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Minister Garrett launches the Italian language Australian National Curriculum at Co.As.It.

Bilingual Italian students gain International Certification

18 August, 2010
Five former students of the Italian Bilingual School in Leichhardt were among the first Australian children to be presented with CELI certificates on 16 August 2010. CELI (Certificati Lingua Italiana) is an exam that assesses an individual's level of fluency in Italian based on the standards established by the Council of Europe for the learning of modern languages.

Co.As.It. to open new Italian Daycare Centres

12 July 2010
Co.As.It., the Italian Association of Assistance, has been contracted by the Australian Nursing Home Foundation to open three new centre-based daycare centres for senior members of the Italian community in the inner west and south west of Sydney.

Back to School: The Italian Bilingual School opens its doors to the public!

13 July 2010
On Friday 13 August, the Italian Bilingual School will open its doors to the public for its yearly Open Day for parents, grandparents, potential students and anyone who is just curious to see how the school functions.

Primavera Short Film Festival Call for Entries

1 July 2010
After 3 years in winter, the festival previously known as the ViVa Leichhardt Short Film Festival, comes out if its cocoon and blossoms in Spring for the first time this year with its new identity, the Primavera Short Film Festival.

Italian National Ball helps the elderly and isolated

24 June, 2010
The 42nd Italian National Ball, held at Curzon Hall on 5 June drew more than 300 patrons with representation from both State and Federal Government. Formal speeches were presented by NSW Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell, NSW Minister for Education & Training Verity Firth, Italian Consul General Benedetto Latteri, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese, as well as Co.As.It. President Lorenzo Fazzini.

Sydney's Italian Fruit Shops: We Love You

Sydney 22 May 2010: Love was certainly in the air at the launch of Sydney's Italian Fruit Shops - The Original Green Grocer at Customs House, Circular Quay on Saturday 22nd May 2010.

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Pictured left to right: At the launch Dott. Alessandro Falchetto, Hon. Angela D'Amore, Hon. Verity Firth and Co.As.It. President Lorenzo Fazzini

Underbelly's Salvatore Coco hosts Italian National Ball

11 May 2010
On Saturday 5 June, popular Underbelly actor Salvatore Coco will be Master of Ceremony at the 42nd annual Co.As.It. Italian National Ball.

Italian Ambassador visits Bilingual School

29 March 2010
On 23 March 2010, the Italian Ambassador Gian Ludovico De Martino di Montegiordano paid the Italian Bilingual School a special visit. Accompanied by the Italian Consulate Benedetto Latteri, his Educational Attachè Dott. Sergio Rapisardi and management and Board members of Co.As.It., he was treated to a tour of the newly upgraded school site at Casa d'Italia.

Registrations open to remember Sydney's Italian Fruit Shops

30 March 2010
Sydney-siders are invited to register their memories and old photographs of past and present local Italian fruit shops in preparation for a new website and exhibition to be launched at Customs House in May 2010 entitled Sydney's Italian Fruit Shops - The Original Green Grocer.

Third Teleconference program begins at Co.As.It.

18 March 2010
Co.As.It.'s third Teleconference program for Italian carers of individuals living with dementia starts this April.

Adriano Celentano impersonator performs for Seniors Week

15 February 2010
Co.As.It., the Italian Association of Assistance, is presenting three concerts entitled Tutto Celentano featuring Giuliano "Celentano", the impersonator of famous singer Adriano Celentano during NSW Seniors Week in March.

Co.As.It. revamps Italian Language Program

8 January 2010
Co.As.It., the Italian Association of Assistance, is launching a new Italian language program for adults based on a European Certification Framework. The new program, which starts in February 2010, offers 25 graded modules based on the six main levels recognised by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Italian presentations on the journey of ageing

18 December 2009
An estimated 300 members of the Italian-Australian community attended Co.As.It.'s recent series of Italian information sessions targeting seniors and their families that were held in Burwood, Bankstown, Bossley Park, North Ryde and Five Dock throughout November. The sessions focused on the topic of dementia, as well as the emotional phases and changes typical of the senior years.

