Italian at Fitzroy High School

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.

– Milo Strangio, 9V Italian

Year 7 Italian

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!   

Maya Donaldson, 8Y

Victorian School of Languages (VSL) Awards

A number of our students study a language other than Italian through VSL, either by Distance Education or Saturday morning classes. In past years we have had students studying Punjabi, Vietnamese, Spanish and Dutch, to name a few. This year, two of our Year 10 students received awards in excellence for their studies. Congratulations to Tura T for his Award in Excellence for Indonesian. Congratulations to Liryca S for her Award in Excellence for German. Both students were presented with their awards at VSL at the ceremony on Saturday 3 December. In addition to receiving her award, Liryca (who is also studying Japanese) performed a contemporary song in German, and performed in front of an audience of about 300 people. A very impressive effort.

Sandra Dickins
Pathways and Community Leader
Co-Scarlet Team Leader