Footscray Primary School is a member of the Designated Bilingual School Program. We are active members of the Designated Bilingual Schools Principal and Teacher Networks and benefit greatly from the collaborative approach to resource sharing and knowledge building across this unique group of schools.
'Bilingual education utilises two languages as means of instruction for students, providing them with the opportunity to learn curriculum content in, and through, both English and a target language...Schools in the Designated Bilingual Program offer strong models of bilingual education, leading to biliteracy learning in students that demonstrate high levels of sociocultural, linguistic, academic and cognitive outcomes. Language teachers who offer bilingual education are suitably qualified teachers with native or near native level of language proficiency able to deliver the Victorian curriculum in the target language.' (DET, 2020)
In 2021, we launched our Italian bilingual program commencing with Foundation and Year 1 students and continuing with each new Foundation cohort to progress towards a whole school program. Within the program, all students learn 50% of the full Victorian Curriculum in Italian language and 50% in English language. We invite prospective families to visit us for a tour to see the program in action and learn more about our approach to bilnigual education.
Useful Readings and Resources
For families new to bilingual education, you might have questions about the researched benefits and approaches to learning in a bilingual school. Below are some links to readings and research that may be of interest. We encourage you to come along and visit the bilingual classrooms during one of our school tours.
Research on Bilingual Education
To learn more about the many benefits of bilingual education, view this short video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HFqBulqjR8
CO.AS.IT Language Assistant
We are grateful to CO.AS.IT who have approved our application for an Italian Language Assistant in 2021. Federica Mancusi will join our FPS team this year and work across the Foundation and Year 1 classrooms supporting language learning.
We currently do not have any jobs advertised. Please check back later.
Recruitment commences via Recruitment Online in Term 3 & 4 for the following year and we will be requiring additional Italian classroom teachers each year as our program expands. Please feel free to email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are suitably qualified (VIT registration and Italian speaking) and have any specific questions about working at Footscray Primary School.