FANS is a dynamic not-for-profit organisation that was created in 1998 with a clear purpose:
● Educate the children of francophone families in French,
● Maintain a family’s native culture and language while living in Australia, and
● Share that language and culture with the community.
Today, over 20 years later, FANS has grown and evolved to include:
● A modern, quality primary school French-English bilingual program, with two streams to educate both Francophone and Anglophone students in French,
● A vibrant association of 800 members, employing 15 teachers of French,
● French classes for secondary level students,
● Annual cultural events for the entire community to enjoy.
What we do
the French language and francophone cultures amongst families residing on the North Shore and Northern Beaches of Sydney.
fun cultural and social events for FANS members, and hosts an annual French Market to share the French language and cultures with the broader community.
Manage and fund
the French bilingual program at Killarney Heights Public School, in close partnership with the School’s executive team.
Create and teach
unique courses for secondary school students, to support learning in French during the high school years.
Our committee is made of volunteers elected for a 12-month period during our Annual General Meeting. Each committee member brings their enthusiasm, skills and passion for bilingualism.
Janos Jersch, President
Janos arrived in Sydney 8 years ago and has two children enrolled with FANS. He is a television director-producer and also leads a promotional video agency, bringing his communication expertise to the association. Serving as FANS president and vice-president since 2018, he has a thorough understanding of the association and is passionate about bilingualism and education.
Clémence Duprat, Vice-President
Arrived in 2008 as a translator, Clémence has worked in global companies providing accessibility services. She is passionate about languages and education and holds a Master of Teaching Primary. She has two children at KHPS and has experienced first-hand the work and initiatives implemented by FANS. She joined the committee in 2020 as French Market Leader and was elected vice-president at the 2021 AGM.
Sophie Le Gall, Treasurer
Sophie has been living in Sydney since 2011, after a few years working in Spain. She acquired a Certified Practising Accountant degree in Australia and is currently employed in a large Australian company as a Finance Manager. She has two sons at KHPS who participate in the bilingual program and the extra curriculum activities proposed by FANS. She was elected at the AGM in June 2022.
Isabelle Dellerba, Secretary
Isabelle first landed in Sydney in 2012. She works as a journalist for French media. Her 2 children were born in Australia. The oldest one is enrolled in the Killarney Heights Public School bilingual program. She has always been interested in bilingual education. Isabelle was elected at the AGM in June 2022.
Terrence Moloney, Public Officer
Terrence moved to Sydney from New Jersey in 2015. Prior to that he lived in Canada, Singapore, London, New York and Tokyo. He is a lawyer specialising in U.S. securities laws and works at a firm here in Sydney. His two children attended KHPS and his son continues to be enrolled in FANS’ after school classes. He became the FANS Public Officer in 2018.
Jérémy Dupuit, Communications
Jérémy has two kids currently at KHPS and one daughter in Year 7 taking Histoire-Géo lessons with FANS. Jérémy joined the FANS committee in 2020. He brings strong system implementation experience to support the implementation of a new Customer Relationship System, and also brings leverage to revamp the FANS website and communications.
Xavier Heyman, Sponsors
Xavier arrived in Australia in 2009. He has twin girls enrolled at KHPS. Xavier has always been involved in the French community in Australia. Xavier brings business development skills. He is also a qualified lawyer in Australia and France. In another life, he worked in the music and TV industry.
Business Development & Governance
Ewa arrived in Australia in 2013. She has two boys in the bilingual program at KHPS. As a life-science executive and with her experience on other boards, Ewa joins the FANS committee with an enthusiasm to contribute to the business development & governance of the association.
Marine Hautemont, New Families
Marine arrived in Australia in 2001, and has two girls enrolled in the bilingual program at KHPS. As co-founder of AIM Overseas, she has a wealth of experience in the student exchange space and understands the assistance families needs when relocating. Marine welcomes new families to the FANS community and ensures their integration is successful.
Our Admin Team
First points of contact for our members and partners, our dedicated admin team is here to ensure the smooth delivery of FANS offering in accordance with our vision and values.
Anne Bentley, General Manager
Anne moved to Australia 10 years ago, after living in New Caledonia, France, Ireland and Hong Kong. The choice of Killarney Heights was evident when settling in Sydney, so her child could benefit from a bilingual education. Before working for FANS, Anne worked in Communications, Marketing and Events in the corporate world. She enjoys working in an association setting, dedicating her working hours to providing services the members enjoy. She loves the buzz of the French Market and is regularly in awe of the students’ enthusiasm regarding their French learning.
Aurélie Favennec, Admin Officer
Aurélie has lived over 15 years in Australia, searching for the sun after some years in England and Wales. Aurélie started working for FANS in 2016 and has two children in the bilingual program. She previously worked in event management, marketing and communications, and office management. She believes that speaking several languages allows an open mind on the world, on different cultures, bringing an understanding of people and hopefully leading to empathy.
Communications & Events Officer
Jessica grew-up in Ontario, Canada, where she participated in French Immersion classes and student exchange programs to Quebec and France to become bilingual. She previously worked in Journalism and Television Production before finding a passion for Communications in Education. Jessica and her family left the snowy winters of Montreal to call Australia home in 2016. Thanks to the FANS program, her children are growing up to be bilingual.