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French-Australian Bilingual School of Brisbane at Tingalpa State School (FABS)

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Channel 9 News

On 9 March the French Bilingual School was featured on Channel 9 News in a story on languages being taught in Queensland Schools. The story can be found on the Channel 9 website

View the Tingalpa French-English Bilingual Program Film.

In 2015 Tingalpa State School implemented a new and exciting initiative. A French- Australian Bilingual program was introduced. This program has the support of Department of Education and Training and the French Ministry of Education via the French Embassy in Canberra.

2017 was a major shift for our program as Education Queensland and French Embassy at Canberra agreed to sign a partnership that led to an AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad) accreditation for the French Australian Bilingual School, for the levels from Prep to currently Year 3. We now are the first and only school in Queensland to achieve the AEFE accreditation and to implement a harmonised French and Australian Curriculum.

We are currently working toward the accreditation of Year 4 by 2021, Year 5 by 2022, and Year 6 by 2023.

Bilingualism has proved steady records of higher academic performances as well as greater personal skills that can be used in various domains of life, not being restricted to the school field. Bilingual students do better at standardised test, go further in their tertiary studies and earn higher income once in the work force than monolingual people. They're also more likely to move further for work opportunities, etc.

Tingalpa State School – French Australian Bilingual School of Brisbane 

(FABS) in 2020

  • Only QLD French program and QLD Excellence program.
  • 80% of French curriculum taught in French, 20% ACARA taught in English (Prep to Year 3), bridges between curricula, languages and cultures.
  • Is part of AAFEBS – Australian Association of French-English Bilingual Schools (+1 school in NZ)
  • Is part of AEFE Asia-Pacific zone
  • Is part of AEFE https://www.aefe.fr/

 

 French Australian Bilingual School - Ratio and subjects

BOEN = Bulletin Officiel de l'Education Nationale = French Education Official Instructions

ACARA = Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

PREP
French language and BOEN curriculumEnglish language and ACARA
80%20%
French, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science and ArtEnglish, Music, Sport

 

Year 1
French language and BOEN curriculumEnglish language and ACARA
80%20%
French, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science and ArtEnglish, Science, Music, Sport

 

Year 2
French language and BOEN curriculumEnglish language and ACARA
80%20%
French, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science and ArtEnglish, Music, Sport, Wellbeing

 

Year 3
French language and BOEN curriculumEnglish language and ACARA
80%20%
French, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science and ArtEnglish, Music, Sport, Wellbeing

 

Year 4

French language and BOEN curriculumEnglish language and ACARA
60%40%
French, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science and ArtEnglish, Music, Sport, Wellbeing

 

 

Year /5/6

French language and BOEN curriculumEnglish language and ACARA
50%50%
French, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Music and ArtEnglish, Mathematics, Science ,Sport, History Geography and Wellbeing

 

In some classes, the students work with two teachers: One teacher instructs in English on the 'English' day and the other instructs in French on the 'French' days.

In "Cycle 2" classes (Year 1 / CP, Year 2 / CE1, Year 3 / CE2) the students have a single teacher who is trained and qualified to teach in both French and English language. These students have a session of English every day, their specialist lessons in English and the French instruction the rest of the time.

French trained, native French speaking teachers have been recruited to work alongside our Australian teachers on this innovative program. All teachers are also required to be Queensland accredited teachers.

 The students in the bilingual class  experience a harmonisation of the French National Curriculum from the BOEN (Bulletin Officiel de l'Education Nationale = French Education Official Instructions) with our Australian ACARA Curriculum. Assessments in French are aligned with the French requirements and assessments in English with the ACARA / QCAA requirements. Families receive an Australian Report card and a French Livret Scolaire Unique.

Eligibility Criteria for Enrolment in French Australian Bilingual Program

If you believe the French Australian Bilingual School is an interest to your family for the education of your child, and if you have the correct documents, please see our Enrolments page for more information on the enrolment process.

 Information on the AEFE network, www.aefe.fr

 To learn more about the enrolment / waitlist process, visit the Enrolling at our school page

 

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Last reviewed 13 August 2020
Last updated 13 August 2020