LOTE Excursions

On 4 May, the Year 11 and 12 Japanese students travelled into the city to go to a Kimono House to experience some Japanese culture. Here we met Liane where she taught us about the history of the Kimono (Japanese traditional dress) and the Tenugui (Japanese Hand Towel). Then she gave us all a Tenugui to keep and taught us some very useful skills, such as wrapping lunch boxes, bottles and how to tie many different head bands.

After this was done we walked to a authentic Japanese restaurant where we enjoyed a delicious Japanese meal called Ramen. We then visited Daiso a Japanese shop in the city and bought some Japanese confectionary and souvenirs before walking back to Melbourne Central and travelled back to Sunbury.

This excursion was a great experience; it was really fun and motivating to continue with Japanese through VCE. I would highly suggest any junior school student thinking of continuing with Japanese to select this subject as it is extremely rewarding and a great opportunity and experience.
Thomas Tabone


I had the wonderful experience of going to the Australian Islamic museum for an excursion with my Italian class. As part of the new language curriculum, we have the opportunity to learn about different cultures and religions, and as Melbourne is home to the National Islamic Museum, it seemed a shame not to give it a visit.

We were joined by a Year 11 RE class and all left school at 9am to head into the city. At the museum, we were greeted by Amna, a volunteer who was to be our guide for the day. She gave us an eye-opening presentation about Islam, and the stereotypes that many Muslims encounter in Australia. We discovered the amazing scope of the diversity within Islam around the world, and Amna informed us of the important distinctions between faith and culture, which, when forgotten, can often result in misunderstanding about the nature of Islam.

After the talk, Amna gave us a tour of the exhibits in six galleries, showcasing the Islamic faith, Islamic advancements in science and technology, both traditional and contemporary art, architecture and the history of Muslims in Australia.

The museum has a wide range of things on display, from 6th Century chess pieces to modern works by Islamic artists. A new exhibition is exploring the significance of graffiti tagging as an emerging art form. We then did a small workshop on the use of geometry and patterns in traditional Islamic art, learning how to draw a perfect 12-pointed star.

After our tour, it was time for lunch. The museum café provided us with falafel, lamb kofta wraps and homemade baklava – it was as delicious as it sounds, and definitely a highlight for everyone! After lunch, we had a chance to explore the museum a bit more and fill in some worksheets on how our views about Islam had changed.

All in all, it was a wonderful day out and we found the experience both enjoyable and enlightening. I can definitely recommend a visit, (and also the baklava!)
Edith Spiers


On Tuesday 9 May, Mrs Latina's Year 10 Italian and Mr Connellys Year 11 R.E class went to the Islamic museum of Australia. There we met our tour guide, a bubbly young lady called Amna. She was very friendly and funny.

First she talked and gave us heaps of information and explained to us about the Islamic religion, Muslim culture and her personal experiences in the world. She was very open to all questions, she had heard them all before, she dismissed all the common stereotypes in a friendly way.

After she took us on a tour of the museum, we learned more about the differences in cultures and religions, Middle Eastern traditions and sacred temples. We drew our own 12-point stars, which were common in their unique architecture of walls in sacred buildings. We also saw art dedicated to the museum, and ate some traditional Middle Eastern food like falafels and kofta wraps.

Overall I had a great experience, it was a wonderful learning opportunity to experience another culture and learn about all the truth that sometimes gets clouded in the media. I had a great time and definitely suggest it to someday go and learn something new.
Chloe Dredge


Recently the VCE Italian class consisting of Year 12's and Year 11's went on an excursion to Daylesford. We went to the Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm located in Shepards Flat. The aim for the excursion was to learn about the history of the farm and the original owners of the farm.

Originally it was a dairy farm bought and owned by a Swiss man, Aquilino Tinetti and his Italian wife Maria Virginia Tinetti (Caprioli). The Tinetti's had 13 children and all lived in a stone farmhouse on the farm which is still there today.

The farm ran from 1860 until about 1975, and was purchased by a local in the late 1980's. Today the buildings are still standing from the Tinetti's, the only change would be that the buildings have been restored, including the original farmhouse where the Tinett's lived in about 157 years ago, and also the dairy farm is no longer there but is now a lavender farm.

The excursion was very interesting and was appropriate as it relates to our current topic in Italian of emigration and the stories behind why many Italians migrated here to Australia.
Daniela Belia