Congratulations to the students who participated in the annual Italian Catholic Schools Poetry Competition which was held yesterday at St. John the Baptist Primary School in Ferntree Gully. The students put in an amazing effort and were thrilled to finish in first place.  BRAVISSIME! 


This term the 1/2s have been reading the book ‘L’Orto del Nonno’ (Grandpa’s Vegetable Garden).


In this story Nonno grows lots of different vegetables in his garden and Nonna uses them to make Minestrone soup. Do you know someone who loves their vegie garden? What do they like to grow? Comment below and tell me some names of vegetables in Italian.


Italian Poetry Competition 2017

Gemma, Fabian, Greta, Chloe and Mia took part in the annual Eastern Region Italian Poetry Competition today. Our students did an amazing  job of reciting their poems in front of an audience of about 100 people and I am very proud of their efforts. Molto bravi.




The Italian alphabet has only 21 letters and many of the letters make different sounds in Italian than they do in English. In 1/2 the students have been exploring these sounds and finding new words that begin with each letter.

Listen to Samuel, Isla and Alexander saying the Italian alphabet. Che bravi!







Have you read the latest Leigh Hobbs book “Mr Chicken arriva a Roma”? It’s a  bilingual story about Mr Chicken visiting  il Colosseo, la Bocca della Verità, la Fontana di Trevi, il Vaticano  and other Roman attractions on his vespa.

Ava (Prep M) and Sienna (1/2C) brought it to school recently to share and we also have a copy in the library. Look out for it. It’s fantastico!


image image image Today the students in 3/4 were invited to Marcellin College to participate in some Italian language activities. There were lots of Year 9 students from Marcellin to help us practice our Italian and complete the activities. We played Tombola made Carnevale masks and an Italian Passport. It was lots of fun.


Today the 5/6s participated in Pasta Making workshops. First they were welcomed with the Fisarmonica and then they began making Tagliatelle. All of the students took their pasta home to cook. I hope they enjoy it.

Buon Appetito!





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Today in Italian the 1/2s had a lot of fun making MINESTRONE.

The vegetables we used were carote, patate, zucchini, cavolo, sedano, cipolle, fagioli and pomodori.

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In the afternoon we ate the minestrone. Lots of children came back for seconds. Che buono!

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The 5/6s have enjoyed learning about Pasta this term.

We even did some ‘Pasta Arte’.

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These collages were made with spaghetti, penne, conchighlie, fusilli, ditalini, farfalle, fettuccine, lasagne, chifferi and maccheroni.  





The students in Prep. have been working hard in Italian learning to ask and respond to the questions Come ti chiami? and Come stai?


And Preps. don’t forget to share with your families all the Italian songs we have been learning as well. Alla prossima. Ciao.




It’s time for many Italian families in Australia to get together and make SUGO. The tomatoes are washed, chopped and crushed through a machine before being bottled and boiled. The Sugo is then used throughout the year for pasta.




This year at St. Charles we have Grade 6 Italian monitors. They are Sienna and Dante B. They will be assisting Signora Di Muzio with all things Italian.

Below they have written a paragraph about themselves in Italian. 

Ciao mi chiamo Sienna. Ho undici anni. Io ho un fratello. Si chiama Marcus. Vado alla scuola di San Carlo Borromeo. Abito in Victoria, Australia. Sono Australiana. Il mio sport preferito è il nuoto. Il mio piatto preferito è la pizza margherita. Mi piace il netball e One Direction. A presto. Sienna.

Ciao, mi chiamo Dante. Ho undici anni. Vado alla scuola di San Carlo Borromeo. Abito a Melbourne. Sono Australiano. Io ho due fratelli e non ho sorelle. Il mio sport preferito è il calcio. Il mio piatto preferito è la pasta napolitana. Mi piace lo sport e mi piace guardare lo motor sport. Saluti. Dante.

Italian Bupa Visit

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Last Thursday a group of Year 3 and 4 students visited Bupa to share their learning in Italian. Bupa has at least 25 Italian speaking residents and the 3/4 students entertained them with the songs “Andiamo in Italia”, “Che tempo fa?”, “Che Ora é?” and finally a Christmas song  “Tin Tin Tin”.

Molto bravi ragazzi!


imageLast Friday St.  Charles celebrated “ITALIAN DAY”. The day began with a parade where the students showed the wonderful costumes and colours they were wearing. Next we heard from the students with some Italian songs and poems. Later on we enjoyed watching Pippo and Pasquale in their new show “Mission Gnocchi” and eating a traditional gelato.  

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