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“Vivez à la française à la Maison de Ste Claire”
“Apprentissage chez l’habitant”


  • La Maison de Ste Claire is a Cultural and Linguistics Immersion Centre for French Learning, situated in Upper Crystal Creek, northern New South Wales. Here, the students revel in a relaxed and wholesome setting, in a convivial, family atmosphere.
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  • What is the la Maison de Ste Claire French Immersion Experience?
  • Your French Experience and Program Information
  • Your Learning & Living Environment
  • Your Teachers & Tutors
  • Your Daily Routine
  • Your Accommodation

The Residential Courses at Maison de Ste Claire are from beginners to advance. Our highly qualified language consultant will tailor-make a program based on an open communication with you to best fulfil your needs. Whether your interest in French is recreational, professional or somewhere in between, you will be well satisfied by Maison de Ste. Claire’s programs. Not only will you be provided with the course workbook, but you will also go home with a personalised interactive e-book/video for phonetic work. Adult and youth groups are not hosted at the same time unless in a group of families and friends.

The morning starts with a delicious French or continental breakfast; a melange of "les baguettes", hot croissants or "petit pain aux chocolat", breads, "tartine” or Gugelhulf (traditional sweet bread for Sunday breakfast in Alsace) with Maison de St Claire organic home-made conserves, organic cereal, yoghurt and fresh fruit. This is followed by an intensive four-hour French lesson, with a morning-tea break. Lunches and dinners are mainly two to three-course meals, with provincial cuisines from throughout France. The type of food is of course, seasonal. Afternoon activities varies, which could include gardening, planting rainforest trees, role play, revision, lab work, playing pétanque, swimming in the pool, French cooking, bush walking, watching French Musicals or simply relaxing in this beautiful environment. We encourage our students to converse in French throughout the day, in a very relaxed atmosphere. Evening activities include watching French movies (subtitled in French), indoor games or listening to french music.

Please see below the answers on some general questions:

  • Would it be better if I found a friend to do the course with me? This is up to you but it’s a good idea as you could continue working together after you leave Maison de Ste Claire which helps to keep your motivation going.
  • Are the courses run regularly or on fixed dates? As the FLE Immersion for Adults are organised by maintaining expressions of interest until sufficient number enrol, we have allocated several time-slots or you can propose another time-slot that is suitable for you and get together a few friends. We will also propose the same time-slot to other students on our database with the same French level. There is a group discount of 5% for a group of 5 to 6 students.

“A unique experience with guaranteed results.”
“Complete Immersion for accelerated language development.”
“A range of accompanied activities with focus on fun in learning.”
“Small but professional French language learning for everyone, at all levels.”

The Procedure to Follow

  • Please contact la Maison de Ste Claire for availability and to confirm your booking, please send a deposit of $150. Full-payment is due a month before the start of your program and please send a request for an invoice if needed.

    Please, if you would like to pay the DEPOSIT ONLY by card NOW.

Once you’ve paid the deposit,

  • Please complete the Student Information Form and return by email or snail mail. Please specify any dietary requirement and/or food allergies.
  • You will be provided with our mobile numbers, meeting point for airport pick-up, What to Bring List and other General Information .
  • For your oral assessment, please send an mp3 file with a recording of the question with your answer to each question (Download the questions here). Please do so in an impromptu manner as to allow a truthful assessment so we could better prepare materials for your positive development.

    For your writing assessment, please send a 200 word essay on “Mes dernières vacances” for everyone and for the French Advance/Extension students, please also send a second essay with the topic of “Le bonheur, qu’est-ce que ca veut dire pour toi?” (either in .pdf, word or pages documents).

    Both assessments are to be emailed to this email address a month prior to the start of your French Immersion Program at la Maison de Ste Claire.
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    Send us your flight details, once purchased. The closest airport to la Maison de Ste Claire is the Coolangatta Airport (OOL) on the Gold Coast, and we provide airport return transfer (at an extra cost). Airport pick-up at OOL is at 1030 hrs (NSW time) and departure from la Maison de Ste Claire on the last day is at 1430 hrs (NSW time), so please choose the appropriate arrival and departure times when booking your flights.

