Multicultural Day

Last Wednesday (22nd March, 2017) the whole school celebrated ‘Harmony week’ with our annual ‘Multicultural day’. The day started with a parade, students came in wonderful costumes representative of their cultures. It was evident that a lot of thought and effort went into the costumes which was fantastic to see. The parade was followed by a learning rotation. The kids participated in activities such as making a Chinese dragon, learning about foods from around the world, making an Eiffel Tower out of Lego, learning how to play the European sport; ‘fist ball’, and learning where in the world your classmates and their families come from (just to name a few).


Making Chinese Dragons

After recess we had the pleasure of engaging in a ‘multicultural dance’ incursion. Emilio from EPR Productions was engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. As a whole school students learnt about the cultural roots of various dances such as the ‘Tarantella’ from Italy, an African war dance, and ‘Flamenco’ dancing from Spain as well as learnt how to do these dances! The incursion was fantastic and the kids thoroughly enjoyed learning some new dance moves. The incursion was followed by a second learning rotation.


Learning the Tarantella dance

The students then had a special lunch provided by our wonderful PFA that consisted of pizza and gelato whilst listening to some Italian music. After lunch, students discussed and reflected on the day’s events as well as developed their understanding of the significance of Harmony week.


Enjoying gelato al limone

Multicultural day demonstrated the wonderfully diverse yet collaborative community we have at Belle Vue Primary School. As a community we were able to lead by example what it means to live in harmoniously in a multicultural community. Students, staff and parents should be proud of the successful day Multicultural day was. Everyone contributed in a positive way to making multicultural day 2017 a memorable one, grazie a tutti (thankyou to everyone) and auguri (congratulations).

 – Signorina Piacentini

Here are some student reflections from the day:

“My favourite part was dancing some dances from around the world because it was fun.” – (Kasra, Prep W)

“My favourite thing was drawing a boomerang because we got to listen to some aboriginal stories.” – (Livinia, Prep W)

“My favourite thing was making the Eiffel tower out of Lego.” – (Julius, Prep W)

“I enjoyed the music because I learnt how to do dance moves. I liked the pizza and gelato, it was the best. Ice cream rules!” (Chris, 1/2D)

“I enjoyed the dancing. It was very active. I learnt to do a spider dance from Italy.” (Quinn-tessa, 1/2B)

“My favourite part of today was the cultural dancing. I loved the Flamenco and also the Tarantella.” (Abi, 3/4H)

“I enjoyed doing the Tarantella dance because I liked linking arms. I learnt that the dance was made up because people said that when a tarantula bit you, you would do a crazy dance!” (Mia, 3/4W)

“Today at Belle Vue was multicultural day. We celebrated some people’s cultures and learnt a few dances that are traditional in some countries. We played Fist ball with Mr. G and learnt some skills. At the end we played a match with Mr K. Everyone enjoyed it and had fun whilst trying something new. Afterwards we went to Ms Raymond’s room and learnt A LOT about Aboriginal dreaming. It was really interesting to learn about their beliefs. We made some art about our learning. Finally, we had a lesson on dancing with Emilio who has travelled the world. We learnt the Tarantella, the Flamenco and an African war dance. They were awesome dances and fun to learn. Today was a fun day in the week!” (Sebastian 5/6G)

“I felt that Multicultural Day was to celebrate how different cultures come and live together. I really enjoyed doing the Aboriginal drawing and learning about the Aboriginal people’s myths and stories about how the world was created.” – (Kenneth 5/6R)



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Some of the fantastic work the students have been doing…

Below are some samples of the fantastic work out students have been doing in the Italian classroom, bravissimi!

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‘Poesie Acrostiche’ (acrostic poems) by the Grade 5/6 students

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‘Poesie Acrostiche’ (acrostic poems) by the Grade 5/6 students

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‘Orologi delle emozioni’ (Emotion watches/wheels) by the Grade 1/2 students

Poesie Acrostiche

The students showing off their great work!

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Buongiorno a tutti! Bentornati (welcome back) to another year of learning in the Italian classroom and benvenuti (welcome) to all the new students and families at Belle Vue Primary School.

All classes have all been busy busy, it is hard to believe that we are already approaching the 5th week of term 1!

The preps have learnt how to use basic greetings, have begun identifying with some Italian colours and numbers and are learning songs such as ‘Ciao Buongiorno’, ‘Cinque Scimiette’ (Five Little Monkeys) and ‘Dieci Piccoli Indiani’ (10 Little Indians).

Grade 1 and 2 students have been exploring colours and greetings and are now learning to express ‘le emozioni’ (emotions) in Italian.

Grade 3 and 4 children are exploring greetings and numbers and have learnt how to introduce and describe themselves, including their ‘viso’ (facial features).

Grade 5 and 6 students have been exploring greetings and using their prior knowledge in Italian as well as their research and dictionary skills to write ‘una poesia acrostica’ (acrostic poem) using their given name.

Multicultural Day is coming up on Wednesday 22nd of March, students can start thinking about their multicultural dress ups for the day. This year, as a change from previous years, students will be watching and participating in a ‘multicultural dance’ production run by EPR Productions. They will also have the opportunity to take part in an Italian classroom lunch. This will operate as a lunch order. We encourage all students to get involved in this shared lunch experience! More information will follow in upcoming newsletters so stay tuned!

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What we are upto in the Italian classroom…

Preps are currently making family finger puppets to help them to learn family member titles. We have been singing along to the song ‘La famiglia della dita’. Follow the link to sing along at home. Next week they will start learning the days of the week in Italian!

