After NCC’s first successful French Poetry competition experience last year where six students made it through to the final, the Year 7, 8 & 9 French students from NCC this year again were part of the 124th edition of the Berthe Mouchette Competition oral examination – a memorial experience – at Alliance Française de Melbourne.
After more than three weeks of preparation, most of the students learnt and memorised their poems, and last Friday they demonstrated their linguistic skills by reciting their French poems in front of a native French speaker. Some students expressed this great experience in writing:
“On the 18th of May, the Year 7, 8 and 9 French classes hopped on three buses and drove to St. Kilda to participate in the Berthe Mouchette French Poetry Competition for the Alliance de Francais. We first spent recess at St. Kilda Beach and to our delight found that Mrs. Njock had kindly made us some treats – homemade donuts and crepes with Nutella! We all rushed for a crepe with the girls trying to keep their skirts down against the strong winds. Promptly after eating everything we got back on the buses and drove to Alliance de Francais. We arrived and filed into a room inside to finalise our poems and then were called in groups to go to be examined. Relieved, we all got back on the bus realising that it was 2pm and we had not had our lunch. So when we got back, we quickly ate our lunch and returned back to class” (By Zoe, Year 8).
Whilst waiting for the oral results (to be announced by the 14th June 2018), Year 9 French students will be doing the written exam on the 30th of June 2018.