New school year! Term 1 2024 Newsletter
FANS News: Our Association, Bilingual Education, and Social Events
30 January, 2024 by
New school year! Term 1 2024 Newsletter
FANS Admin Team

Dear families,

Welcome to a new school year! A special welcome to all of the new families joining our community, and best wishes for a positive start for your children.

Hopefully you've had time to relax and have fun over the holidays, and return to school with fresh enthusiasm. Your children have a unique opportunity to learn in two languages, and we are so excited to lead on them on their journey in French. 

For a smooth transition from the holidays back to school, please take note of the upcoming important dates, events, and information in this newsletter.

If you have any questions about the FANS bilingual program or would like to discuss your child at any point, please don't hesitate to contact the staff at the FANS Office, located adjacent to the KHPS office on Tralee Avenue. 

FANS Office: 02 9975 5038
Information about the association, the bilingual program, and high school classes can be found on our website: 

Best regards,

The FANS Team
(French-speaking Association of the North Shore)


New FANS Office phone number

Please update your contacts to reflect the new FANS Office phone number so we can keep in touch: 02 9975 5038 


Greet & Graze: Fri. 16 February

Everyone is invited to gather to catch-up with friends and greet new families at the first FANS social event of the year.

Bring your own food and drinks to share, and children can play in the enclosed Scout Hall garden.

You're welcome to attend a short presentation about the bilingual program, and FANS staff and committee members will be there to answer your questions.

Where: Killarney Heights Scout Hall, Tramore Place
When: Friday 16 February, 2024, 6pm - 8pm


Important Dates 2024


New Families & Welcome Pack

It's nearly your first day at KHPS! Welcome to the community.

All new families with students in Years 1 to 6 can please meet at the KHPS Office on Thursday, 1 Feb., as per the school's email.

All Kindy students will attend a scheduled Best Start Assessment, as per the school's email. 

Have questions? Find all of the answers in the updated FANS Welcome Pack, a key resource for new families joining FANS and KHPS.

Welcome Pack PDF:  

Bilingual Program Fees 2024

As a bilingual program within a public school, we are committed to maintaining an affordable, quality bilingual program. We aim to make bilingualism accessible to all families, and our program fees are very competitive compared with independent and international schools. 

The program fees of $1620 for the Anglophone stream, and $4075 for the Francophone stream represent total revenues of $1.3M, to cover $1.3M of salaries.

With a unique 1:15 average teacher-student ratio, the FANS bilingual program offers great value as an investment in your children’s bilingual education. 

Please carefully read the general terms and conditions of the bilingual program and of the Association.

Intensive French Before School classes (IFBS) 

Intensive French Before School (IFBS) classes are offered by the FANS bilingual program.
These classes are an integral part of the program for Francophone stream students and optional for Anglophone stream students.
The IFBS classes start in Year 1 and continue through Year 6.

IFBS for Francophone stream students

The mandatory IFBS classes for Francophone stream students are on Monday and Thursday mornings for all Francophone stream students for Years 1 - 6.

In 2024, IFBS classes will start at 8:00am and end at 8:45am, to allow for a 15-minute break before the 9am school bell. This change follows the school’s decision to allow for 2 hours of teaching during the morning sessions (from 9 to 11am), when the children are at their best learning capacity.

 The IFBS classes consolidate notions in grammar and conjugation and are an integral part of the Francophone stream bilingual program.

Francophone IFBS classes will start on Thursday 8 Feb. 2024.

A Kindy "garderie" operated by FANS is available during IFBS, Monday and Thursday from 8:00am to 8:30am, for the Kindy siblings of older students attending IFBS. 

Note: There are no IFBS lessons on the first Monday of any Term due to school Pupil Free days.

IFBS for Anglophone stream students  

The optional IFBS classes for Anglophone stream students are on Wednesday mornings for Anglophone stream students for Years 1 - 6.

In 2024, IFBS classes will start at 8:00am and end at 8:45am, to allow for a 15-minute break before the 9am school bell. This change follows the school’s decision to allow for 2 hours of teaching during the morning sessions (from 9 to 11am), when the children are at their best learning capacity.

These optional classes reinforce and deepen students' French language knowledge, and require an additional enrolment to the bilingual program. 

Anglophone IFBS classes will start on Wednesday 7 Feb. 2024.

The annual cost is $500, invoiced following your regular invoicing schedule (annually or quarterly).

To enrol your child in the IFBS Anglophone stream classes, please email with:
            •    your child's full name
            •    their year level in 2024
            •    any allergies or medical conditions

Enrol Now 

L'Etude French Homework Club


To support students with their weekly French homework and lighten the workload at home, FANS offers L’Etude French Homework Club for students in the Francophone stream.

Sessions are led by a Teacher of French and take place every Monday or Thursday, 3:00-4:00pm.

To learn more and to enrol your child in the Etude Homework Club, please email us:
Enrol Now 

For Anglophone stream students, please send us an expression of interest for an Etude homework group for Years 3-6   
Email us

High School Extracurricular Classes 2024

FANS offers bespoke extracurricular classes for High School students from Years 7 - 12.
Classes are located at the Forestville Community Arts Centre (beside the Forestville Library).
To learn more and to enrol, please visit our website:

Enrol Now

DELF Exam Preparation Classes: The DELF is a diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education, via France Education International.

This diploma is internationally recognised, is valid for life, and opens a vast array of opportunities to study in French-speaking universities around the world. A select number of Australian universities will accept your DELF diploma and positively adjust your ATAR result to improve your selection ranking.

Various classes are offered to help students prepare to write the A2, B1 and B2 DELF Junior exams. 

        Learn more

       History Workshop: This exciting workshop focuses on introducing students to French history through conversation, films, documentaries, and current events. The Workshop is taught over 2 years:

Part 1 (2024):  students learn about the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the early French Republics and French Colonisation.

Part 2 (2025):  students learn about the two World Wars, the Cold War and Decolonisation.

Learn More

News & Current Affairs: This new workshop aims at developing students' critical thinking skills by discussing news and current events to better understand the world. 

Learn more


Welcome back everyone!
Bonne rentrée à tous!

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