Art and French at GCCS

The Core French program at GCCS is a dynamic, active program that offers students meaningful context, continued support and personal application. Throughout a week, students receive anywhere from 120 – 160 minutes of French learning.

So, you might be wondering what makes French at GCCS so unique and successful. First, passion drives me as a teacher to ensure that each student is challenged, feels safe and is eager to apply themselves to the class activity. Classes are fast-paced and include listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises. More practically, we sing French songs, learn basic to increasingly complex ways to have dialogue and learn vocabulary through stories and the AIM program that has a variety of catchy, grade specific plays. We also use technology to motivate and help support your child with programs like Quizlet, Kahoot, Duo Lingo and various websites that have French children’s stories. Further, in grades 5-8 students do a ‘Verbarama’ program that ensures that they understand the syntax of the French language.

Students come to my classroom where the walls are lined with a variety of French resources, from the theme verse of this year, “Qu’est-ce que Dieu dit que suis-je” to the helpful conjugation charts and conversational helping cue cards. Hearing students singing the French songs in the hallway or greeting each other with some French brings a smile to my heart. The students are learning and are expressing joy in their successes. Returning grade 9 students will often let me know that they are very prepared and are confident to continue in their French language learning throughout high school!

The art program primarily explores the elements of design (line, colour, shape, value, form, texture and space) to create compositions of beauty and balance with the illusion of depth and perspective. The program is designed to be a systematic approach to learning how we see, interpret and make sense of visual stimuli for the purpose of celebrating and reproducing a part of God’s creation. Opportunities for artistic-exercise are what make GCCS unique. Students will explore a variety of mediums like graphite, charcoal, ink, watercolour paints, acrylic paints, pastels, paper layering, plasticine, block printing, pencil crayon burnishing, marker, plaster bandages and others throughout their time at GCCS.

Students eagerly wait to enter the room where they can explore and create. Technology is used to help students research and generate ideas for their projects, to plan and collaborate with their peers and to source out various images to help with drawing various shapes and forms. Instructional videos from professional artists like ‘The Virtual Instructor’ enable students to get the perspective and skills from others in the field of the Visual Arts. As students hone in on their creativity, their ‘right-brain’ activity, students will either listen to Christian music or I will read to them from a class novel. This enables your child to focus on their project without distraction from themselves or others in the room.

It truly is a privilege to be a part of the GCCS community and to be blessed with teaching our students.

Melinda Bronsveld
Art/French Teacher