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Pétanque Picnic in the Park

Sunday 17 November 2019 at 3:00pm

Come and join us for a social game of pétanque on Sunday 17 November from 3.00 pm at Burnum Burnum Sanctuary in Woronora.  Feel free to bring some nibbles and drinks if you like and if you have a set of pétanque balls, please bring those too.  We hope to see you there.

Burnum Burnum Sanctuary, Woronora

Soirée Beaujolais

Friday 22 November 2019 at 7:00 pm

You are invited to join us at our Soirée Beaujolais, a Beaujolais tasting accompanied by sumptuous cheese grazing boards at the Grate Cheese Company in Gymea. Places are limited to 30 guests to it’s first come, first served.

Please confirm your attendance to before you pay to make sure there are still places available.

The cost of the evening is $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

Click here to see the invitation

We hope you can join us.

The Grate Cheese Company, Warburton Street, Gymea.




Les Papotages de FASS

samedi 23 novembre 2019 à 11:00

Venez parler français au café de Monsieur Paisley.

Tous les niveaux sont les bienvenus.  Si vous avez peur de parler, vous pouvez aussi écouter et profiter!

Mr Paisley’s Café, 88 Cawarra Road, Caringbah.

                       December Movie Night

                         Friday 6 December 2019 at 7:00 pm

                                     THE MEASURE OF A MAN

Thierry is unemployed. At the age of 51 and after almost two years of small humiliations in a search for work, he starts a new job that soon brings him face to face with a moral dilemma.

This social fiction could almost be a fly-on-the-wall documentary about what it is to be faced with the consequences of amoral capitalism.  It has earned its main actor, the revered Vincent Lindon, the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Festival and at the Césars in 2015.  La Loi du Marché is in the same category as Two Days, One Night which we have previously screened – it could well be called Survival of the Strongest….

Duration 91 minutes

Rating M

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery,  782 Kingsway, Gymea.

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Les Papotages de FASS

Saturday 9 November 2019 at 10:00 am

Envie de parler français tout simplement ?  Parler de tout et de rien, de la pluie et du beau temps? D’échanger dans la langue de Molière en dehors des classes traditionnelles ?

Alors rejoignez-nous au café de la galerie de Hazelhurst à Gymea pour papoter autour d’un café (ou d’un thé !)

Pas de programme, pas de grammaire et une seule règle: interdiction de parler anglais !

Hazelhurst Gallery Cafe, 782 Kingsway, Gymea.



 november Movie Night

Friday 1 November 2019 at 7:00 pm


A teacher shares a remote mansion with her novelist partner in Romania.  Their weekend idyll is shattered when she awakes to a strange noise and then, with the film playing out in real time, the pair are hunted through their home by hooded stalkers who seem to have no other motive than to kill them.  As they scrabble into nooks and crannies, desperately trying to stay ahead of their assailants, a chilling climax beckons.

All Saints Day, the day after Halloween – is there a better time to watch what could be considered by some as a “horror movie”?  In fact, it’s more like a thriller turning to a nightmare, without a single drop of blood or supernatural effects.  It’s actually the extrapolation of a story which was told to one of the 2 directors by a taxi driver in the Czech Republic.

Duration: 77 minutes

Rating MA

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea.








 Sunday 27 October 2019 at 9:30 am – Mount Mitchell, Stanwell Tops

The walk will start from the Stanwell Tops Conference Center Carpark, crossing two creeks then following the escarpment and returning on the same path.

Duration: About three hours including breaks

Degree of difficulty:  Medium

Where to meet:  Stanwell Tops Conference Centre Carpark in plenty of time for a 9:30 am start.

What to bring: Water, sunscreen, hat and walking shoes.

Please let us know if you plan to join us so we know to expect you.


FASS Annual General Meeting

              Saturday 12 October 2019 

Thank you to all those members who attended and who offered their support and help.  We look forward to another year of fantastic and varied events and to enjoying all things French with you.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any suggestions of feedback, if you would like to be involved with any aspect of our association, or with the organisation of specific events.

The FASS committee for the coming year is as follows:

Marc: President, Sponsorship coordinator

Sandie: Secretary

Bruce : Treasurer

Bob: Public Officer, Intermediate Conversation

Anyes: Education coordinator, Events coordinator

Anne: Membership, Associations liaison, Website and social media

Olivier: Film club, Beginners conversation

Christine: Committee secretary

Greg: Associations liaison

Helen: Committe



The 2019 FASS – Dominelli Renault Awards for excellence in Year 12 French

In light of our aim to promote the French language in our area, FASS is very happy to present awards again this year to the top Year 12 French students in Sutherland Shire High Schools.  These awards have been made possible by our GOLD Sponsor, Dominelli Renault in Kirrawee.

