2017 French competitions

On Sunday 20 August, eight of our QAHS French students took part in the annual MLTAQ Speech Competition at Griffith University and on Monday 21 August ten students participated in The Alliance Française Poetry Competition at All Saints Anglican School. Although there were prize winners, the reflections below indicate that winning is not everything and that the value is in the experience. Exemplifying the IB Learner Profile attributes, all students proved to be Knowledgeable, Communicators and Risk Takers and all deserve a big Bravo!

Particular congratulations go to (pictured L-R above):

MLTAQ Speech Competition

  • Natasha Rajkumar – 1st Place, Year 11 French ab initio
  • Aydin Neighbour – 1st Place, Year 10 French ab initio
  • Annabel Jellett – 2nd Place, Year 10 French ab initio
  • Ethan Davidson – 3rd Place, Year 10 French ab initio

Alliance Française Poetry Competition

  • Lisa-Marie Baillette – 2nd Place, Prix francophone

Félicitations à tous!

“My experience at the Alliance poetry competition was fascinating as I got to take risks and experience new challenges, in a different language. I will definitely try it again next year.”
Noor Saadi – Year 10 ab initio


“This experience [Alliance Française Poetry Competition] was definitely worth taking part in, particularly for getting an idea of how the French pronounce their words – so I could pronounce words correctly – and also figuring out how to moderate my Australian accent and use a French accent when an opportunity to speak French becomes present in a real life situation. I believe that it is safe to say that after the experience of rehearsing a poem, I got a sense of how great of a language French is to speak.”
Elliot Fekete –  Year 10 ab initio

“This year, I decided to compete in the annual MLTAQ Speech Competition at Griffith University, putting my French skills to practice in a competitive, yet supportive and encouraging environment. I had an incredibly enjoyable experience, surrounded by enthusiastic language students and passionate teachers and adjudicators. I thank Madame Groner and Madame Soulard for this amazing opportunity, and recommend all students to take part in similar competitions in the future. Merci beaucoup”

Natasha Rajkumar –  Year 11 ab initio

“I had a wonderful experience participating in the Alliance Française Poetry Competition as it allowed me to broaden my knowledge and understanding of French poetry. I also now have a greater appreciation for French literature.”

Lisa-Marie Baillette –  Year 11 French B


“The Alliance Française Poetry Competition was a great opportunity for me to rise to the challenge of memorising a French poem and expanding my skills and knowledge in that area.”
Ezekiel Lubbock – Year 11 ab initio


Madame Wendy Groner
French Teacher