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            “French Enlightenment in Australia”

          An Insight into France’s Contribution to the Development of Australia

                            By Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM

                                   Friday 31 May 2019 at 7:00 pm

FASS is delighted to invite you to hear Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM speak on French Enlightenment in Australia.  Click here to see the invitation.  As seats are limited please RSVP as soon as possible so as not to miss out.

Kenna Function Room,  Miranda Diggers RSL, 615 Kingsway Miranda



June Movie Night

Friday 7 June 2019 at 7:00pm


In 1930 Marseilles, two small-time crooks join forces when they meet brawling over a woman.  Starting with fixed horse races and fights, they start to find themselves doing jobs for the local gangster bosses.  When they decide to go into business for themselves, their easy-going approach to crime starts to change.

Rated MA

Duration: 125 minutes

Hazelhurst Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea 


Sunday 19 May 2019 at 3:00 pm


Come and join us for a social game of pétanque on Sunday 19 May 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 set of pétanque balls, please bring those too. 

Burnum Burnum Sanctuary, Woronora

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 

Les Papotages de FASS

Saturday 11 May 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 

May Movie Night

Friday  3 May 2019 at 7:00pm


A bank robbery in a small town ends with one of the robbers being wounded.  The loot from the robbery is just an asset for the even more spectacular heist.  Simon, gang leader and Paris night club owner, must also deal with police commissaire Edouard Coleman, who happens to be his good friend. 

Rated M

Duration: 98 minutes

Hazelhurst Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea

 April Movie Night

Friday 5 April 2019 at 7:00pm


Tom Ripley is sent to Europe by Mr Greenleaf to fetch his spoiled playboy son, Philip, and bring him back home to the States.  In return, Tom will receive $5,000. Philip toys with Tom, pretending he will go back home, but has no intention of leaving his bride to be, Marge, and honouring his father’s wishes.  After some time passes, Mr Greenleaf considers the mission a failure and cuts Tom off.  However, Tom will need all his conman abilities to keep afloat. 

Rated PG

Duration: 118 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!


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


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.