Co.As.It. moves to Norton Business Centre

1 December 2009
The current offices of Co.As.It. (Italian Association of Assistance) at Casa d'Italia and Harris Park will move to the Norton Business Centre on 4 December 2009.

Online Help for Italian Job Seekers

30 November 2009
Co.As.It. has launched a new online tool that connects Italians seeking work with organisations in Australia. The tool, which forms part of the broader information service for visiting Italians called Destinazione Downunder, responds to the growing number of Italians coming to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa.

Italian-Australians speak up for their future

23 November 2009
Co.As.It.'s recent community consultation sessions in Burwood and Bossley Park engaged 450 members of the Italian-Australian community.

Italians embrace wellbeing during Mental Health Week

16 November 2009
On 14 October Co.As.It. held an information session for Italian-Australians that encouraged them to become more involved in activities and in the community. The event was part of Mental Health Week, and had the theme: 'Sign up, Link in, Get involved'.

Bambini celebrate Italian Language Week

9 November 2009
Students of the Italian Bilingual School and Co.As.It.'s Storytime Per Bambini celebrated Italian Language Week (Settimana della Lingua Italiana) that took place from 19 to 25 October 2009.

Enrolments open for children's Italian classes

9 November 2009
The Co.As.It. Out-of-School Hours (OSH) Italian Language and Culture program for children aged 5 to 18 years-old, is now taking enrolments for 2010. The new term starts during the first week of February 2010 and is offered at 19 locations around NSW.

Venues in the Sydney metropolitan area include: Ashfield, Castle Hill, Connell's Point, Earlwood, Epping North, Five Dock, Georges Hall, Gladesville, Harbord, Leichhardt, Miranda, Paddington, St Johns Park, Waverton and Westmead. The course is also offered in Newcastle and Wollongong.

Italian presentations on the journey of ageing

3 November 2009
Italian-speaking seniors and their carers are encouraged to attend a free information session about the emotional phases and changes typical of the senior years. The sessions, which are presented by Co.As.It. (Italian Association of Assistance), will be held in five different locations around Sydney throughout November.

Bilingual School Up and Away

19 October 2009
The Building Education Revolution initiative from the Rudd government's recent Stimulus Package, puts the Italian Bilingual School in line to receive $586,000 to refurbish its existing building and expand its resources.

The school's European-influenced program has just seen its first group of eight students go to Italy for a three-week overseas study tour. Together they visited central Italy, Siena, Assisi, Perugia and Spoleto and joined the students at the Scuola Elementare Antolini at Ponte Valleceppi, Perugia in all their lessons and excursions.

Italian-Australians: Have your say for your future

25 September 2009
Co.As.It. invites all Italian-Australians to a special focus group that will help shape its services for the Italian-Australian community. The sessions, which will be held on 21, 22 and 28 October, are part of Co.As.It.'s 2009 Community Consultation Project that will inform the growth and direction of its strategic plan.

Italians: Sign up, link in, get involved

25 September 2009
On 14 October Co.As.It. is holding an information session for Italian speakers that aims to inspire them to become involved in activities designed to increase their wellbeing. The free event, which forms part of Mental Health Week, will have guest and expert speakers exploring the topics of volunteering, technology and herbal medicine.

Lessons for all Levels of Language Lovers

25 September 2009
Following the recent success of Ferragosto festival, Co.As.It. has been inundated with new enquiries about its Italian classes. Lovers of the Italian language, culture and food are keen to join the many locals whose poetic language fills the streets and seduces the ears. So who could be better equipped to unleash your Italian passion in the heart of 'Little Italy'?

Italian Students win Minister's Awards

7 September 2009
Three Co.As.It. Year 6 students have won the 2009 Minister's Awards for Excellence in Student Achievement for Community Languages Schools presented on Friday 4 September at a special ceremony at the University of New South Wales.