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IMPORTANT; To all Maltese Schools in Australia - please, fill in the "Information Form - CLICK HERE
I hope you are enjoying the school holidays and the beautiful Australian summer.
The results of the Year 12 Maltese exam were excellent. We would like to congratulate the three students who sat for the exam, - John Farrugia, Ron Borg and Maryjane Agius. You made our school proud. Congratulations also go to all the students who attended classes during 2008 and also to all who participated in the School Christmas presentation at the Multicultural Aged Care Facility at Regency Park.
We would like to advice you that the school will resume the lessons on Friday 30 January at 7.00 pm at the Maltese Cultural Centre - 6 Jeanes Street BEVERLEY - SOUTH AUSTRALIA. We do hope to see you there to enrol in the school for the 2009 scholastic year.
Our school does not teach only grammar and conversational Maltese but also the history, culture, traditions, food, arts and heritage of the Maltese Islands,
So, we invite you, your family and your friends to join us. There is no age limit and it is never too late to learn.
Anna Farrugia, Anna Agius, Josie and Frank Scicluna - Teachers Katie Cassar - Coordinator
Enrol on line


The Victorian School of Languages (VSL) is a non-profit Government school offering classes in 46 languages throughout Victoria for primary and secondary_ students. The school, which was established in 1935 by the-Department of Education, has an outstanding record and produces excellent VCE results.
LEARNING MALTESES The VSL is now enrolling students for the 2009 school year.Students interested in learning Maltese may enroll at the following centers of the Victorian -School of Languages: Gisbome, Taylors Lakes.
Those who were unable to enrol during the November enrolment period will be able to enrol during the first few weeks in February 2009. However, early enrolment is advisable since the classes may fill up before then.
The yearly enrolment fee for students in Years 1 to 10 is $55.00 and for VCE students if is $70.00. For adults studying in VCE classes the fee is $180.00 per year. Classes are generally held on Saturday from 9.00 to 12.20 pm during the school year.
Students should contact the relevant centre. Additional enquiries can be directed to: Victorian School of Languages Head Office Tel: (03) 9474 0500
Website: www.vsl.vic.edu.au

The Victorian School of Languages/Maltese is a member of the Federation of Maltese Language Schools Inc.


II-Maltese Language School of NSW (I-Iskola tal-Malti ta' NSW) qieghda mill-gdid taccetta applikazzjonijiet ghal Term 1 ghal din is-sena.
Se jkun hemm 'Enrolment Day' fl-iskola primarja ta' Horsley Park, The Horsley Drive, Horsley Park, nhar is-Sibt 7 ta' Frar mid 9:30 ta' filghodu sa nofsinhar
II-lezzjonijiet jinaghtaw kull nhar ta' Sibt filghodu f'Horsley Park u kull nhar t'Erbgfla filghaxija f'Seven Hills. Ghal aktar taghrif cemplu Ill Maria fuq (02) 9837 2514 Jew lill Sam fuq (02) 9672 3486. Jew lktbu email lill-malteselanguageschoolnsw@hotmafl.com. L-iskola tal-Malti hija fergha ufficjali tal-Kunsill tal-Komunita' Maltija ta' NSW
Il-Maltese Language School of NSW hija membru tal-Federazzjoni

