Part 2 - Co.As.It Community Services
primo pomeriggio dopo pranzo o dopo il riposino pomeridiano. Fai sentire la persona importante e speciale, e magari manda anche un biglietto: ”Ciao Linda, se ti va bene, ti vengo a trovare domani per chiacchierare un po’ e prendere un caffè o un tè insieme!” • Quando incontri il paziente, guardalo/la negli occhi e dagli un abbraccio, accoglilo/la con un saluto caloroso e poi siediti davanti a lui/lei. • Se vuoi e credi che possa darti una mano a rompere il ghiaccio, porta con te un fiore, un frutto, o dei biscotti fatti in casa. Questi piccoli rimedi a volte possono essere di grande aiuto per iniziare una conversazione e anche per fare in modo che il paziente si lasci andare e si senta più rassicurato. • Spegni la TV e la radio, e chiudi la porta se ci sono dei rumori forti che potrebbero disturbarvi. • Fai particolare attenzione al linguaggio del corpo del paziente e di come ti muovi e ti comporti: se tieni le braccia incrociate o se continui a fissare l’ora, • potrebbe essere percepito come segno che non vuoi essere lì. Allo stesso modo, se il paziente continua a sbadigliare e non mantiene il contatto con gli occhi, inventa una scusa e magari torna quando il paziente è più ricettivo. Se i vostri incontri sono sempre nella camera da letto, cerca di cambiare l’ambiente, magari spostandovi in veranda o andando fuori in giardino. Attività per migliorare le visite individuali: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Leggi ad alta voce qualcosa di divertente, come per esempio una barzelletta o una poesia. Fate insieme dei giochi semplici, come puzzle o giochi da tavolo. Porta con te dei quiz e dei giochi di parole. Guardate l’album delle foto di famiglia e magari fatene uno insieme. Chiedi se ti raccontano la storia della loro vita, di quando andavano a scuola, gli amici d’infanzia, la famiglia, le ricette segrete della nonna, e dei loro animali domestici. Scopri che interessi avevano, per esempio a un pescatore potrebbe far piacere guardare una rivista di pesci, mentre a un sarto potrebbe interessare sfogliare riviste di moda. 7. Se i pazienti vengono da altri paesi, procurati dei quiz o delle storie del loro paese di origine. 8. Ascoltate la radio insieme, leggete, parlate di libri, di programmi scientifici o anche solo chiacchierate. 9. Fate delle passeggiate in giardino e parlate della casa dove viveva il paziente, se era bravo/a in giardino e con le piante. 10. Proponi un massaggio delicato alle mani e alle spalle. 11. Sii sincero perché il tuo comportamento può influenzare la visita: se non sei presente fisicamente e mentalmente, il paziente potrebbe percepirlo e quindi diventare indifferente. 12. Se il paziente soffre di demenza, sii pronto a ripetere la conversazione più volte; osserva le foto che tiene in camera e fai delle domande su quelle foto; apprezza e rispetta il paziente. 17 19 community events Co.As.It. Community Services, under the patronage of the Italian Consulate for Queensland and the Northern Territory, was again proud to stage another Community Concert on 29 November, 2014. Held at the old site of the Italo-Australian Centre, which has now been renovated and refurbished by the Multicultural Development Association, the event was a significant occasion linked to the traditional spiritual presence of the Italian community in the area. 20 As the lights dimmed, Master of Ceremonies Damien Anthony Rossi warmly welcomed the community and special guests before calling upon the President of Co.As.It. Cav. Nereo Brezzi, to address the audience. Highlighting Co.As.It.’s 37 year history and its ability to meet the needs of so many in the community, Cav. Brezzi thanked the audience for their continued patronage of the event before introducing the Italian Consul for Qld and the Northern Territory, Dott. Ludovico Carlo Camussi. Dott. Camussi expressed his thanks to the assembled local and state representatives, namely Cr Kim Marx (Representing the Lord Mayor), Cr Vick Howard (Brisbane Central) and Ms Mariangela Stagnitti (Com.It.Es. President) for their support and cooperation which makes it possible for organisations like Co.As.It. to successfully deliver specialised services to many in the community. A wonderful array of talented entertainers created a festive atmosphere for over 380 spectators. Skilled dancers from the Baila Conmigo Dance Group (Club 50/50) performed the tango amongst other well known dances and interstate performer Nata Forte flew in especially for the event. Of particular enjoyment were soprano Leslie MartinNightingale and tenor Raffaele Pierno. Raffaele’s a-capella rendition of “Nessun dorma” following a special audience request, brought the audience to its feet in enthusiastic appreciation. The ever popular Alfio Bonanno, an Italian-Australian tenor, musician, songwriter and composer who jetted in from New York gave emotional performances of favourites “Chitarra romana”, “Il mondo”, “Non pensare a me” and “Il nostro sogno” that brought tears to the eyes of many. His final song “Con te partirò” was a huge crowd pleaser with many spectators crowding around him after the event for signed CD’s and photographs. Following the performances, the guests received complimentary prosecco and panettone and many congratulations were passed to concert organiser Carmel Paolino and her team for once again coordinating an unforgettable event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Co.As.It. also thanks its many supporters, community organisations and individuals for the continued support of this annual event. 