Students taste Italian culture
Year 3 Parkfield Primary School students have been busy learning about how Italian culture has shaped their region.
The hardships faced by Italian migrants upon their arrival to Western Australia in the early to mid 20th century is one of the key areas the students have been focusing on.
Last Thursday the students were visited by Italian migrants Pasqualina Scaglione and Sandra Cristaldi who shared their personal experiences and information about Italian culture.
Ms Scaglione and Ms Cristaldi spoke to the students about growing up as migrants in Australia and the difficulties they faced.
Originally from the South of Italy, Ms Scaglione arrived in Australia in 1954 with her mother and brother.
Her father, who was sponsored, landed in Fremantle two years earlier.
When she first attended school, Ms Scaglione couldn’t speak a word of English, which came as a shock to the Year 3 students.
After asking the women about their childhood, the students showed off the projects they had been working on which investigated and explored Italian migrants from the South West Memorial and their presence in the community today.
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