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St. George College organized an event to celebrate 10 years of the teaching of Italian. Among the participants we noted about a hundred students from reception to year 12, Vini Ciccarello MP, David Pisoni MP, the Greek Consul-General, Dimitris Hatzopoulos, the President of the Italian Didactic Center, Giovanni Di Sessa, the Italian Education Consultant, Maria Grazia Re, the President of Com.It.Es., Vincenzo Papandrea, and the Secretary General of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, Teodoro Spiniello.

The Chairman of the Board, Mr Taliangis, and the Principal, Mr Panagopoulos, thanked the Italian Government and the Italian Didactic Center for their continued support for the teaching of a language, Italian, that is of particular importance for the students of St. George and their families. In a school that is focused on Greek language and culture, Italian is considered a sister culture because of the common classical roots, the geographic proximity and the strong historical ties around the Mediterranean sea

The Italian Consul, Tommaso Coniglio, commended the school for organizing such a wonderful event, that featured performances of Italian songs and poems by students of all ages and the showing of a DVD on the teaching of Italian at St. George. The hospitality was remarkable, with some students dressed in traditional costumes to greet guests in Italian, and Italian-style decorations and masks to add significance to the event.

The Consul said he was proud that the Italian Didactic Center chose to support the Italian program at St. George – a program that has proved to be one of the most successful in South Australia. The partnership must continue.

While underlining the objective difficulty of promoting Italian language and culture at 20.000 kilometers from Italy, Mr Coniglio said that schools like St George are a source of encouragement in that they show how keen parents and students are to learn about Italy and its rich history and culture, whether it be to rediscover one’s roots or simply to discover a new, fascinating country. “I think, continued Mr Coniglio, that young Australians are realizing, more and more, that studying “old-world” cultures - like Greece and Italy - provides great personal benefit and gives a very broad historical and social perspective. It is also wonderful to note that they are encouraged to pursue these studies thanks to the State’s multicultural policy.”