21 Giovedì 4 dicembre nella sede dell’ILC a Newmarket si è tenuta la festa di chiusura del Girotondo Italian Playgroup, il programma per l’apprendimento dell’italiano dedicato a bambini dai 3 ai 5 anni. Alle 10 i bambini, coordinati dalla loro insegnante Laura Zanichelli, accolgono i presenti sulle note di Ciao buongiorno. Poi si inizia a sentire un tintinnio di campanelle: è il momento di Fra Martino e di Jingle Bells (ovviamente in italiano!). 22 Sono presenti, oltre all’insengnante, la coordinatrice del programma Carmel Paolino e tre studentesse dell’Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia: Elisabetta Lombardo, Debora Rigo e Silvia Cosentino, che stanno svolgendo uno stage di 3 mesi al Co.As.It. Dopo il piccolo concerto è ora di un natalizio morning tea, servito su un buffet riccamente decorato, dove Italia e Australia si incontrano tra lamington e pandoro. Fuori fa caldo, ma l’atmosfera all’ILC è quasi da Polo Nord, manca solo Babbo Natale… ma l’ILC non si fa mancare proprio niente: Babbo Natale fa un’eccezione e passa con un po’ di anticipo. I bambini, seduti in cerchio increduli, ricevono caramelle, dolcini e un libricino in Italiano: La passegiata di Flick, magari per esercitarsi un po’ durante le vacanze, prima di ricominciare il Girotondo Italian Playgroup a febbraio 2015. 23 The StuditaliA prize was established in 1994 to encourage and promote excellence in Italian studies in schools in Queensland and reward the achievements of Year 12 students of Italian. It is an expression of the commitment to maintain the diffusion of Italian language and culture by the Italian Government and the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE), as well as the Italian community in Brisbane. Thanks to the sponsors, the four 2014 winners each won the opportunity to study and live in Italy. The prize includes a return airline ticket from Queensland and one month’s 24 attendance at a secondary school in Cividale del Friuli, plus accommodation and meals at the Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono near the northern Italian city of Udine. The proceedings began with Patrea Walton, Deputy DirectorGeneral of DETE, expressing her delight at being present at the event marking 20 years of collaboration with Italian authorities. This partnership has given many students the chance to perfect their acquisition of Italian not only through the StuditaliA prize but also through the Fri.Sa.Li. network which offers student exchange opportunities. This demonstrates the State Government’s commitment to increasing global connections thus enhancing the prospects of students in becoming globally competitive citizens. Then Dr Ludovico Carlo Camussi, Italian Consul for Queensland and the Northern Territory, was called upon to address the audience. He began by quoting the Caribbean philosopher, Frantz Fanon, who said: “To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture”. Dr Camussi congratulated the winners on their success and reminded them of the many benefits and rewards inherent in the study of a foreign language and culture. 25 The current winners’ presentations were followed by a combined presentation and video link from the 2013 StuditaliA winners (Clara Barrs, Thomas Hale, Nathalie Khan and Tegan Buckingham) who spoke of their stay in Italy. government, DETE and the StuditaliA sponsors for having made it all possible. display of winning entries of the ILC (Italian Language Centre) Calligram Competition 2014. The 2014 StuditaliA awards ceremony closed with the students of Bulimba State School providing the entertainment. The photographic display of memorable moments experienced during their monthlong stay in Cividale del Friuli left no doubt that winning the prize has been a life-changing experience. Italian teacher Connie Harley prepared the students who delighted the audience with speeches in Italian from two Year 3 students and a beautiful group song ‘Mi scappa la pipì papà’. The colourful interpretations of handwritten Italian poems arranged in a way to create a visual image are a testament to the passionate Italian teaching and learning that occurs in Italian classes throughout Queensland schools. They expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Italian During afternoon tea, guests had the opportunity to view the 26 ILC (Italian Language Centre) is a division of Co.As.It. Community Services which sponsors the prestigious StuditaliA Prize. Sounds of laughter are a clear indication that people are having a good time. This was the case on the evening of Friday 7 November 2014 when numerous ILC students congregated at the Italian Language Centre for the final ILC movie get-together of Semester 2. After a warm welcome by ILC course coordinator Marzia Mauro, ILC student interns, Elisabetta Lombardo and Debora Rigo from the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice, introduced the film ‘Sole a Catinelle’. Elisabetta and Debora were completing a three month internship at ILC. They delivered a vibrant PowerPoint presentation which introduced the viewers to the main character of the film: Checco Zalone, the well-known Italian comic actor who plays the part of a dad and his son as they learn how to live a new life following the break-up of the family. mingled while enjoying a glass of wine. The hilarious comedy is played against a backdrop of insightful situations highlighting current Italian socio-political issues. One of the best ways to improve understanding of a language is to listen to native speakers. From 5:45pm onwards delicious wood-fired pizzas began arriving as ILC students and their guests All language learners work hard at perfecting the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. ILC movie nights are held regularly and provide the opportunity for ILC students to perfect their listening skills. 