Press Release Akkamademja Maltija Press Release 2, 19Jan09 1

In NSW in 2008, there were five NSW Higher School Certificate Candidates for Maltese Continuers (NSW Board of Studies), and all five students were from the Saturday School of Community Language Class at Seven Hills High School campus. �I am so proud of them� says Charles Galea, their teacher. Of the five, two were awarded band six (Jane Borg taking the Premiers Award) and two at band five. �He is a very good teacher� said Jane Borg, who sat the exams with her husband Joseph last year, along with three others. �His teaching methods really inspire and assist students to not just make it through the exams, which are challenging but achievable, but also actually speak Maltesewell� she said. Jane and Charles are both founding members of Akkademja Maltija ta� NSW Inc. (Academy of Maltese for NSW), with Jane being the President and Charles the HSC Coordinator.
This not for profit group of educators are seeking to promote and further develop the opportunities and choices for young Australians of Maltese origin to gain language and cultural literacy and a better understanding of who they are and find ways and pathways to be part of this meaningful experience.
�This is amazing, to have this interest in the language amongst the young, I am fully supportive of this move to bring more Australians of Maltese origin to the SSCL� he said. Charles said he was also supporting the teacher of a new SSCL in Wollongong's Smith Hill campus, Emmanuel Fenech, also from the Akkademja, which builds the numbers of Maltese language students in NSW and opportunities for interested young people. Jane said she was too, amazed and delighted at the level of success of the students, given that many travel large distances and have many demands on their time on Saturdays. "Doing HSC Maltese to adult levels for high school aged children and young adults through to the NSW HSC, is very valuable as many do well and achieve marks which improve their chances for university entrance as a result. "
Additionally, it is now widely recognised that learning any 2nd language increases thinking ability, but learning your heritage or community language builds your self esteem and confidence as well; a winning combination in a fast paced society like ours" she said. "I am very happy with the success of our students and hope to continue giving this service to the Maltese community in Sydney. Congratulations to all the HSC graduates for 2008, bravi and keep going, you are making us proud of your achievements and sheer will to learn" Charles said.

The Saturday School of Community Languages has a Maltese language and culture class to provide high school aged students with the opportunity to study Maltese language and culture to the Higher School Certificate. The class uses the NSW Board of Studies Maltese syllabuses throughout. This is a free class which is open to any high school student. Any DET or Catholic School students are eligible to attend. You need to enrol yourself or your young person with a SSCL Enrolment form which you can get from the teacher. There are no fees.

Please contact the teacher Charles Galea on 02 9674 2970 after school hours please. Email: galeachl@iprimus.com.au Grazzi hafna!
Media Contact: Charles Galea - Sydney - 02 9674 2970 or Jane Borg: jvirgogirl@hotmail.com
L-Iskola Maltija u Sydney u l-Iskola Maltija ta Wollongong are members of the Federation of the Maltese Language Schools INC.
Skola Maltija - supported by Akkademja Maltija ta' New South Wales Inc.

Following the success of the Skola Maltija of Wollongong in providing Maltese classes for three years In a small community club in Cringila, the Saturday School of Community Languages program (SSCL) in the NSW Department of Education has agreed to provide a funded teacher and class at their centre in Smiths Hill.
"This is a tremendous breakthrough" said Charles Galea, teacher of the only other SSCL Maltese class in NSW. "We are very excited and happy because We Maltese Australians are proud of our language and culture" says Emmanuel Fenech, the new teacher for Smiths Hill and Principal for Skola Maltija Wollongong.
Emmanuel Fenech is a local high school teacher and community artist in Wollongong. Having already started Skola Maltija of Wollongong over three years ago, he says his vision for the future for the Maltese community in Illawarra is clear. "The fire is burning In Maltese Australians like never before. Providing high-school aged young adults and children ,with adult literacy through the NSW HSC in Maltese language and culture, in an educational dream for the future for our kids", he says. As a native speaker in the Maltese language, he will certainly be kept very busy this year. "We are giving him all the support and advice we can" says Charles. "We are very happy with this development. Congratulations to IIlawarra for gating this class".
Saturday School of Community Languages starting 2009 The Saturday School of Community Languages has commenced a Maltese class to provide high-school aged students with the opportunity to study Maltese language and culture to the Higher School Certificate.
The class uses the NSW Board of Studies Maltese syllabuses throughout. This is a free class which is open to any high school student. Any DET or Catholic School student is eligible to attend. An SSCL Enrolment form is required . There are no fees.
Please contact Emmanuel Fenech on 02 4257 0495 after school hours please. Or email fenechpexemail.com.au

