Italian is offered to students from Prep to Year 8. It is the official language of Italy, the Vatican City, San Marino and parts of Switzerland. It is also a major community language of Australia, the USA, Canada, Brazil and other countries. Italian belongs to the Romance family of languages and is closely connected to its sibling languages of Spanish, Portuguese and French. Many Italian words can be instantly recognised due to their similarities with English.
As Italian is widely spoken in communities in Australia, many opportunities exist to hear and use the language in real-life situations as well as through the Italian media in Australia