French speech contest delayed a month

Due to low enrolment, the “Concours d’art oratoire 2000” French speech contest has been pushed back a month, with the new date being April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Emo Inn.
It initially had been slated for March 7.
Although only a handful of students have signed up so far, Ron Fryer, curriculum co-ordinator for the Northwest Catholic District School Board, remains confident more entries will come in given the success of last year’s contest.
“Basically, this gives students a chance to practice both oral and written French,” he noted. “It also gives the opportunity to get up and stand in front of people, which we all know can be a little nerve-wracking.
“But hopefully they can learn what to do, and what not to, for the future–it’s really a valuable experience for students,” Fryer stressed.
Students compete in two categories–Core French and French Immersion.
There will be three winners in each category, who will receive plaques. But Fryer said all participants will receive “a little something else” for their efforts.
The public is welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served.
“It’s a limited amount of space but hopefully we’ll get a good number of people out to have a good time,” noted Fryer.
As well, the contest is co-sponsored by both school boards as well as the local Canadian Parents for French, who will sponsor the two winners of each category to compete in “Le concours/festival d’art oratoire” in Toronto on May 6.
Flights and accommodations will be paid for by the local CPF.