Lycée Condorcet de Sydney

Our History

1965
1966
1970
1984
1986
1986
1988
1988 - 1989
1989
2003
2004
2019
2019
2022

Birth of the French School

September 29th 1965, the school was established at Rose Bay public school.

A new chapter

May 13th 1966, an agreement was signed between the NSW Department of education and the Association of French parents (APEF).

The School Moves to Bondi

August 11, 1970: The school moved to Bondi, with 2 classes for 53 students. Mr. and Mrs. Macé were the teachers.

CNED

From 1980 to 1983, the classes of the secondary school were split between 4 schools in Randwick.
In 1984, they were regrouped in one small building that belonged to the St Stephans’ Church in Bellevue Hill. Teaching was done through the CNED (Correspondance courses).

The primary school expands

MS-GS: 19 pupils

Y2-Y3: 19 pupils

Y4-Y5: 18 pupils

There are 3 teachers recruited by the APEF and paid by the NSW Department of Education.

The primary school follows the Australian school calendar

Primary school pupils only have 1h of english per day.

And so does the secondary

7 classes in St Stephan’ Church – Bellevue Hill.

39 pupils divided in 7 classes

4 permanent teachers and 5 casual teachers.

Teaching is done via correspondance with the CNED.

The secondary follows the french school calendar.

Embracing Bilingualism: A French & English Dual Education

In March 1988, the school became bilingual and renovations began for its new location at 88 Cooper Street, Maroubra.

Renovations

Many renovations were carried out to allow the opening of the French School in its new premises.

Inauguration of the new school

The name Condorcet was chosen by the school board to commemorate the bicentennial of the French Revolution and honour the philosopher, educator, and defender of Human Rights.

The School Relocates to a New Address in Maroubra

Lycée Condorcet purchased a public secondary school on two hectares in Maroubra, a suburb of Sydney. The French government contributed generously through the AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad).

All class levels are accredited

All class levels are accredited.

“Australian Parents Are Now Choosing to Send Their Kids There” – The Daily Telegraph Australia

Lycée Condorcet, the International French School of Sydney, celebrated its 50th year in 2019 and has become so popular that expansion plans are underway.

Image : Official visit of French President Emmanuel Macron with our students.

Busy year

An architectural contest is organised as part of an expansion project for the Lycée Condorcet.

The swimming team wins the CAPN in Singapour (Swimming championship for the Asia-Pacific zone).

Lycée Condorcet opens a british international section.

Inauguration of New Buildings and a New Logo

Delegates from the AEFE, the Australian Department of Education, the NSW Department of Education and Early Learning, the French Embassy in Australia, the Consulate General of France in Sydney, the Mayor of Randwick, and the school’s French community attended the event, in collaboration with the Gujaga Foundation.

A new logo is created, inspired by Australia and France using both the french oak tree leafs and the bottle brush, symbolic Australian tree.

1965

Birth of the French school

September 29th 1965, the school was established in Rose Bay public school.

1965
1966

A new chapter

May 13th 1966, an agreement was signed between the NSW Department of education and the Association of French parents (APEF).

1966
1970

The school moves to Bondi

August 11th 1970, the school moves to Bondi, there are 2 classes for 53 students. Mr & Mrs Macé were the teachers.

1970
1984

CNED

From 1980 to 1983, the classes of the secondary school were split between 4 schools in Randwick.
In 1984, they were regrouped in one small building that belonged to the St Stephans’ Church in Bellevue Hill. Teaching was done through the CNED (Correspondance courses).

1984
1986

The primary school expands

MS-GS: 19 pupils

Y2-Y3: 19 pupils

Y4-Y5: 18 pupils

There are 3 teachers recruited by the APEF and paid by the NSW Department of Education.

The primary school follows the Australian school calendar

Primary school pupils only have 1h of english per day.

1986
1986

And so does the secondary

7 classes in St Stephan’ Church – Bellevue Hill.

39 pupils divided in 7 classes

4 permanent teachers and 5 casual teachers.

Teaching is done via correspondance with the CNED.

The secondary follows the french school calendar.

1986
1988

Embracing bilingualism : a french & english dual education

March 1988, after several workshops with the advice from Mr George Zask, cultural counsellor, the director drafted a plan for the re-organisation of the primary and secondary. The plan stated that the school would be bilingual. The discovery that the Brigidine High School located on 88 Cooper Street in Maroubra would close in december 1988. A French-Australian lawyer was assigned to negociate a 9 year lease. 

1988
1988 - 1989

Renovations

Many renovations were carried out to allow the opening of the French School in its new premises.

1988 - 1989
1989

Inauguration of the new school

Inauguration of the new school by Mr.Duzer Ambassador of France, Mr.Habert Senator of the French nationals abroad and Mr.Fox director of the NSW department of education. Many personalities were present including Mr.Driencourt the Consul general of France, Mr.Zask the cultural consellor of the French Elbassy, Mr.Carr the MP of Maroubra, Mr.Ward and Mr.Cole, inspectors of the NSW department of education. The name Condorcet was chosen by the school board, commemorates the bicentennial of the French Revolution and recalls the philosopher, educator and defendant of Human rights.

1989
2003

The school relocates to Maroubra

Lycée Condorcet purchased a public secondary school on two hectares in Maroubra in the Sydney Suburbs. The French government contributed generously through the AEFE, Agency for French Education Abroad. This purchase would not of been possible without their financial support or the support by Mr.Bob Carr then Premier of NSW.

2003
2004

All class levels are accredited

All class levels are accredited.

2004
2019

Australian parents are now choosing to send their kids there.

Lycée Condorcet, the International French School of Sydney, celebrates its 50th year in 2019, has become so popular that plans are being drawn up for expansion. In fact, such is its reputation, principal Sébastien Mathey says Australian parents are now choosing to send their kids there. – The Daily Telegraph Australia.

Source : Daily Telegraph Australia 2019.

Image : Official visit of French President Emmanuel Macron with our students.

2019
2019

Busy year

An architectural contest is organised as part of an expansion project for the Lycée Condorcet.

The swimming team wins the CAPN in Singapour (Swimming championship for the Asia-Pacific zone).

Lycée Condorcet opens a british international section.

2019
2022

Inauguration New Buildings

In October 2022, the Lycée Condorcet inaugurated its new buildings, designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. The Grand Opening was a success, with delegates from the AEFE,
the Australian Department of Education, the NSW Department of Education and Early Learning, the French Embassy in Australia, the Consulate General of France in Sydney, the Mayor of Randwick and the school’s French community. The ceremony was in collaboration with the Gujaga Foundation.

2022
2022

A refreshed School

New logo inspired by Australia and France using both the french oak tree leafs and the bottle brush, symbolic Australian tree.

2022