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Thanks for coming and giving us a hand Boules Artistes Petanque Club !Last Sunday we made our first foray into the 'Shire', that's Sutherland, in case you don't know! We were there to assist the Francophone Association of Southern Sydney who are keen to start some regular petanque action! Together we scouted a great spot near the Woronora River that had picnic tables and toilets and some trees for shade. Considerable fun was had and we met some lovely people. Over the last few years the group has been a little reluctant to head to our other venues (it's those damned 'roads that pass over water' again!) but a few have now expressed an interest to do so which is excellent. I have a new partner this Sunday for the Doubles Competition in Pyrmont! Including a Sue, Eric, Jade, Vince, Heidi and me, there was a total of 27 people which was pretty good!
I only took two shot as as my battery was flat but I'll try and get some more!
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Last Sunday fans of pétanque (boules) got together to enjoy a game or two and a picnic lunch, on a glorious sunny afternoon in Woronora. 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. Watch this space if you are interested !

Dimanche dernier, des amateurs de pétanque (boules) se sont retrouvés par une belle journée ensoleillée à Woronora, Le succès de cette journée a été tel que nous espérons en faire un évènement régulier et ouvert à tous pendant les mois d'été. Gardez un oeil sur cette page si cela vous intéresse!
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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.

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December Movie Night 

Friday 7 December at 7pm

LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR  (The Wages of Fear)

In a remote South American town, four men are hired by an American oil company to transport two truckloads of nitroglycerin to an oil field, to put out a fire. It’s a very hazardous task – the nitroglycerin can explode for the slightest reason, the road is treacherous and the journey is a long one. However, the money is very good and their current situation in the town is rather dire – they will do anything to improve their situation.

This is a Franco-Italian classic, which has been remade twice by Hollywood. It won the Palme d’Or in Cannes and the Golden Bear in Berlin in 1953, and best film at the British Academy Award in 1955. In sumptuous black and white cinematography, this masterpiece is a good way to end our year of French films, and demonstrates why French cinema is different from American cinema.

Rated M

Duration 151 minutes

Hazelhurst Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea

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!






Saturday 10 November 2018 at 10:00

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 Café, 782 Kingsway, Gymea


November Movie Night 

Friday 2 November 2018 at 7pm

DEMAIN (Tomorrow)

A forward-thinking take on addressing the demise of the human race, the French documentary “Tomorrow” swaps the usual hand wringing doomsday prophesying in favor of a decidedly more proactive approach. Rattled by an ominous report by Bay Area professors Elizabeth Hadly and Anthony Barnosky warning of the looming realities of a tipping point concerning the state of the planet’s ecosystem, actress Mélanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds”) and activist Cyril Dion rolled up their sleeves and grappled with a way to share their concerns with a world “already fed up with catastrophes”.

Listening to the news and their daily crop of climate and environmental disasters, it is easy to get anxious about the future of our children and grandchildren. This great documentary, released in 2015, does not throw you further into despair, but on the contrary, offers solutions and a vision of a future with radical changes at all levels proposed by specialists from all corners of the world in energy, agriculture, economy, democracy and education. “Demain”, unusually successful with over 1 million entries in France, has received the Cesar Award for best documentary and has been showed in 27 countries, including Australia.

Rated M

Duration: 118 minutes

Hazelhurst Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea


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

Advanced conversation group: Ron C

Committee: Greg M


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.

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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.”


October Movie Night 

Friday 5 October at 7pm


Fred, a raffish safe blower, takes refuge in the Paris Metro after being chased by the henchmen of a shady businessman from whom he has just stolen some documents. While hiding out in the back rooms and conduits of the Metro, Fred encounters a subterranean society of eccentric characters and petty criminals. Despite being pursued by the henchmen, Fred finds the time to flirt with Helena, blow a safe, rob a train, evade the hapless Metro police and start a rock band …

SUBWAY is the second film from the director of La Femme Nikita, The 5th Element, Leon the Professional : Luc Besson. Made in 1985 and featuring some great French actors (Christophe Lambert, Isabelle Adjani, Jean Reno to name a few), it is unusual, dazzling and very stylish, using the Paris Metro as its background. Don’t worry too much about the plot and just let yourself carried away in the heart of Paris underground world.

Rated M

Duration 104 minutes

Hazelhurst Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea


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

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