Akkamademja Maltija Press Release 3, 19 Jan09 1


Finally- classes for Australians of Maltese origin are available in a location that can be reached by city workers &residents of the Inner West and Inner City residents, with those from the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, a short drive away. We knew the demand was there,- says Cynthia Villar, Primary Teaching Coordinator for Akkademja Maltija - Sydney. -Now we can give young people & adults the class they have always wanted in a location they can get to after work or closer to their homes, says Rhonda Balzan Bastow, Secretary of Akkademja about the class starting in Newtown Neighbourhood Centre 14 February 2009. It is a great location, easy to find & get to, there's parking in the back streets or Newtown & a few parking areas, we are sure students will become familiar with the parking places in Newtown.
When you live in the Inner West as I did for many years, you know your way around parking pretty quickly - she said. This class is being offered in a flexible model to better accommodate for the increasing demand on workers to work shifts & weekends; course work will be supported by emails & possibly even phone calls to the teacher where necessary�-said Rhonda, who understands the demands of young people & professionals working in the city. The new teacher is a local, qualified language teacher & inner Sydney resident & is very happy to be a part of giving this opportunity to Maltese in a location they can get to instead of going out west- said Cynthia.

NEW MALTESE CLASS AT NEWTOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE STARTING 14 FEBRUARY 2009 Skola Maltija Sydney is pleased to offer Maltese language and cultural classes in the Inner Sydney area of Newtown for workers and residents in the city & anyone living, working or studying in the Inner West or City area. Enrolments are now open with a Maltese Language class in Newtown. WHERE: 9.30 am - 11.30 am, 14 February 2009 WHERE: Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Bedford St, Newtown (corner Australia St and King St & opposite the railway) and everyone is welcome. The class teachers use the NSW Board of Studies Maltese syllabuses throughout & these classes prepare students for further study to adult literacy levels (HSC) if desired.

This is fee-paying class which is open to any one to attend.

FEES: $220 per semester (18 x 2 hours lessons, with a break for school holidays), with discounts for students & other concessions. Class numbers will be small to further ensure a quality-learning environment. Why not ring or email now to ensure a place for yourself, a friend or family member. Tell anyone you know, Maltese classes in Newtown-Awesome!
Please contact Rhonda Balzan Bastow E mail rhonda_balzan@yahoo.com.au or skolamaltijasydney@yahoo.com.au
Or SMS your contact details to: 0414604495 & enrolment information will be forwarded to you.
Telephone: Rhonda on 9534 9164 or after 9 February 2009 to discuss.

Skola Maltija is a program of Akkademja Maltija ta� NSW Inc., a not-for-profit, incorporated association with the NSW Department of Fair Trading & members of the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools. Media Contact: Cynthia Villar - Sydney - 02 9820 8120 after school hours please.
Jane Borg and Rhonda Balzan Bastow visited the Maltese Senior Citizens Group with a view of recruiting more students. They explained the importance of keeping the Maltese language alive and invited grandparents to inspire their grandchildren to take up Maltese language \lessons and also answered relevant questions by the seniors.
Nancy Serge stressed the importance of young Australian-Maltese learning Maltese and explained the benefits to people who are now in their 50's and 60's, to have someone who understands them and speak to them in Maltese as they age and enter nursing homes.
Maltese language classes are held for young and old and there are opportuntiy to sit for HIGHER SCHOOL CERTIFICATE examination on the same subject.

Held at Brookside Campus, Caroline Springs
Mowbray College Weekend Language School will run a Maltese class for adults in Term 4 on 6 Saturday afternoons and the full 2009 scholastic year on 26 Saturday afternoons.
Date: 2008 Term 4: Six weeks (October 18, 25, November 8, 15, 22, 29)
2009 Scholastic Year
Term 1: Seven weeks (February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 14, 21, 28) Term 2: Six weeks (May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 13)
Term 3: Seven weeks (July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, September 5)
Term 4: Six weeks (October 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21, 28)
Time: From 2:30pm - 4pm
Language: Malti (Maltese)
Target learners: Any adult who is interested in studying Maltese as a second language (Students with the appropriate language background will receive priority for enrolment)
How to enroll:
Please fill out the attached student enrolment form and submit together with the tuition fee and enrolment fee to Ms Allison Sawyer at the Business Centre Reception
2008 Term 4: $50 for 6 weeks
2009 Scholastic Year: $200 for 26 weeks (Non-refundable after the first lesson has commenced)
Enrolment fee: $20
Special Offer:
If you enroll for the 2009 Scholastic Year, you will receive 50% discount for the 2008 Term 4 tuition fee and $10 discount for the enrolment fee
Enquires: Phone: 87461539
Email: ivan.chanC@mowbrav.vic.edu.au
Mr Ivan Chan

