Baguettes and berets for competition winner

Baguettes and berets for competition winner

Friday 18 November

St Hilda’s Year 12 student Celeste Kalnenas will soon be ordering croissants and coffee at a Parisian cafe after winning first place in the WA Alliance Française competition.

The prize includes a return trip to Paris where she can practise speaking French like a local.

“With my prize I’ll be able to go to Paris in the summertime in June next year. I imagine it will look very beautiful,” Celeste said.

Celeste has been studying French for more than half of her life, with 12 years of study behind her.

“All students from Year 10 – 12 have to do the Alliance Française exam, but even if I had the choice I would still do it,” Celeste said.

“It’s very good preparation for the WACE exam and you should take every opportunity to listen to French.”

On her way to Paris she hopes to stop over in Mauritius to explore the French-speaking island before travelling on to live as the French do.

Congratulations to Year 11 student Lizzy Yu for placing third in the state, Year 10 student Angela Bourne for placing fourth in the state and Ophelia Sciano for the first prize for Background Speakers in the Primary School Poetry Recitation Competition.

“Félicitations to Celeste and all of the girls on their achievement.  C’est magnifique,” said French teacher Madame Jane Putigny.

“To come so far in a competition that involved so many students across the state is an incredible accomplishment and a testament to the enthusiastic engagement of our students with the St Hilda’s French program.”

The Alliance Française exam comprises a written component where students must understand French in the written and spoken form.

Once the results from the written examination are calculated, the top students are invited to take part in the oral interview. Five people per year group are chosen based on their combined score.