Presentation

Highgate School has implemented a new and exciting initiative in 2017: a French-Australian bilingual and binational program has been introduced in February. This initiative began with one Reception class and one Year 1 and will continue to grow to be an R-7 program.

This program has the support of Department for Education and Childhood Development of South Australia and the French Ministry of Education via the French Embassy in Canberra.

As the program rolls up in subsequent years, we envisage that there will be one French-Australian bilingual class in each year level.

Students participating in the program will learn from a combined Australian/French curriculum incorporating both countries’ national curricula.

Our school is the first school in South Australian to implement a harmonised French and Australian curriculum.

The bilingual/binational program will flow within a stream from Highgate School to Unley High School in 2023.

In the Early Years, 80% of learning will be in French and 20% in English. From to year 3 the proportion of French to English will be equal.


En 2017, l’école primaire d’Highgate a développé un nouveau projet passionnant : en février, un programme bilingue et binational franco-australien a été lancé. Cette initiative a débuté avec l’ouverture d’une classe de grande section de maternelle et d’une classe de CP et continuera jusqu’au deploiement du programme de la grande section à la 5ème.

Ce programme reçoit le soutien du Département de l’Éducation et de la Petite Enfance d’Australie-Méridionale ainsi que du soutien du Ministère de l’Éducation nationale représenté par l’ambassade de France à Canberra.

Au fur et à mesure que le programme se développera, il est prévu l’ouverture d’une nouvelle classe bilingue franco-australienne chaque année.

Les élèves participant au programme suivront un programme d’enseignement harmonisé reprenant les éléments des programmes officiels français et d’Australie-Méridionale.

Le programme bilingue et binational s’étendra sur la totalité du cursus scolaire de l’école primaire d’Highgate à l’école secondaire d’Unley (Unley High School) en 2023.

Jusqu’en CE1, 80% des apprentissages se feront en français et 20% en anglais. A partir du CE2, la répartition français/anglais sera identique.

Comparison of the French and Australian Schooling Levels

Age in Years France Australia
PRESCHOOL IN AUSTRALIA
3 / 4 PS
4 / 5 MS Kindy (must be 4 yrs old before 1st May)
PRIMARY SCHOOL IN AUSTRALIA
5 / 6 GS Reception (must be 5 yrs old before 1st May)
6 / 7 CP Year 1
7 / 8 CE1 Year 2
8 / 9 CE2 Year 3
9 / 10 CM1 Year 4
10 / 11 CM2 Year 5
11 / 12 6ème Year 6
12 / 13 5ème Year 7 (moving to High School in 2022)
HIGH SCHOOL IN AUSTRALIA
13 / 14 4ème Year 8
14 / 15 3ème Year 9
15 / 16 Seconde Year 10
16 / 17 Première Year 11
17 / 18 Terminale Year 12

RECEPTION / Grande section de maternelle

FRENCH
80%
French, Mathematics
History and Geography
Sciences, Visual Arts
ENGLISH
20%
English,Technologies
Performing Arts, PE

YEAR 1 / CP

FRENCH
80%
French, Mathematics
History and Geography
Sciences, Visual Arts
ENGLISH
20%
English,Technologies
Performing Arts, PE

YEAR 2 / CE1

FRENCH
80%
French, Mathematics
History and Geography
Sciences, Visual Arts
ENGLISH
20%
English,Technologies
Performing Arts, PE

YEAR 3,4 / CE2,M1 (Semester 1)

FRENCH
50%
French, Mathematics, Health
Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGLISH
50%
English, Technologies, Sciences
Performing Arts, PE, Visual Arts
Mathematics
Civics and Citizenship

YEAR 3,4 / CE2,M1 (Semester 2)

FRENCH
50%
French, Mathematics
Sciences, Health
Visual Arts
ENGLISH
50%
English, Technologies
Performing Arts, PE
Mathematics
Civics and Citizenship
Humanities and Social Sciences

 

Learning in French / Apprentissages en langue française
Learning in English / Apprentissages en langue anglaise

Last edited: 9/3/20

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