NSWFCLS COMMUNITY LANGUAGES PICNIC DAY

    The Community Languages Picnic Day 2017 is a fun-filled day for all the school! Bring your family and students to the second NSW Federation of Community Language Schools’ Picnic Day at Bicentennial Park in Yarra Bay, La Perouse. Starts at 10AM until 4PM. Bring a picnic and your swimming gear.

    It will be a fun-filled day for all. Keep your dates free in November!

    For location details click here.

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NSWFCLS Annual Dinner 2014 – celebrating learning of languages

The NSW Federation of Community Language Schools hosted its 2014 Annual Dinner at the Cyprus Community Club on Saturday 28 June 2014.

The gala community event was attended by the Premier of NSW the Hon. Mike Baird MP and his wife Kerryn. Both were enthusiastically and warmly welcomed by the 430 attendees. It was the new Premier’s first attendance at one of the Federation’s events and he was pleasantly surprised by the size of the gathering.

Also in attendance were, Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello, Linda Burney – Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Parliamentary Secretary David Clarke MLC, Maria Ficarra MLC, Community Relations Commission Chair Mr Vic Alhadeff, Stefan Romaniw from Community Languages Australia, Jozefa Sobski – Chair of the NSW Community Languages Schools Board, Clr Rosana Tyler – Deputy Mayor of Marrickville along with Consular officials.

Premier Mike Baird gave a hear felt speech during which he said that “Tonight we are celebrating many things. At the core, we are celebrating multiculturalism”. About multiculturalism he said “it is fantastic for the human highways, for trade, for the transfer of ideas”.

He added that “multiculturalism is something we celebrate in terms of freedom it builds between countries such as freedom of speech… ….culture …and. religion. We celebrate uniqueness but come together as one strong Australia”.

Vilifying racial hatred and showing his support against 18C, Mr Baird said that “language is important so “as we speak, we use it (language) for the positive, use it for the good”. He also stated that “in terms of our cultures, at the core is our language” and “celebrating those languages and learning those languages, that is what we celebrate tonight.”  He congratulated the Federation “for bringing harmony across all cultures and all different languages.” Finishing he said “I look forward to being a friend of the Federation for many years to come”

Minister Victor Dominello again took the time to make himself available to the communities of NSW. He spoke about the importance of community participation not only within their own communities but other mainstream community events and celebrations such as Anzac Day or Clean Up Australia for example.

Addressing in his speech all representatives of communities he said “when I see you, I see my heritage; I see our future and that is a very powerful thing. Given your reach in our community you have a capacity, not only to shape our State but a power to frame our Nation.

The Minister thanked the Federation for its collaboration by saying that “the NSWFCLS has supported me unconditionally -for that I will never, ever forget you…You are part of my bigger family”.

Regarding the theme “Remembering and Celebrating the ANZAC Spirit” in the short film and colour poster of the students’ ompetition he said “We need to focus on our social cohesiveness…things such as ANZAC Day”. The Minister stated that he invited and encouraged the Community Language School organisations to “lay a wreath on behalf of your school or visit your local RSL , particularly with the

centenary of the ANZAC; see if you can engage with the local aboriginal community and get involved in that. Again, that is a social cohesive that brings us together, or simply volunteering……. Each of your schools can be involved”. You shape who we are and who we will be”

The Community Relations Commission that is a major supporter of the Federation was represented by the Chair – Mr Vic Alhadeff who spoke about the importance of languages and the opposition of the communities to the proposed changes to the Federal Government’s Section 18 C of the Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act.

The attendees represented 33 language groups from 62 schools and organisations. They were able to interact and network amongst their own other communities during the dinner. The evening also provided an opportunity to acknowledge the members of the community language school sector who are doing outstanding community work.

As we are approaching a forthcoming NSW State election, the event gave the Federation and its membership an opportunity to lobby the guests about the importance of languages, language education and the role of community language schools in NSW.

 

The NSW Federation of Community Language Schools is a key multicultural event that enables the ethnic communities of NSW to highlight the positive impact that the community language schools sector is having on the state of NSW.

Albert Vella

 

 

NSW FCLS Annual Dinner 2013 celebrates success of community language schools

NSW FCLS Annual Dinner 2013

NSW FCLS Annual Dinner 2013

The NSW Federation of Community Language Schools hosted its annual dinner on Saturday, 15 June at the Cyprus Community Club in Stanmore.
The event was attended by 440 people from 33 different language groups that came together to acknowledge the achievements of the community language schools sector in NSW. These attendees came from all over the greater Sydney Metropolitan Region to celebrate languages in a multicultural gathering.
The President of the organisation Mr Albert Vella warmly greeted the guests and dignitaries with The Hon. Victor Dominello MP – Minister for Citizenship and Communities. Minister Dominello represented the NSW Premier and Minister for Education. He was the guest of honour along with Marie Ficarra MLC the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Ms Linda Burney Deputy Leader of the Opposition. Other VIP’s included diplomats and government officials.
During the evening, the audience enjoyed three beautiful folkloric dance performances from the Ukrainian, Chinese and Korean communities. These performances added colour and cultural aspect to the evening.
As Minister Dominello mentioned in his speech, the NSW Government is very supportive of the communities that provide language education services to the students of NSW and how important it is for the social and economic development of NSW. We are very fortunate to have a government that provides classrooms, funding and teacher training to support the good works of the community language schools sector of NSW. This results in students achieving high literacy standards in the largely diverse languages being taught.
Another important part of the annual dinner was the farewell given by the Federation and member community language schools to Mr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO – Chair of the NSW Community Relations Commission who has decided to retire after 25 years of service to the communities of NSW.
The Hon. Marie Ficarra MLC organised Certificates of Commendation to be issued on behalf of the NSW Government in recognition of the schools and organisations for their services to their communities by providing language classes. The large number of the recipients represented the linguistic and cultural diversity of our modern society here in NSW. Multiculturalism and harmonious coexistence was openly on display during this function.
The Cyprus Community Club provided an excellent venue and service which enabled the function to be a very enjoyable experience

Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities visits the offices of the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools

On Tuesday, 31 January, the Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs visited the offices of the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools. During his visit, he discussed pressing issues relating to the health of the Community Languages in NSW.

Minister Dominello listened to concerns raised by the Committee members of the organisation. Some of the issues raised were: Access and use of Government school facilities and use of them, grants and awards.

The Minister talked about the benefits of multiculturalism and interculturalism in the community and the importance of language education.

Minister Dominello has been very active since being appointed as Minister for Citizenship and Communities. In that capacity, he has taken a keen interest in how communities engage with broader society to ensure that they contribute to the benefit of all.