SPRING Newsletter 2015-2016 School Year
Even though spring officially arrives the third week of March, there is still snow on the ground in many parts of Canada at that time.
Sheltered from the wind, like Astrid from Mexico sitting on the patio at her host family’s home in Dieppe, you can still feel the sun getting warmer and pretend that summer is almost here!
Since the beginning of the second semester at the end of January, our international students have made a lot of progress and their proficiency in French is quite remarkable!
In addition to working hard in their studies, they've also been busy with extra-curricular activities at school, in their communities and with their host families and friends.
The beginning of May in Atlantic Canada marks the start of lobster season!
Our office is located in Shediac, a small coastal town in the south-east of the province, also known as The Lobster Capital of the World; so, we have a particular affection for the tasty crustacean.
On Mother’s Day, many families traditionally celebrate the occasion with a meal of lobster and freshly picked fiddlehead greens.
Paulina from Germany got to try both for the very first time! The Grade 11 student from Germany attends Aux quatre vents High School in Dalhousie in the northern part of the province.
PHOTO from left to right: Host mother Maryse Bélanger, host brother Maxime Gagnon and his partner Saki, and Paulina enjoying her very first lobster! And many thanks to host Dad, Luc Gagnon, who took the picture.
2016 SUMMER CAMP — Still time to register!
Our two-week French immersion summer camp will take place from August 10th to the 24th on campus at the Université de Moncton.
Students attend three hours of classes every morning. In the afternoons and evenings, they get to practise their French, while doing all kinds of fun activities discovering Maritime Canada and our Acadian culture.
Check out our promotional video!
The camp is offered to participants enrolled in a French school in New Brunswick through our program in September, as well as these interested in a short-term French immersion experience. (Age group: 12–18 yrs.old)
For more information, CLICK HERE to open a PDF version of our 2016 Summer Camp Brochure in English. (In French CLICK HERE)
Maria runs 260 km relay between Quebec City and Montreal!
Last weekend, Maria and her 35 team mates from the Cité des Jeunes A.-M. Sormany in Edmundston participated in the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie.
The goal of the race is to promote well-being and physical fitness with the teams within each education establishment, and for the participants to become role models for other young people.
They’ve been training all year to meet this challenge, along with participants from 135 schools, colleges and universities from the neighbouring province of Quebec (and a few from New Brunswick).
Despite the cold and the rain, there was tremendous team spirit and a wonderful sense of accomplishment, as Maria completed her part in this relay race, running more than 260 km between Quebec City and Montreal.
Au Revoir Saskia!
Saskia from Germany attended Grade 10 for the 1st semester at the Cité des Jeunes A.-M. Sormany High School in Edmundston. On the eve of her return home at the end of January, her classmates and her art teacher, Marie-Line Noël, gave her a warm send off. (Photo : Saskia is in the back row, 4th from the left.)
Saskia also wrote an excellent article in French in the school newspaper “Le Wishka” about her experience in Canada. See excerpt below:
L’expérience d’une vie au Canada
La fin de janvier est presque arrivée et c’est le temps pour moi de partir, de retourner en Allemagne. J’habite ici, au Canada, depuis six mois. Arrivée en août, trois saisons sont passées : l’été, l’automne et l’hiver.
En général, les saisons sont semblables, sauf l’hiver qui est plus froid avec plus de neige ici en comparaison avec ma région.
En général, les saisons sont semblables, sauf l’hiver qui est plus froid avec plus de neige ici en comparaison avec ma région.
Pendant l’été, j’ai découvert de nouvelles choses comme le «tubing» sur un lac avec l’aide d’une moto marine. Ma famille d’accueil m’a montré Montréal où on a visité La Ronde et on a marché dans le Vieux-Montréal.
