During the shooting of the episodes, students from five Northern Ontario elementary schools, including École élémentaire catholique Félix-Ricard in Sudbury, École élémentaire catholique Ste-Marie in Azilda and École élémentaire catholique Alliance St-Joseph in Chelmsford, had to take up a series of fun and unusual challenges.
These challenges included improvisation, identifying the differences in two drawings, tongue-twisters, “gross” and harmless challenges, and finding words among a group of mixed letters.
The program’s objectives were to promote, unite and celebrate the Franco-Ontarian identity and facilitate networking.
“My experience was memorable,” Olivia Jacot de Boinot, Félix-Ricard student, said in a press release.
“By participating in this francophone, educational and fun show, we learned to become more efficient. We had to use the group’s synergy in our efforts to excel as a team.”
“I was able to discover the behind-the-scene workings of a television show and met people from different schools in Northern Ontario,” said Renée-Anne Blais, another student at Félix-Ricard.
“The challenges were amusing and demanding. We had to read a great deal to succeed.”
“This experience was a great deal of fun,” said Félix-Ricard student Nikolas Smith.
“I made new friends and met some very energetic judges. My favourite challenge was the gross challenge. I especially take great pride in being able to display my passion for my French language.”
Au défi will be aired on TFO at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. until to Sunday. The show can also be viewed online at audefi.tfo.org.