Italian tutor returns
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.