L’automne au Canada est très impressionnant à cause des montagnes qui changent lentement de couleurs. J’ai passé une journée au Mont-Farlagne pour fêter «la Journée des Couleurs». En plus, je suis restée une semaine à Ottawa où habite une grosse partie de la famille de ma mère d’accueil. Une de mes activités préférées était la marche dans le bois dans le Sentier du Prospecteur. CLICK HERE to read the full article. Photo: Maria Ale from Mexico and Saskia.
March Break in Quebec City
Every year, some of our program students travel to the Quebec City area during March Break. The trip is offered in partenership with the province's international student program in English schools. The students visit many interesting historical sites and do outdoor winter activities, like downhill skiing and snowboarding. Visit the NBISP Facebook Page for more photos!
Family time for Patricio during March Break
Patricio from Mexico, a Grade 8 student at l’Arc-en-ciel middle School in Oromocto, travelled to the Saguenay Region of the province of Quebec with his host family during March Break. They did all kinds of outdoor activities, including snowmobiling.
Patricio has also made friends with the Canadian winter. As you can tell from watching this video taken by his host father, he’s having lots of fun playing in the snow with his host brother, even doing backflips!
CLICK on the IMAGE to watch the video!
Hockey, Canada's National Sport!
Ana Carmen Meets a Mascot
As you may know, hockey was invented in Canada quite a while ago, at the beginning of the 1800s. The community of Windsor in our neighbouring province of Nova Scotia is known as the Birthplace of Hockey.
In addition to the NHL (National Hockey League), where both Canadian and U.S. teams compete for the Stanley Cup, there are many local and regional leagues.
The city of Moncton’s Wildcats play in the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League), and Ana Carmen recently attended a home game at the Moncton Coliseum. The Grade 10 student at L’Odyssée High School also got the chance to pose with the team mascot!
Paulina on the Ice
It was a special occasion for Paulina, a Grade 11 student at Aux quatre vents High School in Dalhousie.
She and a group of other students from Germany attending the local English school got a chance to lace-up their skates for a practice session with the Campbellton Tigers, the local Junior A hockey team.
Our program’s students in the Campbellton-Dalhousie area are often invited to participate in activities organized by the NBISP homestay coordinator, and we thank her for providing the information and photo.
(Photo credit: Sally Frees, NBISP)
Kiyo and Kevin Officiate at a Women’s Hockey Tournament
Two of our international students attending the Polyvalente Roland-Pépin High School participated in the 5th Annual Women’s provincial hockey tournament. Girls from seventeen hockey teams from across the province took to the ice at the Campbellton Civic Centre at the end of January.
Kiyo, a grade 11 student from Japan, has a beautiful voice. She was honoured to have been invited to sing the Canadian national anthem. According to our sources, the audience was really impressed! Kevin from Mexico (Grade 10) then joined her for the official puck drop. (Photo credit: Polyvalente Roland-Pépin Facebook Page)
Our host families and communities offer a welcoming and unforgettable experience to the international students that come to study French in our province. They also build friendships and bonds that last for years to come, and here is just one example!
Friedrich from Germany attended the Polyvalente Roland-Pépin High School in Campbellton during the second semester last year. In March, less than a year after he left Canada, he was back for a two-week visit.
While he was here, Friedrich and his host grandmother Donalda Maltais—whom he now considers as his adoptive grandmother—got a chance to celebrate their birthdays together, his 16th and her 74th.
It was an extra special occasion for them both!
Kevin Goes Ice Fishing
Cutting a hole in the ice to fish smelt is a popular winter activity on the tributaries of the Restigouche River in northern New Brunswick. And, although Kevin doesn’t particularity like the cold or eating fish, the Grade 10 student from Mexico had a great time catching, cleaning and preparing the small fish during an outing with local host father Luc Gagnon. He even tasted a small bite!
An overview of Mexico with Maria Munozcano
Seventeen-year-old Maria recently met with students from four Grade 2 classes at a primary school in Edmundston to talk about her country, her city and daily life in Mexico.
She’s a Grade 10 student at Cité des Jeunes A.-M. Sormany High School.
