Host families are needed for our French Exchange

11 June 2015


Our French Exchange will be held from July 18 - August 25 and we are looking for billets to host students.  Here is an overview of the exchange which will be via the CEI organisation (Centre d' Echange Internationaux) and me. 

Length of exchange stay : July 18 - August 25  (5 weeks)

Exchange student ages : 15-17 years

Origin : From different schools across France

Payment : $150 per family per week to host the student

Application process : students must take the initiative to apply, be selected and agree to strict terms and conditions

Insurance : the exchange students will have full travel insurance 

Uniform : students will not wear any part of the ACK uniform at any time, instead classic navy trousers, navy skirts, navy jumpers and jackets, white shirts, black shoes (supplied by the exchange student)

Arrival : July 18, pick up will be by the host family at Melbourne Airport or we can arrange pick up via CEI.

Classes : students will have their own ACK timetable and do not necessarily have to attend classes with a host brother or sister. Other than uniform, all aspects of ACK life will be followed, including the Code of Conduct. 

Gender of the exchange student: depends on the host family, matching will occur

Room : the exchange student must have his or her own bedroom

Transport to ACK : If bus transport is used, availability of official places on buses has to be approved before billet approval. I will check bus seat availability via Ms Fitzgerald.   

Working With Children Card : all host family members living at your address OVER 18 years of age must have a current WWC card and the number will need to be given to me for our records.

If your family is interested in this chance to welcome a young person from France, please contact me. 


Bravo to students who competed in the Language Perfect World Championships

This year’s championships, from May 18-28, attracted a great deal of interest from our language students. 

The competition is an excellent way for students to strengthen their skills in French and Italian and to build on their bank of useful vocabulary. 

We congratulate the following students on their outstanding efforts and achievements:

Emily Waite - Elite Award, 10,010 points

Daniel Parkinson - Gold Award, 3189 points

Celine Lloyd - Gold Award, 3168 points

Gabrielle Meli - Silver Award, 2865 points

Samuel Moreira - Bronze Award, 1020 points

Dylan Cook, Chelsea Mussett,  Melanie Pearce, Bianca Tonna - Credit Awards

Bravo to all students who took part.


Italian Community and Culture

Braving Bonegilla - A photographic journey in the Italian migrant experience

The Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was the first and largest of 23 such centres in Australia. Originally an army camp, it was converted by the Department of Immigration to accommodate and educate migrants, and assist them to find work. During its operations, between 1947 and 1971, the Centre housed over 300,000 European displaced people and migrants intending to settle in Australia.

The opening event will include the participation of men and women who lived through Bonegilla.

Exhibition: June 4 – August 14. Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 12.30pm-5pm

Venue: Museo Italiano, Co.As.It. 199 Faraday Street, Carlton 3053

Jane Darrou - LOTE Coordinator