Winner, ACT Volunteer of the year – Education, Science and Technology Category – Carlos Torres

Carlos is the founder of OsitoScool, a Spanish speaking community language school. Inspired by the Spanish speaking playgroup Ositos, which means little bears, Carlos had a vision of Spanish speakers having their own school to promote the Spanish language and Latin American culture. The OsitoScool has grown from one class of four children to four classes with about forty children, and eight childcare centre classes with twelve students each. Carlos has also set up the not for profit ‘Spanish Speakers Association’ and, with ACT Scouts, founded the Spanish speaking scout group, ‘Pioneros’. Thanks to Carlos’ leadership and commitment, like-minded parents in Canberra’s Spanish-speaking community are supported in bringing up their children bilingually or multilingually.


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2014 – 15 Community Language Schools Grant released

The ACT Government’s Community Language Schools Grants Program enhances the ACT community through the continuing support of community language schools, preschools and playgroups in the Canberra region. It is the intention of this grant to ensure that as many community language schools, preschools and playgroups as possible benefit from the funds available.

Who is eligible to apply?
Any registered member school, preschool or playgroup of the ACT Community Language Schools Association. The school, preschool or playgroup is required to be non-profit making and either incorporated, or in the process of becoming incorporated. If not incorporated, the applicant must be auspiced by an incorporated organisation.

All applicant schools, preschools and playgroups must have satisfactorily acquitted all previous grants.

Applications open 18 May 2015.
Applications close Monday 15 June 2015.
For more information, please contact Jacqui Dillon
phone (02) 6230 5191

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2015 Membership Payments due

Have you paid your 2015 Membership fees yet?  Please remember that your membership payment is required to be eligible for the 2015/16 Community Language Schools Grant and to ensure you are covered by the ACT Community Language Schools Public Liability Insurance Policy.

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ACT Community Language Schools Day 2014

[singlepic id=379 w=320 h=240 float=right]What a wonderful and colourful day at the University of Canberra as ACT Community Language Schools celebrated Children’s Week 2014. For more photos of this lovely day click here

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cla-2007MEDIA RELEASE – October 27, 2014

For Immediate release


Australia’s newest Language Ambassadors with be announced today Monday, October 27 at 6.00pm at the launch of a new website Love of Language –

The site will be launched by-
The Hon Martin Dixon, Minister For Education, and
The Hon Matthew Guy, Minister for Planning, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship.
in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

Community Languages Australia, with the support of the Victorian Government and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, is proud to launch a motivational, aspirational website aimed at promoting the learning of language. As a communication tool, it sits within the Victorian Government’s Vision For Languages Education 2013-25.

Prominent Australian business, sporting, arts and educational leaders together with community representatives will be announced as Language Ambassadors.

Amongst them are ;

News presenters Helen Kapalos and George Donikian, Hawthorn great Robert Dipierdomenico, Chairman Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival and Melbourne Grand Prix Board member Laura Anderson, Melbourne Victory star of this weekend’s MVFC win Kostas Babarouses, 2013 Australian of the Year Finalists Dr Linny Phuong and Mohammed Alam, biggest Budget Rent a Car franchise owner and philanthropist Paul Wheelton, CEO of the Gandel Foundation Vedran Drakulic , highly successful Australian Olympic Sailing Coach Victor Kovalenko, Secretary of Victoria’s Consular Corps Trent Smyth, Barrister William Lye and many others. will provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn a new language. It will also engage a range of Ambassadors who have volunteered to promote languages in schools, business, sport ,arts and communities across Victoria and Australia.

Helen Kapalos, the presenter of the Seven Network’s flagship current affairs program Sunday Night, grew up in a Greek-speaking household. She recalls her early days at school:
“My first day at school meant learning an entirely new language! Although I eventually took to it, it wasn’t that much fun at first and I learned a painful lesson about how language has the power to isolate and cause fear and divide. Eventually it united me with my classmates, but as I got older I’ve valued how intrinsic my Greek language is to my identity. Although it’s no longer my dominant language, it takes me back to who I am, and where I come from, and I don’t want to lose that.”

“The site will be a valuable tool for students, parents, educators and business people.
It will bring together many of the elements required in making decisions on learning language at all levels.

It will give the strong arguments required to make an educated and informed decision and most importantly studying a language, understanding the culture forges a stronger and more harmonious Australian community, ” Stefan Romaniw OAM, the Executive Director of Community Languages Australia said today,

“Our ambassadors through real life experiences will share their testimonials – A strong list of ambassadors will work with schools, parents, and students in promoting languages learning and cultural awareness ”

“In this global and international world we live in languages are the keys that open many doors.” Mr Romaniw said

Students in national costumes from Gladstone Park PS and from a range of community languages schools together with members of the State Schools Spectacular will add color and entertainment to the launch to be attended by political, business, sporting and education representatives together with community members.

Further information contact Stefan Romaniw 0419 531255

Where language and culture come together
150 Palmerston Street Carlton. Victoria 3053
Telephone (03) 9349 2400 Fax: (03) 9347 0297
ABN 77 674 760 578


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Has your school registered for Community Language Schools Day 2014 yet?

Registration forms are available here

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ACT CLSA Annual Dinner 2014

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The ACT CLSA held a very successful Annual Dinner at the Pavilion in Canberra. Representatives from many communities attended.

See event photos here

The following people addressed the dinner participants

• Javad Mehr President of ACT CLSA
• The Hon Joy Burch The Minister for Education and Multicultural affairs
• Steve Despot MP Shadow Minister for Education
• Stefan Romaniw Executive Director Community Languages Australia

Students from a number of schools gave high quality performances

Adrian Arulananadam was an excellent MC . The evening was another good example of how community language schools bring many communities together.

Well done to Javad, Jacqui and the team !

Stefan Romaniw OAM
Executive Director

September 22 ,2014

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