French Baccalaureat (2019)

French Stream BACCALAURÉAT

Première et Terminale at Narrabundah College

The French Baccalauréat (Bac) is the diploma that marks the completion of a French program and follows the curriculum guidelines established by the French Ministry of Education. It is a demanding pre-university program taught entirely in French.

In Canberra, there is one French entity called the Lycée Franco-Australien that delivers the French curriculum from Kindergarten (Grande Section de Maternelle) to Year 12 (Terminale). The students start at Telopea Park School and finish at Narrabundah College.

A New Bac for 2021

From 2021, a reform of the French baccalaureate will give meaning and strength to the exam to enable students to better prepare for success in higher education.

The 3 main objectives of the reform are:

- simplify the exam

- better value the work of students. The examination will take into account the work of the student during her/his year of Premiere and Terminale. At present, students are assessed for the baccalaureate in a single week.

- better support high school students in their post bac studies and project with more hours dedicated to guidance and more freedom in the choice of subjects that appeal to them.

New organisation: no more S and L streams

The classes will consist of:

- A broad core of common culture, humanistic and scientific studies, to prepare them to the challenges of the future.

- Specialty courses chosen by the student and accentuated between Premiere and Terminale (three specialty courses in Premiere then two in Terminale amongst the three undertaken in Premiere). These subjects have significant schedules to offer ambitious programs and to give students time for learning.

For le Lycée Français de Canberra, students will be able to choose three of these specialities, one from each pair:

For the new version of the Bac (2020), the final mark will take in account:

- Ongoing assessments

- Final examinations

- An oral exam

The new bac takes into account the work of the student during the two years.

Life at Narrabundah College

Accompagnement personnalisé :

This is one hour per week. We organise different sessions on :

- Self confidence

- Meditation

- Stress management

- Further studies information

- Meeting with ex-students

- Group cohesion : dance, ceramic

- Work around society : citizens rights, men/women cliché

Excursions :

- ANU : laboratories visits, meeting with scientists

- Geology excursion for the Y11

- Forum des metiers in Sydney for the Y12

- Visit to the National Australian Museum with a workshop around Aboriginal rights

We also often receive visits at school from scientist or authors who come to share their knowledge and experience with the students.

Course Load/Hours – Extra-curriculum activities

Lycée students often carry a course load of around 30 hours per week, with a corresponding amount of homework. School hours vary, but normally run from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. We do encourage students to be active citizens, participate in sports events or cultural activities outside of school hours.

Any questions ?

Floriane MICHEL (French Bac coordinator) : floriane.michel@ed.act.edu.au

David BINAN (Proviseur) : david.binan@ed.act.edu.au