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School hours are 8:42am - 2:55pm
Lesmurdie Senior High School
Reid Road, Lesmurdie
Western Australia 6076
Principal Kerry Chipchase
Waking up to the cold rain on a Tuesday morning is not one’s favourite thing to do, that is, until you realise you are quite lucky you don’t have to sit in a cold classroom all day. You have the privilege to go to the Maritime Museum, eat pizza and gelato! This definitely helps you rip off the covers and jump out of bed, well maybe not jump, more like roll…
Arriving at school listening to the groans and grunts of those who have to stay at school wishing they had selected Italian as a subject to study in Year 10 is quite funny, and those of us who did decide to study Italian did not try to hide the fact we were going.
At the sound of the morning bell we all made our way to Administration where we were met by Mrs Famiano (Italian teacher extraordinaire), Ms Baggen (English teacher extraordinaire), and our two new exchange students Giovanna and Pietro, from Italy. After completing the roll we walked to the bus and off we went on our journey to Fremantle.
We arrived in Fremantle at the Maritime Museum and we viewed the Welcome Wall. It was fascinating to see all the names of those who have travelled far and wide to come to this country, and these were only the few people who chose to put their names on the wall. We took many photos whilst waiting to enter the museum.
We walked in and went straight to work. We (Jemma, Jade, Eve, Molly, Elliot and I) began on the first floor. Here we learned how Italians increased production in the fishing industry developing the way it is nowadays. As we walked around the second floor we viewed images of those arriving on boats, riding gondolas and Fremantle then and now. We found a boat suspended in the air, and just because we were able, we decided to board the boat. We spent the remains of our time on this boat taking photos and (sensibly) goofing around. As we were leaving the museum we stopped to take more photos. We gathered around a sign and took a group photo. The walk to get pizza began.
Although the walk was short, we arrived at Sandrino’s famished and eager to eat pizza. The wait for pizza was no longer than 10 minutes as they had already started preparing them before we arrived. The staff was lovely and the pizza was delicious. A few of us noticed the difference between how Australians and Italians eat pizza, Italians very strategically fold the pizza, something many of us will try as it appeared much easier and A LOT less messy.
When we were full of pizza we left Sandrino’s and ventured 15m down the road to Dolce Vita – an Italian Gelato parlour. Our mouths watered as we read the available flavours of ice cream – Tim Tam, Wild Berry Cheesecake, Mint Chocolate Chip, Lemon or raspberry Sorbet, Chocolate and many more. Students selected two flavours each and no one was disappointed with what they received.
Fast forward 30 minutes and we were done with our gelato and we made our way to the bus. However on the way to the bus we had to stop at the playground.
We boarded the bus and continued our journey to an Italian market/store. The store was quite small yet very busy. From Italian gelato to cheese to pasta and breadsticks anything Italian you can think of was sold – Mrs Famiano came out with quite a few bags.
Our wonderful day out was coming to an end as we boarded the bus for the last time. The 40 minute bus ride led us all the way back to school.
The excursion to Fremantle was truly one I will never forget and I hope many future Italian students get to experience.
Year 10 Italian Student