    The travel time from la Maison de Ste Claire to Coolangatta Airport is about 45 minutes. Please allow 1 hour for check-in prior to your flight's scheduled departure time and also make note of Daylight Savings if travelling between the 4/10/2020 to 4/04/2021, 3/10/2021 to 3/04/2022, 2/10/2022 to 2/04/2023, 1/10/2023 to 7/04/2024, 6/10/2024 to 6/04/2025.
  • If you are driving to la Maison de Ste Claire, please arrive by 1130 hrs on the first day.
  • Please bring either your Iphone or smartphone, or laptop, Ipad or tablet for the transfer of French materials such as videos, interactive e-books for revision and/or for Flipped Class situation. These materials are also for future revision and phonetic work once you leave la Maison de Ste Claire.

COVID-19 Regulations & Safety

COVID safety
Since Friday the 15th May 2020, we have commenced hosting students until advised otherwise.
All staff and students are to adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines set out by the NSW government while on-site. The nature of the Immersion is on-site only, and as such, does not involve mixing in large groups. We have taken some extra steps to keep our students and staff safe. These include

  • Following all government health guidelines.
  • Additional cleaning and hand sanitisers on our premises.
  • As this is a private property of 12 acres, public entry points are minimised, hence the students are naturally isolated and no public distancing required. Current access on-site is for the hosts only for this period. As usual, all food order will be made through online order.
  • For students arriving at la Maison, please carry a personal hand sanitiser to be used during the travel. Please practise regular hand washing and all the usual practise of good hygiene on a daily basis, at all times while at la Maison de Ste Claire.
  • Excursions involving busy public spaces are cancelled. If required, this activity will be limited to the more quiet and larger open spaces such as bushwalking in the World Heritage National Parks within 20 to 30 minutes drive from the immediate vicinity.
  • If you’re travelling by air, to be cautious and Covid safe, please book your flights in and out of Ballina Airport (BNK). The best flights for students flying from Sydney would be JQ 458 with arrival at BNK at 11:45 am, and JQ461, departing BNK at 17:00 hrs (please check airline website for latest information). If you’re using other airlines or travelling from another city, please arrive at the airport at approximately the same times.

  • Regarding the transfers, we are only able to charge a reduced price of $100 pp (from BNK) for the return trip as a group, with everyone arriving at the same airport at an appointed time (please see above). Otherwise, we could organise for individual transfer with a local company which costs $220 for one way, hence $440 return trip. Until further notice, la Maison will be adopting arrival at Ballina Airport due to the possible problems associated with Covid-19. Thank you for understanding. Merci!
  • For any cancellations due to COVID-19, there are two options: paid funds are valid for 12 months and transferable to an alternative time-slot. If you’d paid in full and wish to be refunded, there is a fee of $150 for the administration, for invoicing and raising a credit note for the refund. However, if applicable, this payment is also fully transferable to another member of the family, and valid for 12 months as well. Please advise of your preference.

