Ital­ian tu­tor re­turns

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page -

MAR­IAN Col­lege’s first ever Ital­ian lan­guage as­sis­tant was back in Myrtleford last week, tu­tor­ing stu­dents just like she did 20 years ago.

Fed­er­ica An­ni­bali said Myrtleford holds a special place in her heart af­ter spend­ing three and a half “beau­ti­ful” months work­ing at the catholic school in 1998.

“I was greeted with great af­fec­tion by both the school chil­dren and the Ital­ian com­mu­nity,” she re­called.

Ms An­ni­bali worked mainly with Ital­ian teach­ers Bruno and Marisa Spiller who had re­quested an Ital­ian as­sis­tant, and also has fond memories of her time with Bar­bara Broz.

“I spent an un­for­get­table time with the teach­ers, the school chil­dren and the peo­ple of the vil­lage and I carry them al­ways in my heart,” Ms An­ni­bali said.

Her pas­sion for travel re­mained af­ter she left Myrtleford in Septem­ber 1998, as Ms An­ni­bali soon took up a role teach­ing math­e­mat­ics and physics in Cairo in Egypt.

She then went on to work as a pri­mary and sec­ondary school teacher in Pakistan dur­ing 2000 and 2001 where she met her hus­band who re­turned to Italy with her.

Now a mother of two chil­dren, Ms An­ni­bali was glad she could visit Myrtleford with her chil­dren.

“Of­ten I thought of Australia and my beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ences and I had the de­sire to re­turn with my chil­dren,” she said.

“I have been able to or­ga­nize a fab­u­lous trip - a trip that ob­vi­ously had to in­clude the places that are dear to me and in Myrtl- eford I was once again re­ceived very warmly.”

“Some things have changed, how­ever the hos­pi­tal­ity and the af­fec­tion shown by the peo­ple has not.”

It was a timely re­turn for Ms An­ni­bali with both Mar­ian Col­lege and St Mary’s Pri­mary School cel­e­brat­ing Ital­ian Day last week.

Ms An­ni­bali said she hopes to re­turn to Myrtleford again in the fu­ture.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Year 12 Mar­ian Col­lege stu­dents Brooke Favaro (left) and Ella Murtagh with for­mer Ital­ian as­sis­tant Fed­er­ica An­ni­bali and her chil­dren Ste­fano and Ca­te­rina.

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