Ecole Steffie Woima Elementary School held their annual French Cafe, which serves the double purpose of promoting their French immersion program and also to highlight the hard work of their students throughout the year.
Principal Angela Eadie-Gyori was very happy to see the progression of her students’ French language skills.
“It is really cool to watch the kids from Kindergarten to Grade 5 as they progress in their language skills,” she said. “We have had lots of positive feedback about that development over the years.”
The event featured multiple events throughout the evening – all showcasing facets of French language and culture.
“We wanted to include some French culture and French food to try to make it a fun event for our parents and our kids,” Eadie-Gyori said. “It was really successful – our gym was full of people and everyone really enjoyed our evening.”
The event also saw the return of many of Steffie’s former French immersion students.
“Some of our former students came back and volunteered – which was really neat,” Eadie-Gyori said. “We also had a graduated student who now works here. She was one of our early students in one of our first French immersion classes. She shared her experiences, the importance of French immersion and the benefits it has provided for her. That was really neat to hear.”
The current students at Steffie Woima have been working hard throughout the year to show off their efforts at the French Cafe.
“The kids put a tonne of work into preparing for the evening,” Eadie-Gyori said. “They did some skits, some readers’ theatre and some songs. It was a really nice way to hear the language skills of these kids.”
Eadie-Gyori and her staff hope that events like this can help showcase the positive benefits of French immersion.
“We were hoping to spread the word of the positive effects of French immersion and the positive opportunities for the kids to be in the program,” she added.