Despite Covid-19-related school closures, 14 Cork schools participated in our competition this year. Many thanks to all the teachers and students who took part. The entries we received by post and email were fabulous and it was very difficult to choose three winners.
The Cork FTA Francophonie Poster Competition, which was launched in 2017, is the first of its kind for second-level students in Ireland.
It has several objectives:
– To promote the diversity of French-speaking contexts and motivate Junior Cycle students to continue learning French;
– To spark Junior Cycle learners’ curiosity about other cultures and foster intercultural awareness;
– To offer an occasion to acknowledge the linguistic and cultural experiences of Junior Cycle students for whom French is a Foreign Language and those who have French as a First or Heritage Language;
– To provide an opportunity for less academic Junior Cycle students with artistic abilities to take part in a language competition.
This year, entries had to mention at least five francophone countries.
The jury consisted of members of the Committee of the Cork FTA and of the Board of Alliance Française de Cork.
Congratulations to this year’s winners:
1st prize: Liam Murphy, Clonakilty Community School (Teacher: Ms Deasy)
2nd prize: Grace Scanlan, Coláiste an Chraoibhín (Teacher: Ms O’Callaghan)
3rd prize: Emma Fleming, Boherbue Comprehensive School (Teacher: Ms Lane Garel)
We are very grateful to the Belgian, Canadian, French and Swiss Embassies in Ireland, to Josselin Le Gall, Honorary Consul of France in Cork, and to Alliance Française de Cork for providing prizes for the winners again this year.
Next year, we will be extending our Cork FTA Francophonie Poster Competition to include Junior Cycle students from all over the Republic of Ireland.
Valérie David-McGonnell, Cork FTA Chairperson / AF de Cork Board Member
Laura Cronin, Cork FTA Treasurer