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Italian Day 2018


Grazie mille (a thousand thanks) to all students who participated so enthusiastically in all the activities on the day. A big ‘grazie’ to all the staff for helping make the day a great success and also to parents for helping with costumes. Ben fatto to all!

Year 1/2s learning to express likes and dislikes.


Year 1/2s are playing a game and asking each other “Ti piace…..?” (Do you like….?) and then responding with:

‘Si, mi piace  (name of food).  (Yes, I like …..) E` buonissimo! (It’s really good).   OR

‘No, non mi piace (name of food). (No, I don’t like….)  Fa schifo! (It’s yucky/disgusting!)










Students then wrote about their likes and dislikes. Here are some examples.




The benefits of being bi-lingual.


Grade 3/4 students singing and learning in Italian.


This semester, the Year 3/4 students have been learning about body parts with an initial focus on naming  parts of the face in Italian. They began the unit of work by learning the following song. It is a familiar song and one that many students recognised. It’s called ‘Se Sei Felice e Tu Lo Sai’ (If You’re Happy and You Know It).

I Colori (The Colours)


Foundation students have been learning the names of colours in Italian. The poem they learnt to help with remembering words is called ‘La Farfalla’ (The Butterfly). The colours in the poem are ‘rosso’ (red), ‘blu’ (blue), ‘verde’ (green) and ‘giallo’ (yellow). Ben fatto bambini! (Well done boys and girls!)


Ecco la farfalla, rossa, blu, verde e gialla

Vola di qua, vola di la` e mai si stanca!

Here is the butterfly, red, blue, green and yellow

It flys here, it flys there but it never gets tired!


Ecco la farfalla, rossa, blu, verde e gialla

Vola di qua, vola di la` e mai si stanca!

Here is the butterfly, red, blue, green and yellow

It flys here, it flys there but it never gets tired!

Il Cibo (The Food)


Year 1/2 students have been learning all about food this term. They have learnt an Italian song naming traditional Italian foods. They have been learning how to express likes and dislikes too. Buon lavoro, Year 1/2s! (Great work!).

Words to the song

Maccheroni, ravioli, pizza, pasta e ragu,`      (Maccheroni, ravioli, pizza, pasta and ragu`)

tramezzini e pannini, panna e tiramisu`,       (sandwiches and rolls, cream and tiramisu`)

e perche non tagliatelle, fettucine e spaghetti,   (and why not tagliatelle, fettucine and spahetti)

un risotto al formaggio, e bruschetta in omaggio!  ( a risotto with cheese and a complimentary                                                                                                                                                      bruschetta!)

Grade 3/4 students in the official Italian school uniform


Grade 3/4 students learnt a little about the public school system in Italy. We discussed some similarities and differences between Australian and Italian primary schools. The biggest difference students highlighted was the school uniform called a ‘grembiule’ (school smock). It was great to see how interested the students were in learning about cultural differences.

Grade 1/2 students in Italian uniforms.


Grade 1/2 students learnt about the Italian primary school uniform called ‘grembiule’. Students from Prep to Year 6 wear these as their school uniform.  They are predominantly worn by students who attend public school. The school ‘smock’ is gender neutral and sometimes comes in a different shade of blue.

The students loved dressing up as Italian school students.



Grade 5/6 students get a taste of what it’s like to dress as an Italian student.



Foundation A students singing in their Italian ‘grembiule’


Foundation students will be learning how to greet their peers and others in Italian and have started learning this through an Italian greeting song called ‘Ciao, Buongiorno’ (Hello, Good day). They also learnt a little about Italian culture and what children in Italy wear to school. The ‘grembiule’ is the traditional uniform worn by children in Primary School. They are worn over casual clothes and are worn by both girls and boys.

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