“Creating a space for students to thrive, engage and have fun in French is important to us and we are continually making improvements to help better serve our students and families!”
Founded by Mary Clements in 2009, Les Petites Pommes was created as a space where children could feel confident, happy and have fun in French.
What started as a short term project during Mary’s final year of university, Les Petites Pommes has turned into a long term commitment to French learning. Mary was inspired to start a French summer camp as her journey through French immersion was not an easy one. Her mother and father struggled with not being able to help her as they couldn’t speak French and often had to advocate for creative solutions with teachers to help Mary succeed during elementary school. French came more naturally to Mary during high school and university.
Thanks to the many families from our first summer to today, we have been able to grow our vision of helping students develop the tools to learn a new language and the ability to enrich their lives with all the benefits and connection that it can bring!
Today, while working towards language mastery, creating a sense of confidence, community and compassion for our students is at the heart of what we do.
Our administrative offices are located in Hamilton, Ontario, however we are working on sharing our programs with new cities in the coming years including Guelph, Waterloo, Burlington and Oakville.
The beginning of Les Petites Pommes! Through the help of Summer Company, a program offered by the Small Business Enterprise Centre, Mary launched the first summer camp with 1 staff member at 430 York Blvd in Hamilton.
By request of parents, a March Break camp was started. Our second summer thrived as we grew from 1 staff member to 4 and from 50 campers to 120.
We outgrew our location and found a new home at 215 Cline Ave N. (Temple Anshe Sholom) in Westdale, near McMaster University in Hamilton. At the request of parents, we also launched our first Winter Camp.
As more families attended summer camp, the demand for extra support in French throughout the school year grew. We expanded our after-school tutoring program while also adding beginner and intermediate adult language classes.
At the request of our students who had been coming to camp since the beginning, we created a Leadership Camp! We also added PA day camps throughout the year.
John became a full-time member of the Les Petites Pommes team and one of his first ventures was the creation of a new prep-program geared at 3-5 years olds. We also offered a new Soccer Camp that summer!
The grand opening of Les Petites Pommes Summer Camp in Guelph!