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, MLA Kirkfield Park
May 29, 2013

Concours d’art oratoire

Mr. Speaker, in today’s fast-paced world communications skills are becoming more and more important to learn. In particular, learning a second language is a great way to enrich our communications skills and broaden our horizons. Today I am pleased to recognize the Concours d’art oratoire that took place in Manitoba schools this spring. “Concours” is a competition in which students research, write, practice and perform short speeches. For thirty years now, the Canadian Parents for French have organized Concours to give Manitoba students the opportunity to showcase their public speaking skills en français.

Cette année, environ 8,000 étudiants de 3e à 12e ont pris part au Concours. Ils ont participé à diverses catégories d’Immersion française, Français de base et Francophone, d'abord dans leurs salles de classe, puis au niveau de l'école, au niveau de la division, au niveau provincial et, enfin, dans une compétition nationale.

Translation: This year, about 8,000 Manitoba students from grades 3 to 12 took part in Concours. They competed in various French Immersion, Basic French and Francophone categories, first in their classrooms and then at the school, divisional, provincial and finally the national level.

The St. James-Assiniboia School division has a rich tradition of French education, and I want to recognize those students from our schools who participated. Almost fifty of these students took part in the divisional event held in March, representing Voyageur, Bannatyne, Stevenson-Britannia, Bruce, Assiniboine, Robert Browning, Golden Gate, Ness, Lincoln and Sturgeon Heights.

Beaucoup de ces élèves ont continué à la compétition provinciale qui s'est tenue ce mois-ci, et ils ont très bien fait. Félicitations à Charlotte Peace, Sarah Janzen, Ryan Hay, Keira Nichol, Paige Curell, Jamie Cardona, Liam Hay et Lucy Asante, qui ont tous placés dans leurs catégories respectives. De plus, nos étudiants nous avaient très bien représenté à la compétition nationale à Ottawa cette fin de semaine. Lucy Asante, Jaclyn Flom et Emma Gehrs-Whyte ont toutes gagné des bourses à l’Université d’Ottawa pour leurs discours.

Translation: Many of those students went on to do very well in the Provincial competition held this month. Congratulations to Charlotte Peace, Sarah Janzen, Ryan Hay, Keira Nichol, Paige Curell, Jamie Cardona, Liam Hay and Lucy Asante, who all placed in their respective categories. Furthermore, our students represented Manitoba very well at the national competition held this weekend in Ottawa. Lucy Asante, Jaclyn Flom and Emma Gehrs-Whyte all placed in the top three of their categories.

Learning French is a great way to enrich our children’s educational experiences and open up more opportunities. I want to thank those involved in the Concours d’art oratoire for their hard work in ensuring that our young people have every chance possible to develop their language skills. To all those who participated in Concours across the province: félicitations!