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Chers étudiants,

Many, many thanks for all the friendly responses to our announcement about the change of principal, they are very much appreciated. 

Now about the upcoming weeks: By definition, transition is a critical phase. The French à la Carte team is now planning the details of our transition back to face-to-face classes.
To ease into it, holiday workshops are a great idea and Marion has prepared an exciting programme of workshops for you in July. Enrolments are now open for these workshops – see more information below as well as on our website and in the leaflet your teachers have sent you. We hope you will love them!

Then, for Term 3, starting on Monday 20th July, we need to make sure that we are ready to return to face-to-face classes and that all the conditions are there to provide a safe environment to all.
We are still awaiting confirmation from the Pymble Golf Club that we can return to the Club House. A strict code of conduct will need to be adhered to by all students and staff. Knowing that we will only go ahead if these conditions are met, we hope you will join us for lessons which I am sure will be a joyful occasion!
You can email Marion directly if you have any thoughts or concerns regarding the planned return to face-to-face classes.

One last word on housekeeping: payments for July workshops as well as Semester 2/Term 3 enrolments can be made to the usual bank account until 1st July. I am still managing the enrolments and payments until then as well as the ‘info / enquiries’ e-mail addresses. After this date, due to the changeover in ownership, new bank account details will be sent to you. The old account will still work for a few weeks. Whichever account you send your payment to, it will be accounted for properly. Pas de souci!

Keep warm and positive!

Bien amicalement,


July Holiday Workshops

Now that restrictions are easing and we can get out a bit, why not take the opportunity to participate in one (or several) of our workshops during the July holidays? They’re running between 1-17 July and will give you a chance to revise your French and enjoy some social contact with fellow Francophiles.

Language Workshops – these morning sessions will cover various aspects of French grammar and pronunciation including pronouns and tenses revision.

Social & Cultural Workshops – practise your French in a relaxed and fun environment during our afternoon workshops at Le Bouchon Restaurant in Crows Nest. French games, creative writing, history, yoga and more!


All workshops will be organised in strict accordance with social restrictions in place at the time of the event. If new restrictions are in place after you booked your workshop and we can no longer organise it, we will refund the full amount within one week of cancelling the event.

Measures we will have in place during the workshops include: 1.5m social distancing between each person, respecting the 4-square-meter per person rule in a room, hand sanitizer provided, making sure all participants are seated during the workshop.

Antoine Esbelin has been teaching French for more than 6 years at the Alliance Française. Originally from Clermont-Ferrand, he started his career as a Project Manager for construction sites before his desire to share his passion for French language and culture led him to become a French teacher.

He will facilitate two workshops for French à la Carte this July: History of France and (re)discovery of Paris and Common French mistakes for Anglophonesto help you avoid falling into translation traps from English to French. Bienvenue à French à la Carte, Antoine !

We are very pleased to launch a partnership with French restaurant Le Bouchon in Crows Nest for our July Holidays Cultural Workshops.

Restaurant owner Julien Demoschenis and his team will indulge you with their delicious crêpes, macarons, croissants, pains au chocolat, cafés au lait, chocolats chauds and more to give you a real taste of what a « goûter » (afternoon tea) really is in France. We’ll be combining learning with pleasure in a charming and cosy atmosphere, and can’t wait to see you there to celebrate being together again after those long months of self-isolation!

Semester 2 enrolments open

Semester 2 begins Monday 20 July; you can now enrol for your French class here. At this stage our plan is for all classes to return to the Pymble Golf Club; we will keep you informed if this situation changes.

A bientôt!



Caroline Thimonier

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