Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Concours d’art oratoire 2015 - National Winners

The National Finals of Concours d’art oratoire took place on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the University of Ottawa. Provincial winners from across Canada participated in this esteemed event and competed for scholarships for the University of Ottawa, Université de Saint Boniface, the University of Prince Edward Island, the University of Moncton and Université Sainte-Anne. The total value of the scholarships available was over $160,000!
The full list of winners is as follows:

Core French (French: Communication and Culture):
1st - Tehzeeb Sayed, Edmonton
2nd - Sofia Luo, Burnaby
3rd - Siyu Chen, Milton

Extended Core French (French: Communication and Culture):
1st - Pol Ferreres-Garcia, Winnipeg
2nd - Amirthan Sothivannan, Ottawa
3rd - Rachel Field, Halifax

Late Immersion:
1st - Kirianne Ashley, Yellowknife
2nd - Kayla Peters, Winnipeg
3rd - Zachary Besler, Richmond

Early Immersion:
1st - Margot Ghersin, Ottawa
2nd - Madeline Arthur, Vancouver
3rd - Andréa Rondeau-Brown, Winnipeg

1st - Imane Marrakchi, Winnipeg
2nd - Charles-Hubert Favreau, Vancouver
3rd - Emily Michaud, Dartmouth


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Friday, September 06, 2013

Concours d'art oratoire 2013-2014 deadlines

Along with the new school year quickly getting underway comes some preparation for future French language events like Concours d'art oratoire.

September packages will be sent out in the next couple of weeks, and important dates to remember have been finalized. Please note the following dates in your calendar if you wish to have your school participate in the 2013-2014 Concours d'art oratoire, Canada's national public speaking competition for students in Grades 3-12.


Important Dates

December 13, 2013: Deadline to submit Intent to Participate to CPF Manitoba to ensure participation of school division/school in the provincial competition.

April 17, 2014: Deadline to notify CPF Mantioba of divisional winners (please use the Notification of Divisional Winners form and include the $18.00 registration fee for each student)

April 17, 2014: Deadline to submit Official Student Registration Form for students competing at the provincial level, in Grade 11/12 categories (except Impromptu)

May 3, 2014: Provincial Finals for all categories at the Université de Saint-Boniface (200, avenue de la Cathédrale)

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

30th annual Concours d'art oratoire - Provincial Finals

Concours d'art oratoire logo

2013 marked Canadian Parents for French – Manitoba’s 30th annual Concours d’art oratoire provincial finals competition. Concours d’art oratoire is a French public speaking competition open to students in Grades 3 to 12 and includes the categories of Early Immersion, Late Immersion, Core French, Core Extended French, Français and Impromptu.

An estimated 8,000 students participated at the classroom, school, and school division levels of competition during the last few months. Over 120 provincial finalists from Grades 3 -12 competed for 17monetary prizes in 25 categories on Saturday.

Other prizes included $1,000 scholarships to USB for students placing 1st in the Grade 11/12 categories, $200 and a plaque from Société franco-manitobaine (SFM) to the winner of the Grade 11/12 Impromptu category, and a $25 Keener membership from Conseil jeunesse provincial (CJP) to the 1st place winners in all Grade 9-12 categories. The winners of the Grade 11/12 categories will represent Manitoba at the CPF National Finals in Ottawa on May 25, 2013.

"French second language education in our province continues to excel and increase in popularity. For example, and of note, is that enrolment in French Immersion is now the highest in the history of the program," said Catherine Davies, Executive Director of Canadian Parents for French - Manitoba.

"This is the 30th year of Concours d’art oratoire in Manitoba, and the 8,000 Manitoban participants demonstrate that students continue to embrace this opportunity to showcase their public speaking skills en français,” concluded Catherine Davies.

Morning and afternoon awards ceremonies were attended by federal and provincial government elected officials, as well as representatives from partner organizations including the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, USB, SFM, AMDI (Association manitobaine des directrices et directeurs d’immersion française), and EFM (Éducatrices et éducateurs francophones du Manitoba).


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Monday, April 08, 2013

Festival JAM a success!


After many months of planning and promotion, Canadian Parents for French – Manitoba, along with 100NONS and l’Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) were proud to present the 2nd edition of le Festival jeune artiste du Manitoba (Festival JAM) April 6 and 7, 2013 at USB! This exciting Manitoban Idol style event was organized to give youth in grades 6 to 12 currently enrolled in Basic French or the Immersion program the opportunity to take their French outside of the classroom and use it in a completely different environment.

Judges Renée Lamoureux (Keith and Renée), Jocelyne Baribeau (Madame Diva) and David Grenon (Francossins, Jetstream) had a difficult weekend ahead of them which was full of talented participants. Auditions started Saturday, April 6, where the judges were able to name the top 8 finalists who would move on to the finals on Sunday. Not only did those 8 finalists move on to Sunday’s performance, they were also able to participate in a one hour vocal workshop with Nadia Gaudet, a professional singer and vocal coach, to help them give their best performance the next day.

Sunday began with individual 30 minute rehearsal sessions for the finalists to practice with a live band accompanying them. The band was made up of Darren Savard, Joel Couture, Marc Arnould and Daniel Roy. It immediately became clear that everyone who was attending the finals would be in for a spectacular performance from each finalist that afternoon. Each of the finalists were very excited to showcase their talent as well, and that sentiment ran throughout the entire afternoon. Backstage after each performance, finalists congratulated each other on a job well done with high fives all around.

CPF-MB, 100NONS and USB would like to congratulate everyone who registered to participate in this exciting event as it takes a lot of courage to be confident enough to get up and sing in a different language in front of not only judges, but over 200 spectators who attended on Sunday. Also, a special congratulations goes out to our winners:

-          Erika Fowler, 3rd place winner ($250 prize and Festival JAM plaque)

-          Amber Landry, 2nd place winner ($500 prize and Festival JAM plaque)

-          Nolan De Leon, 1st place winner and new Jeune artiste du Manitoba ($1000 prize and Festival JAM trophy. Nolan also took home the $200 prize for crowd favourite!)


To read the write up that appeared in La Liberté, please follow the link below:

To view Nolan's encore performance, please follow this link:


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