Frequently Asked Questions
Which languages are used to communicate at the French School?
Except in foreign language classes (English, German, Spanish, and Chinese), all classes are conducted entirely in French. The students and teachers communicate with each other in French. The students communicate with each other in either French or English.
Are all students at the French School of French nationality?
The French School of Sydney is made up of students from more than 20 different nationalities.
Approximately 60% of the students are French or French-Australian, 30% are Australian and 10% are of other nationalities. The French School welcomes students from many French speaking countries such as Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Morocco, Tunisia and Lebanon...
Does my child have to eat at the canteen?
The canteen provides very reasonably priced hot lunches which are composed of three courses. You can view the menus on our website. If your child does not wish to eat at the canteen, they can bring their own lunch in a lunchbox.
Only the students in Year 10, 11 and 12 are allowed to eat outside the school grounds during meal breaks.
If I move overseas, which school will my child be able to attend?
All schools in the AEFE (Agency for French Teaching Abroad) as well as schools in France accept students from the French School of Sydney without an entrance exam. They will simply continue in the same system with no interruption to their schooling.
What are the school hours?
9:00am to 3:25pm for preschool and primary classes.
8:00am to 3:30pm, 4:30pm or 5:30pm for junior and senior classes.
School Care is available from 8am to 9am for the preschool and primary pupils.
After school care is available for preschool students from 3.30pm until 5.30pm.
After School Care is available for primary students (from GS to Year 5) from 3:30pm to 6pm with YMCA.
What happens if my child has a health problem?
The school has a nurse. Our staff has had first aid training and the nurse is present during the day from 10:45am to 3:45pm.
It is imperative that you give us all the necessary medical information concerning your child when they are enrolled, especially regarding allergies. We must have all telephone numbers that you can be reached at. Please remember to let us know of any phone number changes during the year.
How is the school year organised?
The school year begins mid August and finishes at the end of June. The month of January is a month of holidays in Australia (summer in the Southern Hemisphere). The year comprises 36 weeks of classes. The calendar for the current school year can be viewed online.
Does the French School accept students mid-year?
If students come from the French system, they can be accepted directly into the same class. For all other situations, the decision will be made on a case by case basis.
Does the French School organise excursions?
Class teachers organise excursions to illustrate their class work, introduce students to different areas of Sydney or other regions of Australia, attend shows or visit exhibitions as part of their studies.
How are the students evaluated?
In the Preschool, an evaluation booklet is given to parents every semester.
In the Primary school, the teachers provide parents with a booklet of the children's results every trimester.
In the Secondary school, a report is given to parents every 12 weeks, after the class council.
The Diplome National du Brevet (French equivalent of the School Certificate) is held for all students at the end of Year 9, and the French Baccalaureate is held for all students of Terminale. In the International section, the International Baccalaureate is held at the end of the two years of IB studies (Year 11 IB and Year 12 IB).
What qualifications do the teachers at the French School hold?
Most of the teachers hold French qualifications from the French Education system.
The other teachers hold Australian teaching qualifications. The teachers regularly attend training courses and workshops to further their education.
What if my child has difficulty in class?
In the Primary school, the teachers organise remedial help during class time for their students.
In the Secondary school, supervised homework sessions are available for students where they can do their homework supervised by adults.
Do I have to pay for textbooks?
In the Primary school, notebooks and textbooks are provided free of charge by the school.
In the Secondary school, textbooks are also provided for the year (for a refundable deposit).
Do the students receive religious education?
The French School is secular, and therefore no religious education is provided. The students study the history of religion in History and Geography classes.
Which languages are taught at the French School?
English, German, Spanish and Mandarin (optional). An initiation for Latin is organised for Year 7. This course is optional afterwards.
Why is there a waiting list for the preschool?
The Australian regulations are very strict regarding the size of the classes and, unfortunately, we cannot accept all applications.
We give priority to brothers and sisters of children who are already enrolled at the school. You may put your name down on the waiting list.
The school will let you know if a place is available. The rules concerning the number of supervisors necessary become more flexible in Kindy; we will not have any difficulty accepting more children at this level.
Can my child come and study in Australia by his/herself?
The French School of Sydney has a limited number of student visa places for students who wish to come and study in Australia without their parents. These visas are limited to students in premiere, terminale (French section), Year 11 IB or Year 12 IB (International section). Due to the large number of candidates, the school must carry out a selection process (application forms are available on request). Accommodation is provided by Australian host families at a cost.
Students who come to the French School on a student visa are not eligible for free schooling from the French government.
Can my child study at the French School on a holiday visa?
When tourists arrive in Australia on a holiday visa, the maximum length of time which can be spent in an educational institution is 12 weeks.
The French School is not able to provide information on Australian visas.
Please refer to the Australian Embassy in your country for more detailed information on this subject.