Bringing French Culture to St. Robs


French Week, organized by St. Robert’s very own French Council, recently made its return during the week of March 27th.

French week was filled with many amazing activities that introduced students to the various advantages and joys of the French language. On Monday, French Council hosted a half-day workshop, entitled “Pourquoi parler français/Why speak French?” featuring guest speaker Stephen Teong, a St. Robert alumna and current Glendon student, as well as a French-themed photo booth. Tuesday and Wednesday was filled with French cuisine, supplied by Nella’s as well as the French Baking club. Additionally, a Kahoot game, which informed students about French/Francophone culture, was held in the cafeteria during all three lunches. The week ended with a French-themed civies, during which everyone was encouraged to wear blue, red and/or white, as well as French face painting.

When asked about French Week, Saba Mirabolghasemi, a member of French Council as well as a National Youth Ambassador for the organization French for the Future, stated that “As a proud francophone, I believe that learning French opens you to a world of possibilities, and I encourage all students in immerse themselves in the francophone world, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

The French language, as well as French culture, is definitely one worth learning about. According to a study published by Statistics Canada, the number of bilingual people in Canada has never stopped increasing over the past 50 years. Additionally, the number of people who speak French as their first official language has increased from 7.4 million in 2006 to 7.7 million in 2011.

True to their motive, French Council has provided the students of St. Robert CHS with a fun week filled with both educational and enjoyable French-themed activities. Be sure to look out for more fun events planned by French Council throughout the year.