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The Southern Cross : April 2012
April 2012 Page 17 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross news | International early childhood education expert Carla Rinaldi has described one of South Australia's newest Catholic primary schools as near perfect in its teaching approach. "I'm very impressed," said Miss Rinaldi of Galilee Catholic School. The Aldinga R-7 school was built in 2007 with the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy pivotal in its design and construction and is unique in South Australia. Miss Rinaldi, president of Reggio Children and director of the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Reggio Emilia, Italy, toured Galilee Catholic School last month in the first of three visits to South Australia as the State's newest Thinker in Residence. "What I think is admirable (at Galilee), among all the other wonderful things, is that the children are so welcoming," said Miss Rinaldi. Her role is to work closely with Catholic, independent and government school and child care leaders on their approach to early childhood development and education. Miss Rinaldi was invited to Adelaide by Premier Jay Weatherill in a two-year process which followed a visit by Mr Weatherill as Education Minister to St Joseph's Memorial School Norwood in 2010. St Joseph's is one of four Catholic schools in SA using the Reggio Emilia approach. Miss Rinaldi said Mr Weatherill was the first head of a state to support the Reggio Emilia teaching pedagogy, aside from Mayor of Reggio Emilia Graziano Delrio. Mr Weatherill said Reggio Emilia enabled children to have an influence on what and how they learn. "It recognises that children learn through experience and by interacting with the world around them." Miss Rinaldi met with the Catholic Education South Australia leadership team and the Federation of Parents and Friends on March 23. She will return to Adelaide in August and November to complete her evaluation and report. It is the first time a Resident Thinker has been involved in such a collaborative education initiative. Adelaide Thinkers in Residence director Gabrielle Kelly said: "There is a real opportunity here, by having all the education sectors working together, for something marvellous." Galilee Catholic School principal Jodie Higgins said Miss Rinaldi's visit to the school was a unique privilege. "It was such an amazing opportunity to meet (Miss Rinaldi) in person and to see firsthand the passion that drives her and her love for children and her love for enabling children to have a voice and to be valued," she said. Miss Rinaldi was born in Reggio Emilia and is a product of the northern Italian city's teaching pedagogy. The city is recognised world-wide for its innovative approach to education initiated by Loris Malaguzzi after World War II based on the principles of respecting the views of children. This includes allowing them to question, reflect, problem solve, experiment and theorise through language, art, each other and the environment, which is considered a "third" teacher. Guru goes ga-ga over Galilee PERFECT PICTURE: Reggio Children president Carla Rinaldi -- SA's 24th Thinker in residence -- at Galilee Catholic School in March with students (clockwise) Poppy, Gabriel, Lilly, Olivia, Oliver and Sebastian. r donation to Project ompassion -- Caritas tralia's major annual -- alleviates poverty s hope to vulnerable unities in more than countries worldwide. t Compassion donations accepted until 30 June. You ur CCo Aust apppeaal aaan nd bringgs ccomm m 35c Proojeect Photo: Marden Dean www.caritas.org.au 1800 024 413 THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING PCSC T www.ctcsa.edu.au Catholic Theological College of SA A TASTE OF THEOLOGY .....the second course.... Following on from the highly successful 2011 Taste of Theology first course, we again offer you the opportunity to taste various aspects of what is taught by the Faculty at Catholic Theological College of SA. In May/June 2012, we will be running a four week series, to be held on Friday mornings: 11th, 18th, 25th May, and the 1st June. The range of topics to be covered include: The Year of Grace, The Eucharist, Judaism, and Ecology & Theology. All Lectures will run for 2 hours: 10am-12pm. Morning tea is provided. Bookings are essential. FREE Parking. VENUE: Room S1 Adelaide Theological Centre 34 Lipsett Terrace BROOKLYN PARK Enter via either Lipsett Terrace entrance or Beverley Street (off Sir Donald Bradman Drive) Cost = $80 (4wks) $60 (concession)