Fitzroy High School has been successful in receiving an Italian Language Assistant for Semester 2, 2020.
This year there will be twenty locally based assistants across schools in Victoria who will support qualified language teachers to provide authentic language and cultural experiences for students. Language assistants can use traditional and contemporary language and culture to engage students in face-to-face and online language learning. This includes, but is not limited to, team-teaching, providing small group or individual student language support, offering advice on linguistic and cultural matters and participating in school activities relating to their language and culture. The Italian teachers at Fitzroy High look forward to welcoming Assunta on the first day of Term 3!
Early in Term 3, the Fitzroy High School community launched an outstanding Italian week.
Students across all year levels participated in a wide range of activities celebrating the Italian language and culture.
A special thanks to Make A Scene theatre company for their engaging Commedia Dell’Arte performances, Monticello Pasticceria in Thornbury for their fresh cannoli and biscotti and staff members who helped with pizza making, gelato stalls and more. Funds raised will go towards purchasing resources for the Italian department.
We hope that our enthusiasm for Italian grows and look forward to what 2020 will bring for Italian at Fitzroy High.
Venice In Love
Last Friday, Make A Scene theatre group performed Venice in Love, a Commedia Dell’arte that entertained students from year 7 to 11.
Perhaps everyone thought this would be a serious rendition of the high renaissance themes of love, betrayal and death performed in Italian with maybe a bit of opera.
What we experienced instead was the timeless art of toilet humour and of audience participation. The former makes people laugh in any language, and the later instils a mix of fear of being picked and schadenfreude of those who are. The best is when the teachers themselves are drawn into the fun.
With puppetry, music and pantomime, the show had everything, and at one point, even the weather joined in with an earth-shattering thunder-clap that the performers integrated seamlessly into a fart joke. Classic.
At the end the students had time to ask a range of questions about a style of theatre that is as engaging now as it was in the 16th century.
Last term the Year 8 cohort participated in a fashion show organised by Vanessa, Daniel and Chiara. We started the unit of work by learning about the importance of fashion to Italian culture and history some vocabulary to name clothing items and describe styles.
Our main project involved exploring a range of different Italian fashion designers including Prada, Gucci, Kappa and many more. Everyone got creative (some more than others) and, inspired by the chosen designers, we each had to come up with our own fashion outfit to wear on the runway.
Chairs were placed as if we were really in fashion show. The atmosphere as each person walked down the runway was exhilarating and people were super confident in presenting. Our hosts were Olivia Villanti and Zara Schaper and one member from each group described the outfit in Italian.
Each design brought a unique perspective on fashion itself. It was interesting learning about Italian fashion because Italy has always been a country leading the high fashion industry. Learning about different styles can inspire people to find their own personal style, no matter where they come from. Overall, it was such a fun day for everyone and a great way to finish the term.
Grazie e arrivederci, Morena Walsh and Maddie K 8V
Fitzroy High Italian community participates in one of the most popular events of the year celebrating all things Italiano! A special thanks to members of the FIZ (Fitzroy Italian Zone) who have contributed to the organisation of this event.
MONDAY 21st to FRIDAY 25th OCTOBER FITZROY HIGH SCHOOL
A whole week of Italian food, music, theatre, sport, and culture.
Thursday: Pizza: Margherita: $4 each or 2 for $7. Vegetarian or Capricciosa $5 each or 2 for $9.
Friday: Venice in Love Performance for Year 9s and Gelato at lunch time. $2 for one flavour and $3 for 2 flavours.
We departed from Fitzroy High School on Tuesday 23rd of July and it was a gloomy and wet morning. We arrived at Valley Homestead in Ovens Valley by 1pm and it was sunny and picturesque. There were lots of activities on offer but I only wanted to do two: the flying fox and the free fall side – a 4 metre slide! I had to do other stuff that wasn’t great but was good, because we got to be with the boys in the activity group. Our cabin was the best and we all brought lots of food to keep our energy levels boosted. The last night was disco night! The teachers kept trying to stop the party, but the fellas soldiered on, like true heroes.
By Finn Peake, 9Y
Since I’ve clearly lost count of the number of school camps I’ve attended, I won’t bore you with the numbers. However, this particular camp was easily one of the best planned and directed I’ve had the pleasure of being part of. Vanessa accommodated even last minute and sometimes difficult changes of plan, remaining her efficient and good humoured self. I noticed one comment about the food, but having watched the obvious pleasure many seemed to take in ‘seconds’, I thought this indicated the food was quite acceptable – and there was always plenty of it. The other aspect of this camp was the enthusiasm of almost every student to have a go at all the activities. Added to the general good nature and good humour of this group of students, it produced a most impressive and really quite memorable experience. I doubt the students will realise how this experience added to their self-belief and resilience for some time. A great camp experience!
