The Liceo Scientific Galvani returns to Strathmore Secondary College
Our sister school, the Liceo Scientifico Galvani of Bologna, returns to Strathmore Secondary College on the anniversary of our fourth year.
Thanks to an exchange agreement, the Galvani students, accompanied by their teachers Laura Poletti and Alessandro Messina, had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Melbourne.
The students were guests of parents and students, of both Italian origin and various nationalities from Strathmore Secondary College.
“The project started in 2013” explains Caterina Di Battista, Italian Teacher and coordinator of the exchange: “it’s been very important and successful for both institutions. There has also been another 5 years memorandum agreement between the two schools”.
Over the past fortnight, the Italian students have been able to experience living the Australian way of life, living with families, and joining in activities after school and over the weekend.
The Galvani students attended The Centre of excellence Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) where they participated in unique programs: Mission to Mars, Year 12 Chemistry, using various analytical instruments, and Human-Bioscience.
The Galvani Students were instrumental in helping our year 12 students in the preparation practice of the Italian Oral VCE exam.
Together with their host families, they have visited Melbourne and surroundings.
The exchange is very important for the students and their teachers, who travelled to Australia for the first time, they were able to see firsthand the Australian way of life.
Their 15-day stay has concreted some amazing relationships, making solid friendships, in a warm family environment.
Galvani student Gioele said: “the experience has been so exiting, especially living with the family, they were so kind, and ready to do anything for me, they made me feel at home!”
Another Galvani student, Cesare, explained: He was surprised, and had no idea, how beautiful Melbourne was, how lively, and how hospitable and friendly everyone was. Their teachers confirmed that the exchange has been an opportunity for "an opening to the world, to broaden their vision, and see the vastness of opportunity which lays in front of these bright young students.
Having pioneered and experienced a new approach to teaching, a more pragmatic and practical hands on approach in Australia has been amazing.
Our exchange co-ordinator Caterina di Battista explained that the students from Galvani would return changed, with different views, and maybe travel back to Australia to visit or study.
Next year, Caterina di Battista will accompany 24 Australian students from Strathmore Secondary College to the Liceo Galvani.
The Italian Students will return to Italy with richer luggage, and not just souvenirs.
13 October 2016