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Italian Colleges Australia Ltd is a charity advancing education registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
Welcome to Italian Colleges Australia
The building of an Italian College in Sydney's south west (to be known as Emiliani Italian College) is a grass-root initiative bringing together teachers, parents, professionals and community members with a commitment to preserving and promoting the Italian language, heritage, culture, values, and help raise new generations of leaders through education. The expected timeframe for enrolments is subject to the availability of a suitable location, aiming for 2023.
Emiliani Italian College represents a unique type of Prep to Year 12 College. It intends to deliver a comprehensive bilingual English-Italian primary education program, allowing students the development of excellence in two languages in the verbal, aural and written form. Culture immersion and appreciation are also expected to be pivotal elements characterising the College’s mission and its position in the community.
Students attending a standard high-school pathway at Emiliani Italian College will become eligible for the NSW Record of School Achievement and the Higher School Certificate. Additionally, the College aims to be registered as an IB World School, offering International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes for Primary Years, (aged 3-12), Middle Years (aged 11-16) and at Diploma or Career-related level (aged 15-19). This pathway will allow students entry into universities worldwide.
As a charity, Italian Colleges Australia Ltd is endeavouring to attract financial contributions from the community at large as well as public and private sectors. In the initial stage, however, the majority of contributions would be expected from private donors, to which public contribution from government sources can then follow, only after the initial accreditation from the New South Wales Education Standards Authority has been granted.
Proposed location: The South West
The proposed school location would be at reach of the new Aerotropolis and within the South Western Sydney Growth Areas. The exact site has not been confirmed yet. Ideally, it would have to allow students from the Fairfield, Liverpool and Camden LGAs to reach the site with ease.
The Board of Directors is considering a number of sites and assessing them on its merits. It may be that initially, the school will operate from existing premises and at an agreed timeline move into a definite and purposely built site. The Board of Directors welcomes suggestions for land within the south western area, of individuals and groups that are able to assist.
Within the Fairfield, Liverpool and Camden Local Government Areas, 20,000 individuals identified themselves as having italian ancestry on census night in 2016. Of these, Camden reported the biggest increase of younger Italian-Australians relocating from the Inner West to the South West Priority Growth Area, due to housing affordability and better prospects of founding a family.
The building of key infrastructure, including universities in Liverpool, the new Sydney Orbital and the Western Sydney Airport continue to attract population in the south west.