30 July 2015
Our Italian Exchange program was a wonderful opportunity for our students and our Italian visitors to share cultural experiences, speak in Italian and English and to embrace the diversity which makes our global communities so fascinating.
The program included a range of activities from classroom learning to excursions to the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne and Sydney. We welcomed nine students from the Scuola Media “da Stefano” and two students from the Liceo Classico in Putignano in the province of Bari. Accompanying the group were Preside Marianna Buttiglione, Mr Giovanni Spinelli, Mr Francesco Spinelli and Exchange Co-ordinator Prof. Giuseppe Lopriore. One of the highlights of the visit was the Italian Exchange dinner at the Marlhes restaurant where Mr Nigel Engel and his team provided an amazing menu and friendly service. We thank them for their hard work. Preside Buttiglione and Prof. Lopriore presented the College with three beautiful books. We are enormously grateful to our host families for their warm and generous welcome and to the students who were kind and friendly buddies to the exchange students at school.
The students involved in hosting and caring for our Italian visitors were Elana, Jack and Sophie Atherden, Nicholas Brincat, Alicia Cannizzano, Keenan Gorski, Madeline Hall, John Hawkins, Louisa Huang, Celine Lloyd, Stephen O’Brien, Zack Pizzingrilli, Mitchell Ryan, Ashleigh Topham, Annemarie Bell, Darcy Bloodworth, Trent Donia, Anthony Francis, Natalie Galati, Jonathan Gilham, Tayla Jackson, Chelsea Mussett, Scout Perry, Liam Ryan and Danyelle Zschech.
We thank our staff who taught the Italian students and, in particular, acknowledge the commitment and passion of Mr Anthony Montemurro, Ms Anna Liggieri and Ms Anne Genio in creating such an amazing exchange and working so tirelessly to ensure that everything ran smoothly, with optimum enjoyment for the participants.
Last term, our year 8, 9 and 10 students of French took part in the Alliance Franҫaise poetry recitation competition and we are proud to announce that we have three finalists. In year 8, Jarrod Overend and Samuel Moreira and in Year 10, Cassidy Page. The finals will take place in August at the Alliance in St Kilda and we look forward to their results.
A celebration of French National Day on July 14 would not be complete without French pastries. As you can see from the photos below, students enjoyed some lovely sweet pastries at a lunchtime stall and the ACK Staff demolished their French themed morning tea, too.
Jane Darrou - LOTE Coordinator