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.
Marianne Alla, Events
Marianne arrived in Australia in the early 1990s but has spent several years in France between now and then. She has 3 children at KHPS, all 3 enrolled in the French program for the last 4 years. Marianne has worked in the film and film-festival industries for many years and today brings her expertise and support into FANS cultural and events initiatives.
Emilie Waiss, Welcome Officer
Emilie has been in Australia for 15 years, and a FANS member for 11 years. Both of her children are part of the program. She welcomes families newly enrolled with FANS, helping them settle in with the new school life, offering a wide range of advice. With her PE teacher and wellbeing coach skills, she offers a great support knowledge to this dynamic community.
Coralie Andrade, French Market
Coralie has 3 children and arrived in Australia from Madrid-Spain in 2016. Since then she has been involved in the organisation of the French Market, initially looking after logistics, and later as the French Market Leader within the FANS Committee. For a time, she’s also been part of the Primary School sub-Committee. She sits on FANS Committee as a General Member.
Our Admin Team
First point of contacts 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 manages the day to day operations of FANS including the relation with KHPS, our teaching staff and our members.
Aurélie Favennec, Admin Officer
Aurélie handles among other things members enquiries, communications, students enrolments and invoicing.