Education in exchange

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23 May 2019

From left to right : Principal of Marcellin College, Mark Murphy; SCA Treasurer, Giovanna Ruiu; SCA President, Paul Lostia; Head of Languages at Marcellin College, John Dinatale; and Italian Teacher at Marcellin College, Alfio Camarda.Marcellin College, Bulleen, has developed a partnership with the Sardinian Cultural Association (SCA) to enable an exchange of students between Melbourne and Sardegna, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea.

Every two years between the months of August and September, students from Convitto Nazionale di Cagliari will come to Melbourne and, in December and January, students from Marcellin College will go to Cagliari. The period of exchange will last between five and six weeks, allowing students to share experiences of their own culture and refine their knowledge of the host country’s language.

‘I am very pleased to announce a new partnership which we have formed at Marcellin with the Sardinian Cultural Association’, said Marcellin College Principal, Mark Murphy. ‘We are very grateful to the Sardinian Cultural Association for their generosity and foresight in supporting a student from Marcellin to engage in a cultural and language immersion program to Sardinia in 2019. I look forward to this partnership developing and bringing mutual benefit to us all.’

Exchange programs and educational tours are clearly devised to promote socialisation with other people. Students are encouraged to talk to locals and native speakers, as well as get to know their touring party to learn from each other, because it is with this experience that students gain knowledge. An understanding of the culture is required to truly walk in others’ shoes. Different cultures have a varying perspective of different acts. This is in tune with the Marcellin model of a mixed school community.

Marcellin College celebrates diversity and is always looking for new ways to further the education of the young men in its care, ensuring that enriching experiences are made available to as many young men as possible.