At Birkdale North School we recognise that bilingual learning calls for a tailored teaching approach. We provide a safe and unique learning environment within a publicly funded primary school:
Is French one of the languages in your home? Did your child learn French overseas? Here in NZ, sustaining a language other than English is a real challenge. A bilingual education can make all the difference with so many benefits…
"We have been pleased with the education our children have received at Étoile du Nord. We feel the level of French education they have been provided with is more advanced than what we have experienced to date in our community school in Canada. Thank you!"Erin Woods, Takapuna
"What a blessing that my son can be educated in French, my mother tongue. And what a great environment - huge school yard, superb teachers, a caring principal, and great classroom and all-school activities. We are grateful every day. Merci Birkdale North School!"Mona-Lynn Courteau, Beach Haven
"I’m so glad I chose to come to Birkdale North School. Having schooling in French has given my daughter so much more than anything I could have ever taught her at home. I wish I had done it with my first two."Debbie Valette, Torbay
Our French bilingual unit, l’Étoile du Nord, is fully integrated within Birkdale North School, a small, vibrant, diverse public primary school in the suburb of Birkdale on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. It is located just a few minutes from the Harbour Bridge and attracts children from all over the region.
As well as several mainstream classrooms and our bilingual French and English unit, the school also hosts a bilingual Te Reo Māori and English unit, Ngā Muka, enhancing your children’s experience by exposing them to Māori culture.
We have large playing fields to run around, a hall for school and community gatherings and a swimming pool. Feel free to come for a walk around anytime.
No zoning – anyone across Auckland can enrol
Children aged 5 years and over
Children that have at least a minimum understanding of French
It is essential you enrol your child as early as possible to secure a place, even if they are still a little way from starting school. Getting started at Birkdale North School is easy!