Grahamvale, St George’s Rd and Wilmot Rd primary schools participated in an Italian cultural celebration earlier this month, with students learning about the topic of celebrations.
‘‘To finish off the topic, students from the schools sampled some traditional sweets,’’ teacher Jo Nicolaci said.
Chocolate chip and sultana varieties of panettone, both traditionally eaten during the festive season, were enjoyed by all.
‘‘Giving panettone is not a simple act of kindness but a gesture rich in history and tradition,’’ Mrs Nicolaci said.
‘‘Originally from Milan, a city in northern Italy, the cake-like bread has raisins which are used for good wishes and are known to bring fortune and wealth.’’
Mrs Nicolaci said the history of panettone was documented as far back as the 1200s.