Banquet is a lesson in other cultures

Pre-primary students Mia Christian and Mika Charpenay enjoyed the pasta meal prepared by volunteer parents. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d411129
Pre-primary students Mia Christian and Mika Charpenay enjoyed the pasta meal prepared by volunteer parents. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d411129

Starting as a school community concept in 2010, Italian Week allows students to take part in many activities, including the whole school luncheon backed by Italian music.

White Gum Valley Primary’s Italian teacher Lina Hawke said the pasta meal was prepared by volunteer parents and community members, while the table settings were all done by the students themselves.

‘Studying other cultures helps students understand and feel engaged with the world,’ she said.

‘Comparing other people’s languages, art, music, traditions and lifestyle with their own creates opportunities for students to bond with people within and beyond their community.

‘Taking part in events like this one helps students appreciate that whatever one’s culture and background, everyone enjoys good food, good company and sharing good times,’ Ms Hawke added.