Schools bring Italian culture to life

By Madeleine Byron

It was Orrvale Primary School’s turn yesterday to bring the culture of Italy to life, following Tuesday’s Italian Day celebrations at Kialla West Primary School.

A sea of red, white and green symbolised the knowledge of Italian heritage students had learned in the classroom, including the history of the Italian arthur Carlo Collodi.

‘‘It was a multi-age activity day including all things Italian and the theme Pinocchio,’’ school Italian specialist Rose Corbo said.

Students enjoyed art and craft activities as well as the performance from a Melbourne-based theatre company of Pinocchio.

‘‘The kids loved it, they were so excited and eager to learn about Italian traditions,’’ Ms Corbo said.

She said despite the cold and icy winds yesterday the students welcomed the offer of an ice-cream.

‘‘The day concluded with a traditional Italian gelato in celebration of all things Italy,’’ Ms Corbo said.

The day was a collaboration with school art specialist Carolyn Gale, who helped students create a Pinocchio keyring to remember the day.