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Che fortuna! Italian language commitment continues for SA public schools

Minister Susan Close, Minister for Education and Child Development and  Minister for Public Sector announced today the Italian language will be taught in public schools. Ms Close said today, South Australia’s enduring cultural ties with Italy will be celebrated and strengthened tonight with the renewal of a formal education partnership that promotes the teaching of the Italian language in public schools.

Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close and the Acting Consul for Italy in Adelaide, Orietta Borgia, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding at a formal ceremony at Parliament House.

The MoU will continue the collaboration between DECD and the Dante Alighieri Society, which since 2013 has funded five Italian-language assistants to work with State primary and secondary schools.

“The Italian community has made a major contribution to South Australia’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and it gives me great pleasure to celebrate and strengthen these ties through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.

“The Consul will continue to provide current teaching materials and trained teachers to schools that introduce Italian into their curriculum, and the Department will provide resources and teaching opportunities,” Dr Close said.

Italian is currently taught in 39 Government schools to more than 11,000 students and was one of the first languages developed for the Australian Curriculum.

“A second language is an invaluable tool in the modern world, opening up a wide range of life opportunities and employment options,” Dr Close said.

“Our aim is to get children excited about learning a second language, and the key ingredient is enthusiastic and well-resourced teachers armed with engaging learning plans.

“The Italian-language assistants provide great support to teachers and students alike and really help make the language come alive.

“Having a native Italian speaker in the classroom with specialist teaching skills helps students to immerse themselves in the language and culture, and we are very grateful for the ongoing support of the Dante Alighieri Society.”

Source:-  Minister Close

Meals on Wheels celebrate

PamPam Crowe – Volunteer with Meals on Wheels

by S Lowe 5THE FM’S newsonline wattlerangenow

National Meals On Wheels Day is celebrated on August the 26th, it’s a day to say thank you to the 75,000 volunteers who keep the service running around the country. Meals on Wheels is a hugely important community service, and one which relies on thousands of volunteers across Australia to keep it running.

Meals on Wheels began in Britain during the Second World War and was established in Australia in 1952. It’s a household name to this generation of Australians and is set to become an even more important service in the future as the population ages and people live longer and wish to maintain their independence.

Meals on Wheels is not means tested and is a service geared to the needs of frail older people, younger people with disabilities and their carers. To find out if you or a relative is eligible to find your State and then your local Service and someone can come to meet you and discuss your needs. Potential clients of Meals on Wheels can refer themselves, be referred by a family member, friend, doctor or hospital.

Although delivery of prepared meals is the basis of the service, Meals on Wheels is so much more. It is more than just a meal. It is also about ensuring people who may not be able to get out and about, enjoy regular social interaction and the comfort of knowing someone will drop by regularly to say hello and see how they are going. Meals on Wheels also provides the opportunity for people to be taken to local centres to share a meal with others or go on outings, with the assistance of volunteers.

Meals on Wheels volunteer, Pam Crowe, from Millicent has volunteered with the local branch for 6 years.

I asked her why she chose to volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

“I like to help, I enjoy doing it and it’s not often. I like seeing the people smile when we walk in the door. I think our brief visit is as important as the meals we bring.”

“We don’t have long to chat but just a few friendly words can make a difference to someone living alone or who hasn’t seen anyone else that day. I think our visit breaks up the day for them.”

“I think the fact that someone has prepared a meal for them is as important to them as the meal itself. They know someone cared enough to so this for them.”

Meals on Wheels has been a family affair for Pam who remembers delivering Meals on Wheels during her school holidays, to people in Rendelsham  with her mother Mrs Beryl Foster who volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

“In those days we had big urns of soup in the car and ladelled it out at each place we called on. Today it’s all portion controlled and in lidded containers.”

“I like working with Meals on Wheels.  I deliver to about 14 people in Millicent each time I do it, but there are other drivers delivering at the same time on other routes.”

Pam also volunteers at 5THE FM preparing articles for 5THE FM’s newsonline wattlerangenow.com.au

If you would like to volunteer with Meals on Wheels you can contact the Millicent Office  Mount Gambier Road, Millicent, SA, 5280, Australia or phone 8733 0198.

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Phone scammers at work in SA



Scammers making aggressive phone calls threatening the recipient with arrest unless they make a payment are continuing to plague South Australian residents, police warn.

The callers often claim to either work for the Australian Taxation Office or the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

SA Police have issued a number of warnings this year about the scam callers, who are a perennial problem around the end of the financial year.

Often the scammer claims the would-be victim owes several thousand dollars and they demand immediate payment (via an international money transfer service) or an arrest warrant will be enforced.

Police are urging the community to discuss this would-be con with anyone in their family or community who may not be aware of this to ensure they don’t get taken in.

More information about this ‘tax time scam’ can be found here: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/don%E2%80%99t-let-scammers-%E2%80%98tax-you-this-tax-time

Anyone who incurs a financial loss from a scam should report it to police. For more information about scams, how they work, how to report them and how to get help please visit ScamWatch.