December 2016 Newsletter


Chers tous,

A busy year is coming to its end and another exciting year lies ahead.

Dear students, members, friends and partners of the Alliance Française, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and confidence. The 2016 edition of the French Market that took place a few weeks ago was a great success and it showed how much we liked to be together.

Dear committee members, teachers and administrative staff of the Alliance Française, thank you for all your efforts and help throughout the year. Without having you on board, the Alliance Française would not be the same.

Au nom de l’Alliance Française d’Adelaide, je vous souhaite à tous de bonnes et heureuses fêtes de fin d’année et vous donne rendez-vous en 2017 (beginning of Term 1: 30 January 2017) pour une nouvelle et incroyable année de rencontres et de réjouissances!

M. Laurent POINTUD
Directeur, Alliance française d’Adelaïde

Bonjour Adelaide French Mar

Good food, good wine and good weather! That’s what over  13,000 people experienced at the Bonjour Adelaide French Market held on the 18th & 19th November. Our market grows bigger every year, with more stalls and more entertainment and more people attending.

Friday night was very busy, with people enjoying the atmosphere of all things French, which continued through-out Saturday. The Market ended with a party atmosphere in the bar area, with our great DJ playing music until close.

Congratulations to the winners of our raffle. Tammy Modra, (1105), winner of the Singapore Airlines Flights for 2 to Paris, Ros Hewitson (3134) 12 months French Classes at the Alliance, Cristina Garcia (3096) Tefal Cookware, John Taylor (1455) Tefal Cookware, Sarah Porter (3189) Arbeaumont Champage, and Peter Darly (1441) Le Petite Amour Box by French Avenue.

A huge thanks to our Sponsors, in particular Singapore Airlines, Board members, Staff and Volunteers for making this event a success it was.

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The Board and Staff of the Alliance Française would like to take this opportunity to wish our students, members, friends and supporters a safe and happy holiday season, and are looking forward to seeing you in 2017.

Our office will be closed from Monday, 19 December 2016 and will reopen on Monday, 16 January 2017.  The new term and private lessons commencing on 30th January 2017.

Farewell and Bon Voyage to Clemence
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It’s with sadness that we say farewell to Clemence Rault. Clemence has been at the Alliance Française d'Adelaïde for just over 3 years and has taught many students here both in private lessons and classes. Clemence has decided to move back overseas to be closer to her family. We thank Clemence for her dedicated work here at the Alliance, and wish her every success in the future. Clemence will be missed.

Review Summary of Our Achievements in 2016

January                Outdoor Cinema in Unley

February               Term 1 starts

March & April         AF French Film Festival | Term 1 ends

May                      Term 2 starts | AF Annual General Meeting

June                      Web-based booking system for membership and courses rolled out

July                       Term 2 ends | Term 3 starts

August                   Farewell to Jean-Christophe | SALA Exhibition

September             TinTin Unmasked Presentation

October                 Term 3 ends & Term 4 starts | Classic French Film Festival

November              Bonjour Adelaide French Market and Raffle

December              Term 4 ends | Farewell to Clemence | Welcome Laurent!

What's  on

Each Wednesday the   Déjeuner-Conversation group, comprising Alliance members and students, meets to chat in French.

The group invites students, teachers, members and francophiles to join them for   La Fête de Noël, a communal lunch on 7 December 2016. Put this date in your diary for French festivities and fellowship.

For those who don't know them, French Books on Wheels Inc (Le Van du Livre) is registered as a not-for-profit association in Australia. The project aims at meeting francophiles and francophones and familiarise them with French language publications through cultural exchanges all over Australia. With our main partners 'Le Forum - Your French bookshop in Australia' - and Bayard Presse, a selection of books, magazines and DVDs will be for sale in the van.

Wednesday 7 December 12 - 2 pm Wednesday 21 December 9 - 5 pm

Learn   French

2017 - Term 1

Our Term 1 courses are now open for enrolments with the 5% Earlybird discount available now until 14th January 2017.  Your place on the course is not guaranteed from one term to another unless you have paid and registered PRIOR to the beginning of the course.

One of the benefits of learning French at the Alliance Française d'Adelaïde is that we limit the number of students per class, smaller classes gives students a greater opportunity to be active and participate in all lessons.

This is especially relevant to our  Petite Ecole classes, as we have had an increase in enrolments and enquiries already for Term 1, we believe that these courses will be in high demand and there will be limited places available.  

To help us with planning for classes and teaching staff, please ensure that you PAY and REGISTER ‘PRIOR’ to the start of Term 1.


Cultural   events

Alliances Française French Film Festival 2017
The nation’s most captivating film event, is now returning for its 28th annual season. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France.

Proudly presented by the six main Alliance Françaises and in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, the Festival will be once again hosted by its long-term exhibition partner, Palace Cinemas.

The Festival will present you with the best of contemporary French Cinema, which has never been more popular in Australia than it is right now. The Alliance Française French Film Festival is displaying a dynamic calendar of events and remains a leading multi-cultural film celebration in Australia.

Opening Night: Thursday 30 March 2017 30 March - 23 April 2017

Christmas Gift ideas!

The Untouchables DVD - $15

Sundays in Paris Book - $25

AFdA Private Lessons

AFdA French Courses

Books and DVD from Le Van du Livre