Maria also explained to the journalist from the local newspaper (CLICK here to read the online version of the article in French), why she decided to come to Canada to study French.
“My mom was reticent about this adventure and my dad thought that the experience would be beneficial for me. I wanted to learn a third language, French, and to live a Canadian experience. At the beginning all I could say was ‘merci’, but with the help of my host family and friends, I learned pretty quickly.” *
Maria was invited to speak at the primary school, because learning about other countries and cultures is part of the Grade 2 curriculum. For the teacher, having a real person stand up in class and talk about their country is much more authentic than reading about it in a book.
Andrea, Astrid and Elizabeth present to Grade One students in Dieppe
Three of our international students from Mexico at the Mathieu-Martin High School in Dieppe also prepared a presentation about their country for Grade one students at a primary school in their community.
Giant Pillow Fight!
This is an excellent way to avoid a mess of feathers in the bedroom! As a group activity, our students from the south-east of the province took part in the International Pillow Fight Day, which took place on April 2nd at the Riverfront Park in Moncton.
Organized by Festival Inspire, this was a first time a New Brunswick city has taken part in this annual event. Tens of thousands of people from more than 100 cities around the world participated this year. The goal is to promote the urban playground movement and free, fun, all ages, public “happenings” to partially replace passive, non-social experiences, like watching television. It was a nice warm day, and everyone had a lot of fun! Photo on right : Shediac area students, Bjarne from Germany and Juan from Mexico, have a go at it one on one.
Elizabeth Loves Rugby!
This year, Elizabeth, a Grade 11 student at Mathieu-Martin High School in Dieppe, is part of the girl’s rugby team.
Photo: Elizabeth is the girl holding the ball!
Many of our international students take part in sports activities. All schools offer sports activities at lunchtime or after classes, and many have teams that participate at the regional or provincial level in several disciplines.
International students are on the same playing field as any other student at the school.Usually this involves a practice and training program for several weeks, and then the opportunity to try out for the team.
From mid-February to the beginning of April, the Mexican student and her teammates trained for two hours, three days a week.
Once the season started, they practised two days a week, and played games against other teams.
Their first tournament was in Saint John on April 8th and 9th. We wish Elizabeth and her team the best of luck for their last game on May 24th against Moncton High School!
Local homestay coordinators, André and Sylvie Goguen organized this special outing for the Shediac and Moncton-Dieppe area students at the beginning of May. Mystery Moncton is a real three-dimensional escape room, based on online versions.
The boys’ team was able to escape with 11 minutes to spare. The girls almost made it, but still had two challenges to overcome. It was a day full of surprises and a few startled screams, it was a great activity for team building and having fun!
Kiyo on the Radio!
Kiyo from Japan participated in a radio program that was recorded last week at her school, the Polyvalente Roland-Pépin in Campbellton. She was one of eight students selected to talk with the show’s host, who was very impressed with her proficiency in French, given that she couldn’t speak a word of it at the beginning of the school year. Kiyo has studied hard and also seems to have a facility for learning languages, which is what she plans to continue when she goes to university next year.
The program #MéchanteJournée will air during the summer on Radio-Canada. We will share the date and links on our Facebook page once the schedule is announced.
An Incredible Canadian Experience
As you can see, our international students have been busy with all sorts of extracurricular and school activities. This is our last Newsletter of the school year, and there are only a few more weeks left until their incredible Canadian experience comes to an end. Time sure flies by when you’re busy learning a new language, having fun with new friends, and discovering a new culture!
Our end of year activity, a First Nations experience at Metepenagiag Lodge in the Miramichi region, is coming up June 11–12. Be sure to visit our Facebook page for photo highlights! (Photo credit: Metepenagiag Lodge website)
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Suzanne GAGNON, Director
New Brunswick French International Student Program
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Shediac, NB E4P 2E8 CANADA
Office: (506) 533-3646
Cell: (506) 533-6381