Offering a bilingual education from junior infants to 6th year for the last 50 years
The Lycée Français d’Irlande is a French teaching institution, approved by the French Department of Education and attached to the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (l’Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger – AEFE) through a convention.
The LFI is on two sites and educates about 500 children. The primary school, which is comprised of the infant and junior classes, is situated in Foxrock. The secondary classes are in Clonskeagh where they share the campus with our partner St. Kilian’s, the German School.
The LFI offers a unique education. From primary school on, the pupils are immersed in a multicultural and bilingual environment. Innovative and creative teaching programmes allow the children to be educated in favourable learning conditions.
LFI follows the teaching programmes of the French Department for National Education, while taking into account the local environment and the pupils themselves. Mastery of the French language, the teaching language, and its expansion are at the heart of the syllabus. Workshops for small groups in the primary school and junior cycle allow the pupils for whom it is not their mother tongue to make rapid progress. In the same way, the modern languages policy emphasises English, the language of our host country. Every pupil from the youngest up follows an individual progression.
In 5e (First Year), the pupils join the Eurocampus, run jointly with our partner St. Kilian’s. French, German, Irish and other pupils take classes together. At the end of 3e (Third Year), the children sit two exams, the French Diplôme National de Brevet (DNB) and the Irish Junior Certificate. In this way LFI as a school develops European citizenship every day and offers its pupils a real road to success.
In the classes of senior cycle, the pupils can continue an international programme with the European Section or the International Section (Option Internationale du Baccalauréat, OIB section américaine).
The Lycée Français d’Irlande is a European school. Our bilingual educational project from infant classes to senior cycle now attracts pupils of numerous nationalities.
The school’s educational project promotes exchanges with our Irish and German partners.
Our school offers French and Irish children, as well as those from numerous other countries, a curriculum facilitating access to further education in France and in Ireland, but also elsewhere in Europe for those who wish.
Teaching in French in LFI is entirely based on the official French programme. For more information, see www.education.gouv.fr.
The children spend three years in infant classes before going to junior school:
- Petite Section (PS): age 3
- Moyenne Section / Junior Infants (MS): age 4
- Grande Section / Senior Infants (GS): age 5
We have five infant classes (about 120 children), with French teachers who take the children from 8.25 am to 2.40 pm (8.25 am to 12.25 pm on Wednesdays). In addition, each class has an teaching assistant to help the teacher and has English once a week in MS and every day in GS with a native English speaking teacher.
The Teaching Programme
‘Maternelle’ embodies a particularity of the French educational system, scholarisation from the earliest age. The children learn to become more precise in their intentions and more demanding in what they achieve, and feel the satisfaction of growing and progressing. They become aware of the benefits of learning.
The essential objective of the infant classes: to help each child to become independent and to acquire knowledge and skills. The children must acquire a facility for oral expression which is rich (in French to begin with – but also in English), structured and understandable by others. The aim is to be ready for CP in French and in English as they continue in our primary school, which is based in the same place in Foxrock.
The learning programme in the infant classes is structured according to the following five domains:
• Developing language – discovering writing
• Becoming a pupil
• Developing movement and corporal expression
• Discovering the world
• Perceiving, feeling, imagining, creating
1) Develop language- discover writing
Oral expression is key to learning in the infant classes. The children learn to converse and express themselves. Particular attention is paid to the comprehension of more and more complex narratives by the speaker. Working with language allows the children to:
- acquire the rules which govern the structure of sentences,
- acquire vocabulary in particular sequences with the help of the teacher, who uses very specific language
Working on the sounds of a word and acquiring the principles of the alphabet and the actions of writing: these are three key activities which help with the learning systems for reading and writing which will begin in first class (CP).
2) Becoming a pupil
The objective is to teach the child to like coming to school and:
- to recognise what makes her or him different from others, to be recognised as a unique person
- to live with others in a group organised by rules (to understand what school is and what her or his place in school is)
Becoming a pupil is a gradual process which requires the infant class teacher to be at the same time enthusiastic, flexible and rigorous.
3) Developing movement and corporal expression
The children discover the possibilities of their bodies through physical activities, either structured or unstructured, and activities involving artistic expression (dance, dramatic games).
4) Discovering the world
In the infant classes, the children discover their surroundings: they learn to get their bearings in space and time. They observe, they ask questions and they learn to take on points of view other than their own. Being faced with logical thought gives them the taste for reasoning. They become capable of classifying, ordering and describing, through language and various forms of representation (drawings, plans). They start to understand the distinction between animate and inanimate (matter, objects).
5) Perceiving, feeling, imagining, creating
The infant classes awaken artistic awareness. Drawing and modelling (making objects) on the one hand, the voice and listening on the other hand (music, songs), enlarge the child’s range of sensory experiences.
The three school councils where parents of the primary and secondary schools are represented along with staff, and students of the secondary school, are:
- le Conseil d’école (the Primary School Council) which includes the three cycles in the primary school;
- le Conseil du second degré (the Secondary School Council) which covers both the junior and senior cycles of the secondary school ; and
- le Conseil d’établissement (the School Council) which covers both the primary and secondary school.
The Board of Management runs the school and makes decisions in relation to its financial management and locally employed staff members. It comprises parent members elected annually at the time of the school’s Annual General Meeting as well as permanent members.
The Board of Management consists of school parents elected during the General Assembly in April whose nomination is confirmed by the French Ambassador.
In addition, one member is appointed by the French Ambassador. Each Board member has a vote.
In addition, the Board of Management includes ex-officio members and invited members, who have an advisory role.
The Board has the right to co-opt additional members as required.
The Board runs the school and makes decisions in relation to its financial management and locally employed staff members. It takes the headmaster’s or headmistress’ opinion into account as well as that of the School Council in relation to any decision relating to education or the day-to-day running of the school.
All parents or guardians of LFI pupils are eligible to join the Board of Management (as is also the case for the school councils). All parent members act on a purely voluntary basis. The Board of Management usually meets once a month.
The Board can be contacted at email@example.com for any questions or comments you may have. Please note that all correspondence goes directly to the Board and will be kept confidential.
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|Board of Management|
|Members||Elected: from among the school parents|
|Meetings||1 meeting per month|
|Responsibilities||The Board of Management manages the operational aspects of the school in terms of budget and finance, local contract employment, long term strategy and communication.|
|Answerable to parents on:||Budget, fees policy, medium and long term strategy, local contracts|
|Minutes :||September 2018|