In July 2020, the FPS School Council met to decide on the target language for our bilingual program. We would like to express our gratitude to the members of the Language Subcommittee for their extensive research and the time they each committed to this work. The information collated by the subcommittee included;
Community survey data (Incoming families & Current families)
Staff survey data
Feedback from other Designated Bilingual Program schools
Information provided by Kylie Farmer, a Language Education Consultant with
extensive practical and theoretical knowledge of bilingual education
Considerations relating to other areas such as staffing, pedagogy (teaching approaches), potential pathways and partnerships.
We are pleased to share the news with you that from 2021, we will be delivering an Italian Bilingual program at Footscray Primary School for all incoming Foundation students. We will review the possible inclusion of current Foundation students in the coming weeks.
This decision was made after much discussion and deliberation of the research and data, with the focus being on what we thought would be best for our students into the future including:
Significant community and staff support
Alignment with IB teaching methods already embedded across the school
Transition to secondary school language program at Footscray High School
Support for Latin based language
Considered to be a relatively easy language to learn
Possible partnerships and support from Brunswick South Primary School which also
provides an Italian bilingual program.
Whilst we join together to celebrate the adoption of Italian as the new Bilingual program from the start of the 2021 school year, we also wish to acknowledge the disappointment that this may bring to some members of our community, particularly those members of our community who are so passionate about learning Vietnamese. Please be assured that we will continue to embrace the Vietnamese language, its rich culture, history and traditions through the development and design of a highly innovative languages program. This program will be underpinned by parallel lines of language learning and deepening cultural understanding as we partner with organisations beyond the school.
We would like to thank our school community for the manner in which you have all engaged in this process, especially to those of you who sent through questions and suggestions, attended the community meeting, participated in the online survey and of course a special thanks again goes to the languages sub-committee, without all of their hard work, this decision would have been so much harder.
Raylene Varone Jen Briggs
School Council President Principal