Availability for 2021

Beginner
Travel to France
Availability Status
Sat 06 to Sun 07/03/2021 Conversation A2/B1/B2: 2 day weekend program 4 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1, Rose 2, Rose 3, Violette (Booked) & Fleur de Lys)
Completed
Wed 12 to Sun 16/05/2021 Level A1: 5 day program 5 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1, Rose 2, Rose 3, Violette & Fleur de Lys)
Available
Beginner
Mon 08 to Sun 14/03/2021 Level A1/A2: 5 - 7 day program 5 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1, Rose 2, Rose 3, Violette & Fleur de Lys)
FULL
Mon 17 to Fri 23/05/2021 Level A2: 7 day program 0 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1, Rose 2, Rose 3, Violette (Booked) & Fleur de Lys)
FULL
Intermediate
Sat 27 to Sun 28/02/2021 Level A2/B1: 2 day weekend program 5 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1, Rose 2, Rose 3, Violette & Fleur de Lys)
FULL
Mon 15 to Sun 21/03/2021 Level A2/B1: 7 day program 5 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1, Rose 2, Rose 3, Violette & Fleur de Lys)
FULL
Mon 22 to Sun 28/03/2021 Level B1/B2: 7 day program 5 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1, Rose 2, Rose 3, Violette & Fleur de Lys)
FULL
Mon 24 to Sun 30/05/2021 Level A2/B1: 7 day program 3 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1 (Booked), Rose 2, Rose 3, Violette & Fleur de Lys (Booked))
COMPLETED
Mon 31/05 to Sun 06/06/2021 Level B1/B2: 7 day program 0 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1, Rose 2, Rose 3 (Booked), Violette (Booked) & Fleur de Lys (Booked))
FULL
Mon 09 to Sun 15/08/2021 Level B1/B2: 7 day program 5 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1, Rose 2, Rose 3, Violette & Fleur de Lys)
FULL
Mon 18 to Sun 24/10/2021 Level A2: 7 day program 4 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1, Rose 2, Rose 3, Violette (Booked) & Fleur de Lys)
NEW: Available
Mon 25 to Sun 31/10/2021 Level B1/B2: 7 day program 3 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1, Rose 2 (Booked), Rose 3, Violette (Booked) & Fleur de Lys (Booked))
NEW: Available
Advance
Mon 04 to Sun 10/01/2021 Level B2/C1: 7 day program 2 rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1, Rose 2 (booked), Rose 3, Violette (booked) & Fleur de Lys (booked))
COMPLETED
Mon 23 to Sun 29/08/2021 Level B2/C1: 7 day program No rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1 (Booked), Rose 2 (Booked), Rose 3 (Booked), Violette (Booked) & Fleur de Lys (Booked))
FULL
Sun 12 to Fri 17/09/2021 Level B2/C1: 6 day program No rooms available
(Chambre Rose 1 (booked), Rose 2 (booked), Rose 3 (booked), Violette (booked) & Fleur de Lys (booked))
FULL

Please, if you:

  • require more spaces than the available spots above.
  • would like us to open an alternative time-slot for you.
  • would like to be on the waiting list.

Pricing

Fee Structure 2019 & 2020: ✓ please click me ❤.
Fee Structure 2021: ✓ please click me ❤.

  • Please note that there is a discount of $50 for your second attendance within the same year. Please advice when you are making a booking.
  • There is a group discount of 5% for a group of 5 to 6 friends.
  • For any cancellations due to COVID-19, there are two options: paid funds are valid for 12 months and transferable to an alternative time-slot. If you’d paid in full and wish to be refunded, there is a fee of $150 for the administration, for invoicing and raising a credit note for the refund. However, if applicable, this payment is also fully transferable to another member of the family, and valid for 12 months as well. Please advise of your preference.


Payment can be made by

  • Credit or Debit Card: Please, if you would like to pay the DEPOSIT ONLY by card NOW.
  • Electronic transfer, National Australia Bank BSB 082738, Cheque A/C 946475496, Name: Maison de Ste Claire.
  • Cheque or money order in the order of Maison de Ste Claire, please.

After Maison de Ste Claire

  • Do come again!
  • Students will leave with a personalised interactive e-book or videos, downloadable onto your laptop/mobile phone/ IPad for phonetic work.

After your time with us, we offer our continuing support which include:

  • The Online French Course (comprehensive and interactive).
  • The weekly French Webinar for online French lessons (flipped class) to complement the learning process of above (a small group of 10 students).
  • The weekly Live_chat Private Tuition (1:1).
  • French Writing: corrected and returned.
  • The series of Interactive eBooks via the Apple platform.

La Maison de Ste Claire supports you all the way!


You'll Love Our French Adventure ParadiseA unique family home, set atop a hill, surrounded by subtropical rainforest, with spectacular views over the valley, the Border Ranges, the World Heritage-listed Numinbah Nature Reserve and glimpses of Mount Warning behind the majestic white gum trees. Fresh organic food, produced and cooked daily at Maison de St Claire. Local natural spring water, and special energised water.

WILDERNESS
FRESH ORGANIC FOOD
HEALTHY CUISINE
ACCOMMODATION

Maison de Ste. Claire21 Kazungula Place, Upper Crystal Creek NSW 2484 Australia
The closest airport is the Coolangatta Airport (OOL) on the Gold Coast

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