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Pétanque

Sunday 10 March 2019 at 4:00 pm

Come and join us for a social game of pétanque on Sunday 10 March 2019 from 4pm 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.

 

 

 Papotages
Saturday 9 March 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

 

March Movie Night

Friday 1 March 2019 at 7:00pm

THE NAMES OF LOVE 

Bahia Benmahmoud, a free-spirited young woman, has a particular way of seeing political engagement, and she doesn’t hesitate to sleep with those who disagree with her in order to convert them to her.  Generally, it works pretty well until she meets Arthur Martin, a discreet forty-something who doesn’t like raking risks ….

Rated MA

Duration: 100 minutes

Hazelhurst Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea

February Movie Night

Friday 8 February 2019 at 7:00pmplease note the change of date for this month only

THE VALET

A Parisian valet loves a woman who rejects him: she’s in debt to open a bookshop, and he’s not her ideal man. A billionaire two-times his wealthy wife with his beautiful young supermodel mistress. To draw the paparazzi and his wife off the trail of adultery, and to give his lawyer time to arrange a divorce that won’t cost him a fortune, the billionaire pays the supermodel and the valet to pretend to be a couple.

Rated M
Duration: 86 minutes

Hazelhurst Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea

 

 

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!

Bob

 

 

 

 

FASS committee for 2018 / 2019

Our AGM was held on Saturday 13 October 2018 – thank you to all those members who attended.  We look forward to another  year of fantastic and varied events and to enjoying all things French with you all.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any suggestions or 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:

President: Marc C

Secretary: Janice B

Treasurer: Bruce O

Public Officer: Bob H

Sponsorship: Marc C

Committee Secretary: Christine M

Membership: Janice  B

Liaison Associations: Anne C

Education coordinator: Anyes M

Events coordinator: Agnès T

Website and social media: Anne C

Film Club: Olivier C

Beginners conversation group: Olivier C

Intermediate conversation group: Bob H

Committee: Greg M

A TASTE OF PROVENCE IN THE SHIRE

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.”

 

 

The 2018 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 this year, for the very first time, 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 4 deserving students at Caringbah, Port Hacking 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.

 

Come And Enjoy Our French Market 

Do you wish you could find quality French products in your local area? Then mark the 6th May on your calendar because you can’t miss the FASS Frog and Snail French Cultural Market. Discover surprises at every turn as you enjoy the unforgettable tastes of our fine French food and exceptional wine. Relax and be entertained by live music as you browse through a wide variety of books and the latest in fashionable clothing. There is something for everyone, from stunning cars that are sure to amaze to beautiful homewares that will be a stylish addition to any living area, so bring your family and enjoy the rare opportunity to sample the wonders of France right here at home.

Click here to read the Frog & Snail market report

Click here to see the photos