A great Achievement for the SKOLA MALTIJA OF WOLLONGONG NSW
Skola Maltija Wollongong
Secretary PO Box 467
Principal Emmanuel Fenech Tel: 02 42570505
Excellence in Student Achievement - Community Languages School Students 2008

The NSW Community Languages Schools Board is pleased to advise that the following student has been selected to receive a Commended Award for Excellence in Student Achievement.
Students ....................Shawn Fenech and Olivia Blunden
Award ........................Commended Award
Nominating Contact......Francis Zammit
Language Studied........Maltese
School Location...........George Cross Falcons Club

The student will be presented with an Award Certificate at The Minister's Awards for Excellence in Student Achievement - Community Languages School Students 2008 ceremony on the evening of Friday 5 September, 2008.
I have enclosed an invitation to the Awards Ceremony for the Principal and teachers of the Community Languages School. I have also included invitations for the Principal of the school where your Language School takes place and an extra invitation in case you wished to invite special guests to the Ceremony (Consul Representatives etc).
The student and parents have been informed of the Award and have also received invitations to the Ceremony.
During the Ceremony, the student will be asked to go on stage to receive their Award. We are requesting that students receiving awards wear their heritage national dress for the presentation, if possible.
I look forward to seeing you at the Awards Ceremony. Yours sincerely
Craig Ivanoff
Minister's Awards Administrator
NSW Community Languages Schools Board Community Grants Program - NSW Department of Education & Training
Level 13, 1 Oxford Street * Locked Bag 53' Darlinghurst NSW 2010

New Maltese Language Classes 2008 in Western Australia
As a result of the `Establishment of the Federation of Maltese Language Schools in Australia' we are now able to provide the following classes. Children and adults wishing to learn the Maltese language will be able to start classes on the 17th of October 2008. All classes will take place during school terms.
The course is intended to provide participants with the basic knowledge of reading, writing and speaking Maltese. The course will also include Maltese history and culture. Enrolments open on 18th August 2008. Please contact the Maltese Association of 1 May Holman Drive, BASSENDEAN WA 6054 to obtain a registration form. Completed forms must be returned by the 30th of September, 2008.

Organisational Profile

The name Skola Maltija Sydney and Akkademja Maltija ta' NSW are derived from an ongoing question throughout history; what is Maltese? To be Maltese may mean different things for different people. Though essentially, Maltese people are inherently multicultural.
Skola Maltija Sydney is the new Maltese Language school in NSW and is a program of Akkademja Maltija ta' NSW Inc.
The Principal, Jane Borg. Teaching and Learning Course Coordinator, Cynthia Villar and Organisation Development & Secretary, Rhonda Balzan Bastow, recognised a growing unmet need.
The Akkademja supports more flexible teacher recruitment & school models to better utilise existing education structures; making access more available to a wider range of people in NSW. Our aims are to develop a wider variety of activities for children, individuals & families to participate in being Maltese in NSW & promote life long learning about who we Maltese are. Our guarantee is our reputation for a fresh approach.
Skola Maltija Sydney is promoting the Maltese secondary class at Seven Hills Sport HS where Mr. Charles Galea teaches students from years 7 -12. This Maltese language class for high school students is conducted by The Saturday School of Community Languages at The Hills Sports High School This class is administrated by the NSW Department of Education and Training. The Class is free of charge. For more information and enrolment forms contact Mr. Charles Galea or visit: http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/secondary/languages/sscl
Location Class Class Time Teacher Contact Number
Smithfield West Public School Wetherill Street Wetherill Park 2164 Adult beginners 1:00 - 3:15 pm Mrs Anna Cuschieri TBA (1st class)
Smithfield West Public School Wetherill Street Wetherill Park 2164 Primary 1:00 - 3:15 am Mrs Pauline O'Brien 
& Mrs Cynthia Villar 
TBA (1st class)
The Hills Sports High School Best Road Seven Hills 2147 * High School years 7 - 12 including SC & HSC 9:00 - 11:15 am Mr Charles Galea 9674 2970 (h)