This year, the awards have gone to 3 deserving students at Woolooware, Caringbah and Kirrawee High Schools.

We wish these students all the very best as they prepare to sit their HSC exams.  We congratulate them on their hard work and excellent results in French and we hope that their interest in French will continue in the future.


A French Themed Theatrical Concert

Sunday 15 September at 3:00pm

The ROH is a fun loving Sutherland Shire-based choir which performs a varied repertoire of Renaissance and Medieval Songs as well as classical choral music.

Click here for more information about the ROH.

FASS is pleased to be organising  a group booking for the matinee session of their next performance, Rendez-Vous,  which is a concert of French themed song, dance and music.

We hope you can join us – please contact us at to book your seat.

The performance will take place at the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts, with plenty of available parking and easy access by both train and bus.

Sutherland Memorial School of Arts, 25 East Parade, Sutherland.



Winter Crepes

Sunday 4 August 2019

What a great day it was – beautiful weather, delicious crepes with a variety of toppings and cider to wash them down, activities for the children, music and great company.  Thank you to everyone who came along – old friends and new, to all the volunteers who worked hard all day, and to Taren Point Public School for hosting our event.

Click here to see the photos


 Sunday 18 August 2019

It was a beautiful morning at Kurnell for our walk of the Cape Baily track up to the lighthouse and back.  The landscapes were beautiful, the views spectacular, and to top it all off, we even saw a few whales on the way back.



Bastille Day Lunch

Sunday 14 July 2019

Our Bastille Day lunch was hosted this year by the Diggers Club RSL Miranda and was well supported by over 50 FASS members and guests. The chef, Andrew, prepared a delicious and beautifully presented menu for the occasion.

Corinne Andrew and her trio entertained us with delightful French music and songs were French, many of which were well-known to all.

This was one of our most enjoyable Bastille Day events ever.

Click here to see the photos.





An afternoon with Catherine Rey

Sunday 30 June 2019

This afternoon, FASS members enjoyed a presentation by Catherine Rey who came to talk to us about her most recent novel, and her first written in English “The Lovers”, published in 2018.

The audience  was captivated to learn about the intimate and very personal process of writing, from the creation of the book, through to its publication.

Catherine spoke to us about her personal experiences and how meetings, places, people and other works of art affected and challenged her, and became an integral part of the characters in her novel.

Thank  you Catherine for this fascinating and touching presentation.

Click here to listen to the interview of Catherine Rey on the ABC Radio National in September 2018

Click here to listen to a performance of The Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen that Catherine spoke to us about and that is so important to her.

“French Enlightenment in Australia”

Friday 31 May 2019

Miranda Diggers Club hosted a fantastic presentation by Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM on Friday 31 May.  His talk touched on some little known aspects of how the French influenced the development of the Australian economy in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Those present learned about how some ingenious and enterprising Frenchmen contributed to solving the problems caused by plagues of rabbits, and to allowing the exportation of Australian meat by sea.  The presentation was fascinating and Professor Clancy’s enthusiasm and humour won over the audience.  Thanks to the FASS committee for organising such a great event, for Miranda Diggers RSL Club for hosting it, and especially to Professor Clancy for sharing his passion with us.



La Belle Vie French Market

Sunday 5 May 2019  – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Our second fundraising market was a fantastic day, despite the wild weather that interrupted us somewhat in the earlier afternoon.  The crowds came early however, and all our stall holders were doing great business from the start.  There was fabulous food on offer  as well as a fantastic variety of beautiful things, all with a French connection.  Our musicians and our special displays completed the French experience.  The Citroen Car Club of NSW was back with a selection of magnificent iconic cars, the Meccano Modellers Association of Sydney had prepared a lovely display of models for the delight of young and old, Boules Artistes Petanque Club was on hand to show us the finer points of this great French game and our local artists gave the market that Montmartre feel.   THANK YOU you to all our generous sponsors for their support – without you, the market would not be possible:  GOLD sponsors: Design Choice Enterprises, Diggers Miranda and Dominelli Renault, SILVER sponsors: Canal + Australie, Dr Lionel Chang, GJ Fine Foods and Granite Transformations Caringbah, and our BRONZE sponsor GFATN.  See the sponsors tab of our website for more information about these businesses.  THANK YOU to all our stall holders for bringing us such an amazing choice of fabulous things and for your good humour and joie de vivre. THANK YOU to the community who came to visit us in their thousands, and enjoyed the French atmosphere and everything that was on offer. THANK YOU to all the local businesses, organisations and individuals that willingly supported and helped us in so many different ways, from displays on the day, donations for raffle and peoples’ choice prizes, to supply of goods and services to help the market run smoothly: Allegria Designs, AP Performers, Bitton Gourmet Oatley, Blue Illusion Cronulla, Bunnings Caringbah,  Calvo Construct, Canon Australia, Citroen Car Club of NSW, Tony Corben, Eckersley’s Art and Craft Caringbah, Anne-Marie Fryziuk, David Greig from McGrath Estate Agents, Kennards Hire Taren Point, Laguiole Australia, Lou’s Produce, Mecccano Modellers Association Sydney, Petit Haricote, Repco Australia Taren Point, Shire Farmers’ Market, Shire Talk, Sutherland Shire Council and Mayor Carmelo Pesce, TSW-Plant Based Beauty and the Eat Graze Co.  Finally a massive THANK YOU  to all the volunteers from FASS and Taren Point Public School who gave their time and energy to the organisation and the running of the market. The funds raised go towards supporting the French language and French immersion programmes running at Taren Point Public School. This support helps to ensure the sustainability of the programmes and provide valuable resources for the school. Taren Point Public School is only one of three public schools in New South Wales that are members of the Australian Association of French-English Bilingual Schools and we are very proud of our achievements in creating and maintaining these programmes.  Merci merci merci à tous – we hope to see you all again next year on Sunday 3 May 2020 !

