NSW - Maltese Language School of NSW

NSW

MALTESE LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF NSW
A division of the Maltese Community Council of NSW Inc.

P.O. Box 5332, Greystanes LPO, NSW 2145
Email: malteselanguageschoolnsw@hotmail.com
 

The Maltese Language School of NSW (L-Iskola tal-Malti) has experienced yet another successful year since the restructure in late 2007.  The school is in its 11th year of operation and is currently running classes in three locations.  Saturday morning classes are held at Horsley Park, Wednesday afternoon at Terra Sancta College in Schofield and Evening classes at the Meadows Public School in Seven Hills.  Enrolments included in all 3 locations have risen from previous years, with the highest being in Term I of 2009 where it peaked to 70 students. The school currently operates with seven teachers, with two new teachers, having successfully completed the course for Certificate in Community Language Teaching provided by the University of Wollongong. 

A new location opened in 2009. It had been a long term aim to entice students to learn Maltese, while still in their respective schools and to encourage them to include the Maltese language in their HSC studies. To this end, the MLS of NSW succeeded in attracting 12 students from Terra Sancta College at Schofields to participate in Maltese language classes as an extra subject after schools hours.  The class commenced in February 2009 and much interest is shown by the students in learning the language, history and culture of Malta.  On Easter week, a food fest including the Maltese figolli was organised. 

The students are always informed and encouraged to attend and participate in Maltese community activities and it was pleasing to see a good number attending the Festa tal-Vitorja at St Mary's last September, and the Good Friday procession and Sette Giugno this year.

In October 2008, members of the MLS committee and teachers attended the first Annual Conference of the Federation of Language Schools held at Epping High school and we look forward to attending the 2nd Annual Conference to be held on October 10 this year.

 Anna Maria Bonnici, Consul General, visited the Horsley Park Campus where students displayed their skills in the Maltese language and shared a Christmas / end of year celebration.  Other guest speakers Augustine Borg demonstrating old childhood customs, Andy Busuttil of Skorba who spoke on the ancient temples in Malta and recently Rigu Bovingdon about the origin and history of the Maltese language.

In June this year the students in Marthese Caruana's class at Horsley Park attempted a project of creating 3-D images of Maltese landmarks and icons. These were displayed at the Mnarja festival held at Plumpton this year. This created much interest in the MLS and an information leaflet was distributed to promote the school on his occasion. 

The MLS of NSW Board of Management and teachers, with the support of the MCC are to be highly commended for their work and dedication in maintaining the team spirit to benefit the successful survival of the MLS.

We are also proud to announce that Rose Mercieca, the only student of Maltese descent received the 2009 Minister's Award for Excellence in Student Achievement in Community Language Schools. Rose is a keen student and has been attending Maltese classes for 3 years travelling from Warrimoo in the Blue Mountains to Horsley Park each Saturday.  A Minister's Award was similarly awarded to Tania Caruana, in September 2008. Tania who is 12 years old has attended Maltese lesson for the last 2 years and has also been involved in the Maltese community.

Inquiries about learning/teaching the Maltese Language in Sydney please contact Maria De Carlo on 0416119100 or email malteselanguageschoolnsw@hotmail.com

 

MALTESE LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF NSW CAMPUS

CLASSES

HORSLEY PARK

Horsley Park Public School

The Horsley Drive, Horsley Park

Saturdays

9.30am to 12.00pm

 Juniors class

 Adult Beginners

 Adult Continuers

SCHOFIELDS

Terra Sancta College

85 Hambledon Road, Schofields

Wednesdays

2.30pm to 4.30pm

 SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS Yr 7 - Yr 10

SEVEN HILLS

The Meadows Public School

Fuller Street, Seven Hills

Wednesdays

7.00pm to 9.00pm

 Adult Beginners

 Adult Continuers

 

FEES:

SCHOOL AGED STUDENTS

from Yr 1 to Yr 12 = $40 per Term

Sibings rate per term:

1 Child = $40 per Term

2 children = $75 per Term

3 or more children = $100 per Term

ADULT STUDENTS:

ADULTS = $80 per Term

ADULT/STUDENT CONCESSION = $50 per Term

There are four Terms per year with 8-10 lessons each term depending on the location. A timetable of classes held in all locations is available on request.TEXT BOOKS:

 

It is recommended that all students purchase the Maltese/English dictionary Kelmet il-Malti Dizzjunarju - Bugeja, P (1999). Cost $35

Other text books as required will be available for purchase when you enrol.ASSESSMENT:

 

Each school-aged student will receive a half-yearly and yearly report. All students who complete their studies for a full year will receive a certificate of achievement at the end of the Academic year.

The Objectives of the Course

 

The primary objectives of the Maltese Language School are:

 To provide students tuition in learning Maltese as a second Language.

 To offer tuition based on modern methods, leading to the learning and practice of speaking, reading and writing Maltese.

 To encourage students of any nationality to gain an in-depth knowledge of the language, history, customs and culture of the Maltese islands.

 To provide tuition and encouragement to native speakers of Maltese (juniors and adults) who want to further their Speaking, Reading and Writing skills.

Some Observations:

  Language is used to communicate. The main objective of our curriculum is to encourage communications within families and between friends whether they live in Australia or in Malta. It also aims at promoting a sense of cultural identity to students whose heritage language is Maltese.

 In many cases second generation Maltese students already possess the basic roots of the language, which make it relatively easier for them to learn Maltese.

 Learning another language will enhance overall scholastic performance by improving self esteem and increasing thinking ability. In no way does it present a hindrance to other studies. Language improves students' performance across the curriculum through enhanced literacy.

 Our teachers are Maltese native speakers with qualifications in communicative language teaching, and in Maltese language and literature. Telephone and on-line support is always offered in addition to classroom lessons.

 Students interested in completing their Maltese studies at a School Certificate (Year 10) level or at Higher School Certificate (Year 12 HSC) Level will be referred to the Saturday School of Community Languages (SSCL) which is administered by the NSW Department of Education and Training. Classes are held on Saturday mornings at Seven Hills.Like a tree without roots is one who

knows not his native language and culture.

 

The History:

 

The Maltese Language School of NSW (Skola tal-Malti) is a division of The Maltese Community Council of NSW with continued support from the NSW Department of Education (NSW Community Languages Program) and The Maltese Government. This school was established in January of 1999. The Maltese Language School is proud to serve the Maltese community of NSW in keeping alive the Maltese Language and Culture in Australia.

The Maltese Language School

 

The classes at The Maltese Language School (Skola tal-Malti) cater for students of various ages from seven years to Adults.

We employ professional teachers with credentials in the study of the Maltese language and accreditation in Communicative Language Teaching. Our teachers also undertake various ongoing professional development courses run by the NSW Community Languages Program.

To assist in our plans to open in other areas of Sydney, we welcome new dedicated teaching staff who meet the required qualification criteria and have the Maltese language at heart.

For more information on how to enrol yourself or your child in the Maltese Language School of NSW please contact:

malteselanguageschoolnsw@hotmail.com

PO Box 5332, Greystanes LPO, NSW 2145

Tel 9837 2514 Mob 0416 119 100

Postal Address: PO Box 5332, Greystanes LPO, NSW 2145

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