensive
Time to celebrate Adelaide. We are joining the national Alliance Française Classic Film Festival.

What could be more glamourous than enjoying a glass of wine, watching vintage cinema as you rediscover masterpieces of French cinema with iconic actresses on the big screen.

This year's theme, Les Blondes, celebrates emblematic actresses in iconic French films from 1952 to 1975
An intensive course for SACE and IB students who want to improve their spelling, writing and listening skills for the final exam.

Courses are designed for year 12 students but year 11 students will also benefit from it.
Mercury Cinema
14 - 15 October 2016

Monday 11 October to
Thursday 14 October
10 am - 1 pm

Bonjour Adelaide French Market

Where can you have the most French fun you if you're not in France? At the Bonjour Adelaide French Market of course (bien sûr) !  

A little piece of France, providing you with everything that you love and that the French are famous for: gourmet food, refined wines, delicious cheeses, stylish jewellery, music and exquisite perfumes. The event will showcase a variety of businesses displaying their French and French-themed goods.

On Saturday we pair up with Etsy Made Local for the perfect family day out. Mark the dates on your calendar and whisk your family away to France in Unley and the Bonjour Adelaide French Market.
Unley Soldiers' Memorial Gardens
5 - 10 pm Friday 18 November 2016
10 am - 10 pm Saturday 19 November 2016
Bonjour Adelaide French Market Raffle Oui need you!
Our annual fundraising raffle is about to kick off again. The proceeds of the raffle help maintain the facilities and purchase equipment and resources for the association.

We have some fantastic prizes again, the first prize is a Trip for 2 to Paris, including return airfares (thanks to Singapore Airlines) and 2 nights accommodation at L’Hotel du Nord et de l’Est, one year of French Classes with Alliance Française d'Adelaide, Cookware (thanks to Tefal), Champagne (thanks to Arbeaumont) and La Petite Amour Box (thanks to French Avenue).

We need your assistance to make this raffle a success.  If you can sell tickets, or just buy a ticket or two please contact Lesley Cooper at admin@af.org.au.

Tickets ($5) will be on sale at the Alliance Française d'Adelaïde from Wednesday 5 October. They can also be purchased at the Bonjour Adelaide French Market on 18 and 19 November.

Would you like to become involved and share a rewarding, fun experience with other francophiles and francophones? 

We need your help to provide information to visitors and stallholders, assisting the Alliance with dedicated areas, on children's activities and much, much more.

You don't need to speak French to volunteer. We are seeking people with a sense of joie de vivre.

An induction session will be run for for all volunteers so you will know what to expect on the day.

If you would like to be a  volunteer at the market please email Kathy your contact details at  adelaide@af.org.au.


What's Coming!

Le Prenom / What's in a name? 

Panache, Adelaide French Theatre Group presents the "Le Prenom" by Alexandre de la Patelliere and Matthieu Delaporte. Performed in French with English surtitles, this funny play, full of wit, beautifully written and crafted is your opportunity to enjoy contemporary French theatre in Adelaide

A dinner party with 5 people : 2 couples – a brother and sister and their respective spouses – and one friend. They all know each other very well and the evening starts beautifully. Delicious food, great ambiance. And then, a question, an answer given in jest, a major misunderstanding, insult upon insult – the can of worms is well and truly opened.

This delicious comedy with a touch of black humour is not to be missed.

Ticketswww.startheatres.com.au (Discount for AF Members)

Star Theatres, 145 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton
7.30 pm 3, 4 and 5 November and
2 pm 5 November

School  News

La Petite Ecole Update

I wish to thank all the parents who have provided me with useful feedback about the Petite Ecole. Following your feedback and that of our teachers, we deemed it necessary to change the curriculum. Our curriculum now contains more grammar and a more structured approach to teaching and learning. However, it is still a work in progress. More positive changes are on the way as we want to raise the standards of Petite Ecole. I will keep you updated on these changes regularly.

Feedback is important; please do not hesitate to send me, Sandra CAUDAL, your feedback, complaints or issues at headteacher@af.org.au 

Are you an AF Student? DELF and DALF Certification

Do you know that all Alliance Française students, children and adults, may borrow one book or multimedia item from our library

For only $10 per year extra you can borrow more items and you get full member benefits including 5% off term long courses.

DELF and DALF certificates are issued by the French Ministry of Education.

These exams are designed to assess the communicative skills of a candidate in a real-life situation, using authentic documents, rather than the linguistic and formal grammatical knowledge.

Adelaide’s Severe Weather Event
The Board and Staff would like to thank everyone for the patience and understanding during the severe weather this week and the postponing of classes.

Not only were there concern for students travelling to and from the lessons, but also for staff and their families.

Almost all of the students who were affected, have been notified of the re-scheduled classes. If you haven’t been notified yet, you will receive an email early next week.  Thank you once again. Merci.