Click here to see some photos of the day  and click here to see market report.



Pétanque Picnic in the Park !

Sunday 9 December 2018

Last Sunday nearly 30 fans of pétanque (boules) got together to enjoy a game or two and a picnic lunch, on a glorious sunny afternoon at the Burnum Burnum Sanctuary in Woronora.

Our friends Gary and Heidi from the Boules Artistes Pétanque Club were on hand to help us with technique and strategy and even those who were complete beginners soon picked it up.   The success of this premiere was such that we hope to make this a regular event over the summer months which will be open to all comers.

If you are interested, just keep an eye on our website and on the Facebook page – FASS – Francophone Association of Southern Sydney.

Click here to see the photos


Beaujolais nouveau Tasting

Thursday 15 November 2018

About 16 of us gathered at ‘Beyond the Label’ wine bar in Miranda Fair in the early evening of November 15th.  This date is significant as the French  Beaujolais Nouveau is always released to the public on the same day all over the world—quite a feat of logistics.

We were given two glasses of different character together with some preserved meats and a variety of cheeses, while wine expert Jim McMahon explained the origins of this custom and what to appreciate in the wines.  Never having been at such an event before made it a new and enjoyable social experience for Mary and myself.

I have never really taken an interest in wine appreciation before, in fact felt a bit alienated from the topic, but Jim’s talk was engaging and enlightening and as a result I felt that wine appreciation is a bit less mysterious!



The French Association of Southern Sydney (FASS) teamed with Miranda RSL and Jim McMahon, international wine expert, to bring a taste of Provence to the Shire.

On Thursday the 20th of September, over sixty gourmets gathered in the McKenna Hall to savour a four course dinner inspired by the cuisine of southern France and created by Executive Chef, Mr Andrew Harper.  The dishes were matched with French wines selected by Jim McMahon.

It was a delightful evening.  The traditional red, white and blue decor was complemented with lavender and Provencal themes and Hilary’s magnificent photographs of the region screened in the background.  The menu was delicious as were the accompanying wines that had been chosen especially to complement the dishes.  Jim McMahon introduced the wines for us with wit and good humour, and told us of how he became involved in the world of wine and food.  All the while, Christelle entertained us with favourite French songs.  The atmosphere and excellent food and wines led to a lot of laugher and animated conversations.

FASS is grateful to its sponsors, supporters and members who enabled us to organise such a special event, and who help us to promote French culture in the Shire.  It was a honour to have Mrs Jane Luang among our guests, representing one of our sponsors, Dr Lionel Chang, Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.  We were also delighted to welcome Mr John Rowan, President of the Diggers Club who hosted a table of Directors and their spouses.  A special thank you goes to the Miranda RSL, who is another of our sponsors, and with whom we hope to share many more French social and cultural adventures.

Click here to see the photos

Photos by Y’v & Co. PROduct.

Photo Y’v & Co. PRODuct.


Picture: John Veage

Taren Point Public School becomes a member of AAFEBS – the Australian Association of French-English Bilingual Schools

The French immersion programme at Taren Point Public School which is supported by FASS has now been recognised by the French authorities.  The bilingual programme has qualified the school to become a member of the Australian Association of French-English Bilingual Schools (AAFEBS).  Taren Point Public School is one of three NSW schools and 15 Australia-wide to receive this recognition.

The parent-funded program enables participating pupils to be taught the Australian curriculum in French.  Principal Trent Bridgland says the membership will strengthen the school’s immersion program through resource expansion, professional learning and the support of a bilingual school network.  “It will also ensure our school and program is recognised by both our local community and at a national level,” he said.  “We are pleased to be able to offer it in both Kindergarten and year 1 in 2019 and look forward to expanding the program to all year levels in the coming years.”