I giovani d’oggi sognano un mondo migliore. Sei d’accordo? “Young people today dream of a better world. Do you agree?” This was the question posed to the Year 12 Italian students for their Extension Trial oral examination. In a three-minute monologue, they were able to articulate various reasons they believed that there was indeed a need to empower young people to effect positive change. Reflecting on such issues and presenting their arguments, they were able to use sophisticated language structures, syntax and vocabulary. For these girls, the beginning of their study of languages seems a very long time ago. In fact, most of them started in the Year 7 Language classroom, exchanging greetings with their classmates.
At the end of Term 2, students in Year 8 cooked up a storm in Centenary Hall under the expert guidance of chef Luca Roncari from Piatto perfetto. The Italians made their own fresh pasta and enjoyed it with a puttanesca sauce. The French students whipped up both savoury and sweet crêpes, and the students of Mandarin created the traditional lettuce-wrapped delight, san choy bow. The inaugural French disco kicked off at Willoughby earlier in the term, organised by Miss Annick Lombard. French students from a number of schools around Sydney donned their blue, white or red moustaches and danced the night away to a variety of French hits such as Plastic Bertrand’s Ça plane pour moi. A few weeks later, the students of Italian took to the floor at the annual Italian Dance. Here, students met students from other schools and together, danced to the traditional tarantella as well as to the Italian version of Gangnam Style. Students of languages in Year 9 will venture out of Kirribilli to enjoy a cultural feast in various locations of Sydney.
The students of Mandarin, together with Ms Li, will explore the Chinese Garden of Friendship at Darling Harbour followed by Yum Cha. Meanwhile, the students of Italian will discover the vibrant commercial centre of Haberfield. This excursion provides a fantastic opportunity to experience the Italian cuisine and to learn how the Italian culture has adapted in Australia.
The French students will make their way to the Little Snail Restaurant in Pyrmont where they will enjoy a traditional three course lunch whilst practising their French. A number of French and Italian exchange students have been visiting our classes over the past few months. They have been conversing with our students and if you were popping into the senior French classes, you would be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into a classroom in France. The girls enthusiastically exchanged ideas on various issues, getting to know about their respective cultures. The exchange students have been a great source of current thinking on a range of issues in Italy and France and our girls greatly benefitted from the experience.
Finally, we wish the senior students bonne chance, in bocca al lupo, zhù nǐ hǎo yùn as they work towards their final examinations. The Year 12 students will be leaving school with knowledge and skills in languages and cultures which will contribute not only to the cultural and linguistic richness of our society but also to their own personal fulfilment. I am certain that they are indeed dreaming of a better world – one without the looming exams!
Liana Trevisan (Ms)