Wentworth College & Primary Private School. Gulf Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand. High quality independent education in a positive and caring environment.
Wentworth College & Primary Private School. Gulf Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand. High quality independent education in a positive and caring environment.

The French Hub

Wentworth College’s dedicated “French Language Hub” was created in 2017 and supports students new to the French language as well as those who are more advanced in their usage and understanding.

Available to Wentworth students:

French Lessons – (optional subject) from Year 8 to Year 13. Advanced students prepare for their IGCSE, AS and A Level examinations at the end of the year. To help them with vocabulary, the students used the website ‘Language Perfect’ (also used by Wentworth students who are learning Spanish).

French Club – held every Friday lunchtime, students can play games, watch French videos, practice their French language skills or simply catch up on some of their French academic work with extra support available. The aim of this Club is to provide French lessons for any student from Years 7 to 13, regardless of their fluency. Some participants are preparing for their Cambridge International examinations while others may want to simply explore their interest in the language and culture.

French Pen Friends Programme – Years 8 & 9 students taking French language as an option this year have initiated a ‘pen friends’ programme with students at a college in New Caledonia. The first group of postcards, written in French, were posted in May 2018. The recipients, who are all beginning English language students, will respond with their own postcards – written in English. We hope that as relationships evolve this will provide an extra level of motivation and confidence for students as they develop their written French language skills.

Trip to France – Wentworth College does an overseas trip open to students every two years. Students visited India in 2016, will be going to Japan in 2018 and the 2020 destination has just been announced – France. The students have organised a “Trip To France Association” group under the guidance of the teacher in charge, Isabelle Gosse, to start thinking about the trip and organise fundraising. Further information will come out in 2019 about this exciting opportunity.


French Language Hub
All things French – open to the community

For lovers of all things French, the French Language Hub is open to the Whangaparaoa community for:

Adult French Classes – individuals or group classes
Available for all levels, the adult French classes have been running since 2015. Private tuition is also available. Please email Isabelle Gosse on igosse@wentworth.school.nz for details of current class times and costs, or to enquire about private lessons.

Free Discussion Groups
For all the students involved in adult French classes, there is a free weekly discussion group currently being held on Mondays at 10:30 for the beginners and on Tuesdays at 11:00 for intermediate level students.

Absolute beginners – We are very keen to start a French from scratch class for absolute beginners so please register your interest with igosse@wentworth.school.nz

French Movie nights – bookings only
About 4 times a year, The French Hub hosts a French Movie night. This is an authentic French Immersion night where participants watch a movie (in French of course but with English subtitles) and is open to anyone who loves France’s culture. They are usually accompanied by a themed gourmet buffet and are a thoroughly enjoyable event for all participants.


Next Movie Night – 12th June 2018

Film: Les Choristes
Set in the mid-twentieth century, principal M Rachin, an egotistical disciplinarian, runs a boarding school for troubled boys located in the French countryside. His approach does not seem to be working as the boys as a collective are an unruly bunch. The arrival to the school of the new supervisor, M. Clément Mathieu, a middle-aged man who is grasping at finding his place in life after a series of failed endeavors butts heads with Rachin and tries a new approach of trying to match the discipline to the crime with the boys.

Food: Any recipes made with olives

How to book: Please reserve your place by emailing igosse@wentworth.school.nz


Take a look at our Previous Movie Nights
Movie Night Copyrights sponsored by Pierre Leducq, Consulate Advisor to the French Embassy in Wellington

Thursday 21st September 2017
Film: Prête-moi ta main! (I do!)
Food: Country Buffet – A selection of French meats and cheeses
Prête-moi ta main! – a Middle-aged Parisian bachelor Luis Costa is in no rush to get married. But, when his devoted mother, Geneviève and five sisters agree that he should settle down, they set Luis up for a series of doomed dates. Luis soon tires of dining out with strangers, so he arranges for his friend’s sister, Emmanuelle to pose as his fiancée. Conceived with the hope of getting his family off his back, the plan comically complicates Luis’s life.


Tuesday 27th June 2017
Film: L ’Arnacoeur (Heartbreaker)
Food: Apples is the theme of this evening
Heartbreaker is an action-packed romantic comedy. Alex is a charming, funny and effortlessly cool, professional heartbreaker who for a fee can turn any husband, fiance or boyfriend into an ex. Alex has one ironclad rule: He only breaks up couples where the woman is unhappy. His latest job will put that rule to the test. The target is Juliette, a beautiful heiress.


27th March 2017
Film: Allies
Food: An international mix of CHOCOLATE recipes and all things chocolate
Allies is a 2016 romantic thriller film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Steven Knight. It stars Brad Pitt as a Canadian intelligence officer and Marion Cotillard as a French Resistance fighter and collaborator, who fall in love during a mission in Casablanca.

Isabelle Gosse

Isabelle Gosse
Teacher in Charge

email Isabelle


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