French school graduation ceremony
Emotions ran high On Saturday 22 June 2013 for the Baccalaureate class of 2013 as Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France to South Africa, was invited to the Lycée Français Jules Verne Johannesburg for the end of year graduation ceremony. The graduation, which was organised by Mrs Marie-Hélène Despin Hirlimann, the principal of the school, highlighted the success of the work done by the students as well as the quality of their work resulting in 82% of them passing with distinction.
The head teachers of the three final year classes, M. Stéphane Joval for the Literary and Economic classes and M. Jean-Marc Orione for the scientific class focused on the incredible journey that these students have been through : they mentioned the diversity of the class of 2013 (which includes learners from 20 nationalities), the educational and personal development of each student and the different choices made for their higher education.
The three class representatives also said a word, thanking the school as well as their parents and teachers.
The ambassador highlighted the importance of the French school for the francophone community in South Africa as well as the support of the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE).
The recent graduates’ received their school record, their marks for the Baccalaureate of 2013 as well as a medal which was made specifically for this occasion by the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint). Following the ceremony the school hosted a buffet for parents, pupils and guests. The day was after all a celebration of the learners achievements and the festivities carried on into the evening.