Making 'La Famiglia della dita' (The Finger Family)

Making ‘La Famiglia della dita’ (The Finger Family) puppets.

Singing along to ‘La Famiglia della dita’ song.

The grade 1/2 students have finished learning how to express what they eat for various meals and are currently learning modes of transport ‘il trasporto’.

The 3/4 students have been engaging in discussion about all things culturally and historically Italian and are now doing a mini research task on a topic that interests them. They are soon going to present their research findings to the class.

Grade 5/6 have been learning how to express the time and how to write/use reflexive verbs. They are using this knowledge of time and reflexive verbs to write sentences that describe what they do in the morning in order to get ready.







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Term 3 wrap up

As we reach the final weeks of term 2 the grade 5/6 students are busy finishing off their Italian migration research projects. Through this work, they are developing an appreciation and understanding of the Italian migrant’s experience in Australia. Bravissimi!

The grade 3/4s have been learning how to talk about themselves and others in the present tense using the verb ‘essere’ (to be) and have also learnt how to express their likes and dislikes (mi piace e non mi piace) in relation to their hobbies/interests. They have used this learning to write a paragraph about themselves, bravi!

Prep and 1/2 children have recently started a unit of work on L’Italia. We have looked at all things Italian such as famous monuments and iconic foods.


Here are the prep girls showing off their writing on their ‘Che cosa è?’ (What is it?) Worksheet. Buon lavoro!

Well done on a fun and productive term everyone! Buone Vacanze (Happy Holidays)!

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L’aula d’Italiano – Term 3 so far…

Welcome to Term 3 in the Italian classroom.

This term the prep students have been busy learning how to say farm animal names, they have especially been enjoying singing ‘Old MacDonald’ in Italian! Here is a photo of some of the fantastic work the preps have done…


Prep animal ‘cut, paste and match’ activity

Grade 1 and 2 children have been learning about pets and how to respond to the question ‘Hai un animale domestico?’ (Do you have a pet?).

The grade 3s, 4s, 5s and 6s have been exploring ‘Le cose che preferiamo’ (our favourite things) which has tested their Italian dictionary skills in order to find works to describe their favourite things (such as animals, foods and games).

Here is the wonderful display they have created…


Grade 5/6 ‘Le cose che preferiamo’ display


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Italian with the Preps

The preps have been busy learning about ‘il corpo’ (the body).

They are loving learning the body parts and especially enjoying singing and performing the actions to the song ‘testa, spalle, ginocchie e piedi’ (head, shoulders, knees and toes).

Click the above text to listen and practice at home.

Here is some fantastic work the preps have done, bravissimi!

Here is some fantastic work the preps have done.







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L’aula d’Italiano – Term 2 so far…

Welcome back to term 2 in the Italian classroom, we are keeping busy!

The Prep children are still busy learning ‘i numeri’ (numbers), and ‘i colori’ (colours) (and wow, they are getting so good at both!). The children had fun making cards for ‘Festa della Mamma’ (Mother’s Day) and have recently started exploring  ‘i parti del corpo’ (parts of the body).

The 1/2s are learning ‘i numeri’ and have become so confident that they are now counting past 20!. They are consolidating on their knowledge of ‘i colori’ and had lots of fun making ‘il gioco della memoria’ (memory card game). They have also been exploring ‘i giorni della settimana’ (days of the week) and ‘i mesi dell’anno’ (months of the year).


1/2 children playing ‘Il gioco della memoria’

The 3/4s are learning ‘i numeri’ and have no problems counting past ‘cento’ (one hundred!). They are exploring ‘giorni della settimana’ (days of the week), ‘i mesi dell’anno’ (the months of the year) through ‘la filastrocca dei mesi’ (rhyme of the months) and have been writing simple sentences in Italian.

The 5/6s have consolidated on their number knowledge and are now counting past 500. They have just finished looking at the topic of ‘Le Nazioni’ where we used simple sentences in the present tense to describe where our families come from.

Belle Vue is home to students from so many cultures! Here is the display the 5/6s created.

Belle Vue is home to students from so many cultures! Here is the display the 5/6s created.

The 5/6s are now exploring vocabulary associated with ‘Abbigliamento’ (clothing). We have looked at gendering of nouns and converting nouns from singular form into plural form.

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L’Aula d’Italiano

Term 1 for all grades has been mainly focused on learning to meet and greet in the Italian language and on learning to count.

Prep have been busy learning songs such as ‘Ciao Buongiorno’ and ‘Dieci Piccoli Indiani’ (Ten little Indians) and have just started learning ‘I Colori’ (colours).

Foundation children singing 'Dieci Piccoli Indiani' (Ten Little Indians).

Foundation children singing ‘Dieci Piccoli Indiani’ (Ten Little Indians).

The 1/2s have also learnt the ‘Ciao Buongiorno’ song, explored the meaning of the lyrics and learnt ‘I colori’.

The 3/4s have been busy learning to meet and greet in Italian and are now learning to tell the story of ‘Il Bruco Molto Affamato’ (The Very Hungry Catepillar).

The 5/6s have been working on writing and acting out role plays between two people who have just met as well as learning to calculate numbers in Italian. To tie in with multicultural day they have been exploring ‘Le Nazioni’ (countries) and using the present tense to write simple sentences related to their cultural background.

5/6 role playing two people meeting for the first time.

5/6 students role playing two people meeting for the first time.

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