Friday Funday, en Français!

The French Immersion half of Brantford wrapped up the week in a big screen way as our 159 students boarded school buses bound for Cineplex Cinemas Metropolis to celebrate the French Film Festival with all the other French Immersion students in the Burnaby School District.

Excitement filled l’air, as it had been three long pandemic years (almost to the date!), since the Canadian Parents for French* (CPF) organization hosted and sponsored this fun annual event. From Kindies to Grads, our participating students enjoyed watching La Course Des Tuques (2019).

Ready, set, snow! Frankie and Sophie challenge newcomers Zac and Charlie to an epic sled race, only to break down right before the finish line. Convinced that Zac cheated, Frankie demands a rematch and raises the stakes by betting his team’s clubhouse. Frankie and the gang build a spectacular new race track and the stage is set for the biggest race of the season.

Helping to cover half the cost of the buses that conveniently and safely shuttled our students door to door, the dedicated volunteers of CPF coordinated with the theatre and all the French Immersion schools in our city.

Though this event was held for our French students, CPF hosts others that are open to English and French speakers alike. Patinage de NOËL back in December was one of them, when everyone was invited to Scotia Barn for a family skate before the holidays. It also offers summer camps for French learners, free or discounted classes for both children and adults throughout the year, and even a grant of up to $500 for schools to showcase a French performance. Email PAC if you know an artist we should feature!

*Canadian Parents for French (CPF) promotes and creates French second language learning opportunities for young Canadians. For more info, or to become a member, visit the national site at or the Burnaby Chapter site at