Kialla West students celebrate all things Italian

By Liz Mellino

The culture of Italy came alive at Kialla West Primary School yesterday for the school’s biannual Italian Day.

Students dressed as their favourite Italian food, character or in traditional costume to mark the day, before completing activities around the theme Pinocchio.

‘‘The students have been learning a lot about Pinocchio and the history of the Italian author Carlo Collodi and we’re culminating the day with what we’ve learnt in class,’’ Kialla West Italian specialist Rose Corbo said.

Students enjoyed a day of activities creating pieces of artwork, making Pinocchio masks and baking traditional Pinocchio biscuits.

Students also enjoyed a visit from a Melbourne-based theatre company which put on a live performance of Pinocchio.

‘‘Activities will rotate during the morning and in the afternoon we’ll culminate with a performance and each child will get a gelato — a traditional Italian icecream — to celebrate the day and celebrate everything Italy,’’ Ms Corbo said.

‘‘The aim is to promote languages, the awareness of cultures, diversity and the ability to speak another language.’’

Ms Corbo said the day was a collaboration with Carolyn Gale, the art specialist at Orrvale Primary School, with students from Orrvale celebrating their Italian Day today.