With more remote learning planned for the next few weeks, I would like to thank in advance all parents who are supporting the Language learning of their children.


We have added some additional resources to this newsletter to help and entertain you.



From 1 July to 31 December of this year, Germany will take on the Presidency of the European Council. The Goethe-Institut is supporting five special projects for the duration of the presidency, from generational storytelling to sustainability.


Please read more about these interesting projects in the following link:


If you find audio and video art interesting, this might be an interesting site for you to visit. This project collected the sounds of international cities around the world!


Click here, please!



The Goethe-Institut Melbourne offers virtual courses for all levels and especially for Senior students in preparation for their exams. The following link provides more information about the course content and how to subscribe, please click on the following:




The Alliance Française French Film Festival has been suspended for Melbourne, as cinemas are not able to remain open under stage 3 restrictions.


The website of the Alliance Française supports students learning from home with a wide range of resources and also virtual courses for all levels






SBS Easy French in partnership with the Alliance Française de Melbourne offers podcasts which will entertain and inform you in French, providing you snippets from the SBS French program at a manageable pace.


You will also find resources for more than 60 languages on the SBS website.


Andrea Fowler

Head of Languages



This term, Year 11 and 12 French students will participate in the Berthe Mouchette Senior School Competition. If you've studied French at McKinnon Secondary College before, you may have heard of the Berthe Mouchette Competition. In Year 7, the competition is a short poem by a French author. But by the time students reach Year 12, the exam, like the students themselves, has grown. Students in Year 11 must sit for an interview with an examiner from the Alliance Francaise. Students in Year 12 also have an interview but are required to complete a mock exam on top of that, an excellent practice for the French VCE exam. 


Bonne chance to all senior students! 


Monsieur Chamontin

French Teacher






Anyone who is interested in learning one of the languages most widely spoken around the world because:

  • you like the rich and diverse culture behind it;
  • or maybe you follow a Spanish soccer team;
  • or just because you like how Spanish sounds and
  • you dream to travel to South America or Spain.

You can make a start by looking at the BBC website and browse their content.


If you think this is for you remember that you can join Spanish classes in Years 9 and 10.


Hasta pronto amigos.


Maria Carmen Jimenez Victoria

French-Spanish teacher



Tuesday 14 July was a day of festivities at McKinnon Secondary College. What was there to celebrate? The national day of France évidemment!


The event took place in the MERC, re-decorated entirely to suit the French-themed day where the staff enjoyed French pastries and cakes provided by a local bakery. 


A huge thank you to staff for taking part in the event and to students for creating beautiful decorations. Also, a big merci to the library staff for the French-themed display!


A l'année prochaine !  


Monsieur Chamontin

French Teacher