La Découverte: bilingual school programme in Christchurch [fr]

Canterbury’s french-speaking families are able to provide their children bilingual education with three days a week taught in French.

The concept

’La Découverte’ is the first French-English bilingual educational programme in New Zealand’s South Island. The programme is offered in a public school and follows the Frenz model which has been in place in Auckland for 20 years.

This project is possible through the support of a Christchurch parents’ committee, the financial assistance of members of the French Government and the partnership with the Frenz School Inc association.


The programme’s objective is to support the children in their bilingual learning so they can read, write and speak fluently in both languages, particularly in French. It’s also an opportunity for the children to develop their cultural knowledge.

Burnside Primary School

Burnside Primary School is a Year 1-6 public school based in Ilam, beside Cobham Intermediate and the Jelly Park Swimming and Sports Complex. It is also close to Burnside High School and the University of Canterbury.
The 280 children (who are 5 to 11 years old) bring a cultural richness with them, from 40 Nations. The School Values celebrate this diversity and provides an exciting, safe and welcoming environment for all.

The team

Established in 2016, the Christchurch parents’ committee has seven members, including three teachers. The team is a sub-committee of Frenz and aims to support the school and the pupils who join the bilingual programme.


Christchurch Committee
For more information on the project you can contact the committee by email :

Sonia Chaker
La Découverte committee president
Ph. +6421 048 5098

Florian Maisonneuve
La Découverte committee secretary
Ph. +6421 082 88487

La Découverte Facebook Group

Burnside Primary School

Frenz School Inc

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Dernière modification : 15/01/2019

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