27 On a warm late Spring evening the convivial buzz of guests enjoying themselves could be heard coming from the Urban Nosh Café on the Senior Campus at North Lakes State College (NLSC). It was Tuesday 4 November and assembled students, parents and teachers were eagerly anticipating the moment when the Year 9 students would be called up to receive certificates to mark their successful graduation from the Italian Immersion Program. As the moving strains of the Australian and Italian national anthems died away, Barry 28 Duncan, Head of Department International Studies, welcomed guests to the 2014 Aperitivo Dinner. study Italian, Mathematics, History/Geography and Science all in Italian over a 3-year period from Year 7 to Year 9. Barry reminded everyone that the Italian Immersion program at NLSC successfully commenced in 2008 and has been going from strength to strength over the last six years. Students thus learn the subject and the language simultaneously. For students who are not admitted to the Immersion program, Italian is offered as a subject from Prep to Year 12. For those unfamiliar with what an immersion program is, Barry explained that it entails studying a language through the use of language. This means that students admitted to the Italian Immersion program at NLSC, The Acting Executive Principal, Ms. Katrina Larsen, was then invited to formally welcome the guests before commencing on the delicious menu prepared by the talented Hospitality students at NLSC who served antipasto platters, baked chicken risotto and cannelloni before finishing the splendid meal with exquisite desserts – tiramisu and a strawberry parfait. Debby Hansen, the parent of a graduating student then spoke of the involvement with the Italian Immersion program from the family’s point of view. In between courses, Dina Ranieri, Director of Co.As.It Community Services and the Italian Language Centre (ILC), addressed the guests. As she spoke of how the program had been an enriching experience, it became clear that the success of such a program is underpinned by the collaboration and support provided by the family. Dina warmly congratulated the students on their achievements and commended NLSC for investing in the Italian Immersion program and in so doing being at the forefront of educational practices that respond to global needs. Each graduating student received a certificate as well as a memento – a lapel pin in the shape of entwined Italian/ Australian flags which the students are permitted to display proudly on the lapel or collar of their school uniforms. The most important part of the evening followed with Barry Duncan inviting Ms. Katrina Larsen, Acting Executive Principal of NLSC, and Dina Ranieri to present the awards. 29 Teachers, parents and students from Rainworth State School congregated to celebrate the graduation of the Year 6 and Year 7 students who will be moving on to high school in 2015. After a warm welcome and memorable address by Principal Adam Matthewson, some light entertainment followed before the presentation of Graduation certificates Italian teacher Signor Alfredo Ferranti and his students had been hard at work preparing two Italian skits for the audience to enjoy. The first was based on two Commedia dell’Arte characters: Il Dottore and Pantalone. In faultless Italian (and no prompt cards!) the students acted out how the old Venetian miser Pantalone goes to Il Dottore for a free medical examination. Il Dottore diagnoses many ailments and prescribes an essential but very costly medicine. Pantalone reluctantly hands over his coins only to discover that the medicine bottle is simply full of ‘good air’. Il 30 Dottore scampers off gleefully jiggling his money bag. In the second skit, the characters Mamma, Papà and Figlia sit around the dinner table with the cat Micio at their feet. Figlia whines for ‘pane e Nutella’ but Mamma knows best, and keeps putting wholesome food on the daughter’s plate. After the Graduation Certificates had been presented, it was time for a very special award – the Co.As.It. Italian Ambassador’s Award 2014 which is given every year to those students of Italian who demonstrate a keen interest in the language they are studying. Unbeknown to Mamma, Figlia shovels everything onto Micio’s plate. At the end of the meal, Mamma finally rewards Figlia with ‘pane e Nutella’ for having finished all her food. This means the winners are not necessarily the most linguistically gifted but are students who embrace all aspects of learning Italian and who participate in activities beyond those which take place only in the classroom. But before Figlia can enjoy her ‘reward’ Micio snatches it away – announcing that he is the rightful recipient for having eaten all Figlia’s food. Papà picks up the wooden spoon ..... as Figlia runs off screaming ‘aiuto!’ The very deserving winners of the Co.As.It. Italian Ambassador Award 2014 were: Rainer Englund-Strachan, Phoebe Oats, Alexa Stevens and Will Walker. Each received a commemorative plaque and a book voucher to mark their achievement.