The “Festa della Repubblica” is the Italian national holiday celebrated on 2 June. It commemorates the institutional referendum of 1946 when the Italian population was called to decide what form of government (monarchy or republic) to give to the country after the Second World War and the fall of Fascism. Italy became a Republic, and the monarchs of the House of Savoy were deposed and exiled.
All over the world, Italian embassies hold celebrations with Heads of State of the host country. Heads of State from all over the world send congratulations to the President of the Republic. Special official ceremonies take place in Italy. In the Junior School, we celebrated by having Italian Week.
The students in Years 3 to 5 participated in lunchtime activities that included a Colosseum building competition using only newspaper and masking tape, Bocce on The Common, and a lunchtime viewing of Roberto Benigni’s interpretation of the much loved Pinocchio story. The Year 2 students made Italian flags in class.
Meanwhile, the Year 4 students celebrated with a Carnevale Party which marked the culmination of many strands of their various units of inquiry. The Italian Carnevale unit focusing on how celebrations define our culture and shared beliefs, the class unit of inquiry investigating how people around the world have different belief systems, and the Art unit inquiring into how universally there are many forms of expression.
Students dressed in costume donned their Carnevale masks which were made during Art Class and most importantly feasted on delicious treats. There was a prize for the best costume, and prizes for the best poetry recital (Spoken in Italian, or course!). The highlight of the party was the cutting of the spectacular Colosseum cake which was made by one of our wonderful 4H parents, Mrs Katarina Just.
It was a wonderful week of fun and interactive activities.
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