This year is the fifth year that French Immersion Studies at the University of Ottawa has organized La meilleure classe de français en Ontario, a video contest for Grade 10, 11 and 12 students in Core, Extended and French Immersion programs. This year’s contest was the biggest contest we've had yet. A total of 59 classes from across Ontario — from Thunder Bay to Sudbury to Smithville and to, yes, even Ottawa! — participated.
Our staff and judges were blown away by the enthusiasm for the contest and the quality of the entries. There were music videos, investigative reports, documentaries, mockumentaries and reports, which showed a wide range of responses to the question “What makes you Ontario's best French as a second language class?” as well as technical and narrative sophistication. Classes went all out to show their Francophile spirit, making 2013 one of the best years for the contest — but also one of the hardest years to pick the finalists.
The scores were close, but in the end, the five classes that came out on top were:
- Mr. Andree’s class, Smithville Christian High School (Smithville)
- Ms. Costanzo’s class, St. Patrick High School (Thunder Bay)
- Ms. Okomono’s class, St. Patrick's Catholic High School (Ottawa)
- Ms. Pivato’s class, Holy Trinity Catholic High School (Ottawa)
- Ms. Solomonescu’s class, Ashbury College (Ottawa)
Congratulations to the five finalists, and thank you to everyone who participated and made this such a great contest.
The grand winner — the class that really is the “best French class in Ontario” — will be announced Friday, December 13, at a prize gala in Ottawa. For now, you can view the finalists’ entries on our YouTube channel. Which one is your favourite?