On the 9th of August three senior students from Fitzroy High proudly attended the Model United Nations Conference hosted at CO.AS.IT resource centre in Carlton. The topic for debate was Combating Climate Change: Committing to global action. More than 60 students representing more than 15 countries took part in this initiative. A UNAAV Model UN Conference simulated a full-day session of the United Nations General Assembly. The day was conducted entirely in Italian and through role play and debate students had the opportunity to step into the shoes of country ambassadors. Tallulah Thornton-Lawrence in Year 11, Holly Pyers in Year 10 and Breanna Botterill in Year 11 from Fitzroy High represented Canada and used their negotiation and diplomacy skills to express the views of their allocated country. Students interacted with other delegates during the caucus sessions, presented their allocated country’s position to the General Assembly and moved amendments to a Draft Resolution.
Participating in the RIJI mock interviews in early July was a worthwhile experience for Year 9 students. We started preparing early Term 2 as part of one of the five rotations of our Connect program. We had to find an entry level job and then respond to the ad by creating a cover letter and resumé. This was a lengthy process due to all of the editing and refining we had to go through in which teachers revised our work. On the day of the mock interviews, we brought our documents and our interviewer asked us many questions (most of which we were prepared for). This was an opportunity in which only a few schools have the privilege to participate. We highly recommend that the upcoming year levels attend this day, we promise you won’t regret it! We now feel more prepared to enter the workforce and have gained more interpersonal skills.
Ciao! My name is Tallulah and I’m studying Italian in Year 11 this year through the Victorian School of Languages (VSL). This term, Fitzroy High School has welcomed Chiara, an Italian Language Assistant from Siena. She has been a magnificent help for both me and other students across Years 7 to 9. Chiara has been a great support for me so far in my study sessions; every fortnight, we speak for an hour in Italian and this gives me the opportunity to revise pronunciation, grammar and learn new vocabulary with a local speaker.
Having an assistant has given me the opportunity to grow my confidence in general conversation, because I feel comfortable making mistakes and answering questions.
I chose to continue Italian after Year 9 because I have always loved learning about the language and culture, and Chiara’s insights and capabilities have been extremely valuable in encouraging my learning in my senior years.
– Tallulah Thornton Lawrence, Year 11
It has been exciting having Chiara visit us in class and help with activities. It gives us a first hand experience of pronunciation and a lot more insight into the language itself! We’ve currently been learning about the differences and similarities between the north and south (nord e sud) of Italy: climate, regional cuisine, people, and so on. It’s been very enjoyable to study this topic and having Chiara there has made it all the better! Non vedo l’ora – I can’t wait.
Last year in Year 7 Italian one of our
projects was to research a region of Italy and present it in whatever form we
liked. After studying some geography and uniqueness of the regions of Italy, I
decided to research Liguria because it looked beautiful and interesting, with
its beautiful food, wild forests and colorful villages on steep cliff sides
leading down to the sea. I really love Art and Craft so I decided to present my
project as a 3D model. Some of the interesting facts I learned were that
Christopher Columbus came from Liguria as well as one of NASA’s astronauts. The
people of Liguria have lots of festivals across the year, including the
celebration of the Fava Bean!
an ex-student, it was an absolute pleasure to come back to Spensley Street and
see all my primary school teachers. I haven’t been back in a few years and it
was great to see how things have changed
since I’ve been gone.
is a class that all Year 9 students complete at Fitzroy High. It involves
different programs such as visiting organisations where we learn about what
kind of things are going on there and we can decide if we are interested in
volunteering there later on in the year
essentially about connecting with community members and helping out those in
term, Year 9s have been to Salvation Army where we learnt about homelessness
and how it affects the lives of more Australians then we think, Yarra Youth
Services to find out about sports, art and cultural programs, and Spensley
Street where we got to help out in the classrooms. After each excursion we
reflect on what we have learnt, how we helped out and how we could help out in
I returned to Spensley Street I was reminded how important primary school was
for me and I realised how valuable the Connect Program is for us and the wider
community. I’d like to thank Spensley Street, teachers and students, for
welcoming us into the classrooms and helping us learn about the community and
how things work at Spensley Street.
Alex Castles Krusec 9Y
Our class experienced a
taste of volunteering in various sectors of the workforce; specifically
education, youth services, humanitarian, and aged care. The Connect program
helps us experience different parts of Melbourne and our community and how it
all comes together. It was nice to experience a different part of our community
while visiting Ruckers Hill Nursing Home, talking to residents who enjoyed our
At times it was a
confronting and challenged us to communicate in a different way with people who
have aged care needs, such as dementia. We heard different life and work
stories from the residents, some of which were; a London toy maker, a furniture
removalist, a physiotherapist and activist, and a pilot. Overall it was fun but
a rewarding experience.
Spensley Street Primary School helped us connect to younger children and their teachers, helping out in the classroom, music, art or with physical education. We really enjoyed visiting Spensley Street, being with young children is a very uplifting and fun. Our next step is to focus on a charity sector that we are interested in and try to find our own volunteer experience for five weeks in term 3.