Louise Tate (right) with her mum Alison Rahn. Louise topped the state in Beginner’s French for the HSC.
Louise Tate (right) with her mum Alison Rahn. Louise topped the state in Beginner’s French for the HSC.

Ooh la la! Louise top in French

When Louise Tate travels to Paris next year, she won’t have any trouble communicating with French people.


The 18-year-old from Mullumbimby has topped the state in Beginner’s French in the Higher School Certificate.


A student at Shearwater Steiner School in Mullumbimby, Louise studied French for two years by distance education with Southern Cross.


She hopes to travel to France next May with some friends and get a job as an au pair.


“I then want to travel around Europe,” Louise said.


With a near-perfect score of 99 for the Beginner’s French, Louise beat nearly 700 other students in NSW.


“It was a huge shock when I was told,” Louise said.


“I hadn’t studied French prior to Year 11, but it really wasn’t that hard to pick up.


“I practised speaking French a lot and had two other friends who were also studying the language, so we could talk to each other.


“I also watched lots of French movies and listened to French music.


“This year was a lot of hard work. It was pretty full-on, but it was worth it.


“Now I just need a full-time job so I can save for my trip to France.”


Footnote: Shearwater Steiner School HSC students achieved some excellent results, with 10 students receiving Band 6 results and 40 students in Band 5.


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