Canada is one of only a handful of officially bi-lingual countries in the world. As a result, French education plays a very important role in preparing students for successful careers. Not only do we teach French at all levels at Rowntree, starting from Kindergarten Montessori to the higher grades, but we also expose our students to varied activities where they get to explore the value of learning French, and master the skills in each of the four interconnected strands: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
“While the knowledge of any language has value, French is not only a global language but the mother tongue of many Canadians and an integral part of the Canadian identity.” This essentially summarizes the many benefits of learning French as a second language. The transmission of the Francophone culture and identity is also an integral part of our entire curriculum.
Further to this, our French Department has been busy preparing for a French Carnival, “Le Carnaval de Rowntree.” We actually scheduled this to coincide with the carnival “Carnaval du Québec” held at the end of January in the province of Québec, and lasting for 2 weeks. Our “Le Carnaval de Rowntree” is taking place in the last week of January. Both students and French teachers are very excited about this first carnival, where numerous French activities have been planned! Throughout the “Le Carnaval de Rowntree”, students are scheduled at different stations of the carnival, ranging from crafts to café’s. The main goal for all these numerous activities is to bring awareness of the French culture and to gain knowledge of the many words and expressions students have learned. We are also excited and eager to announce the name of our special guest! Stay tuned for more information about the success of the “Le Carnaval de Rowntree”!
We look forward to seeing you and sharing with you the private school community of which we are so proud!