9831 1587 (The Hills Sport HS, Saturdays only)

With the initiative of the President, Mr. Jim Plowman, the secretary Judy Pavia and the delegate Gerry Pule' the Maltese Association of Western Australia will be establishing a new Maltese School at their new and beautiful community centre.
A qualified teacher, Mrs Maria Formosa,has already been approached and Mrs Formosa is willing to commence Maltese classes in August. On behalf of all the delegates and Maltese schools of Australia I welcome the new school and wish the committee of the Association every success in this new venture.
The Prime Minister Dr Lawrence Gonzi and Mrs Catherine Gonzi visited Australia from the 28 July to 12 August 2007. During his visit, the Prime Minister met members of the Maltese Community in Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. The Prime Minister pledged action to keep Maltese language alive in Australia. The Prime Minister was responding to remarks made by the honorary consul in Adelaide Frank L Scicluna who warned that future migrant generations would lose their identity if they did not know the language. Extract from the website of the Maltese Association of Western Australia Incorporated http://www.malteseawa.org.au/

Ftit ilu l-Ghaqda Storika Maltija ta' Melbourne organizzaw Language Immersion Morning. L-ghan ta' dan l- avveniment kien biex l-istudenti jinhargu mill-ambjent ta' klassi fl-iskola u jippartecipaw f'attivitajiet li jaghlmuhom fuq il-kultura u l-istorja ta' Malta. Dawn l-attivitajiet huma mmexxija kemm jista' jkun bil-lingwa Maltija biex l-istudenti jisimghu l-Malti mitkellem.

L-istudenti li jitghallmu l-Malti fi Brimbank College, fergha tal-Victoria School of Languages u l-Maltese Community Council ta' Victoria iltaqghu kollha fic-Centru Malti ta' Parkville. Il-kumitat ta' l-Ghaqda Storika hejja attivita' skond l-eta' ta' l- istudenti. L-istudenti żgħar raw u taghlmu fuq il-kostumi ta' l-antik imbaghad libsu pupi tal-kartun. Wara hadu sehem fil-loghob tat-tfal ta' l-antik bhal passju, ic-cirku, kant u rimi popolari Maltin. L-istudenti l-kbar hadu sehem f-"writing workshop' fil-lingwa Maltija, diskussjoni fuq Hagar Qim, il-Piramidi min kien l- ewwel u tahdita fuq s-sehem li kellha Malta waqt it-tieni gwerra dinjija. Kienu tlett sieghat b'hafna attivitajiet ta' siwi u dehen lill-Ghaqda Storika li organizzathom.

Meta l-Prim Ministru ta' Malta Dr Lawrence Gonzi u martu kienu f'Melbourne dawn l-ahhar attendew ghal din l-attivita'.

It-tagħlim tal-lingwa Maltija f’NSW qiegħed dejjem ikompli miexi ‘l quddiem. Għalkemm waqt iż-żjara tal-Prim Ministru Gonzi f’NSW xi għalliema iddeċidew li jiftħu xi żewġ klassijiet għar- rashom, l-iskola mmexxija mill-Maltese Community Council of NSW iktar ħadet spinta ‘l quddiem għax issa jidher li l- aċċent hu iktar fuq l-istudenti u mhux fuq l-għalliema.
Il-MCC sa anke offrew term mingħajr ħlas għax ħassew li l- istudenti għandhom jibbenefikaw mill- għaqal amministrattiv ta’ qabel fejn daħlu l-finanzi.

Għas-sena l-ġdida ħabbru ukoll rati ferm irħas milli qatt kien hawn f’NSW. F’dan ir-ritratt jidhru studenti (u xi għalliema) fil-klassijiet li jsiru f’Horsley Park. Għalkemm mhux l-istudenti kollha jidhru f’dan    ir-ritratt    iżda    bla    dubju    hu dehra li tqawwilek qalbek fejn jidħol it- tagħlim tal-lingwa Maltija. Kulħadd qiegħed   jistenna  l-inizjattivi  mwiegħda mill-Prim Ministru dwar it-tagħlim tal- Malti fl-Awstralja li ġew imħabbra waqt iż-żjara ta’ Dr Gonzi..

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