First of all, thank you for choosing our School of Ischia.
As an Italian language school for foreign students, we have always respected and admired the many institutions and/or language associations working in the “Bel” Country for their perseverance and persistence in promoting the study and knowledge of both Italian and foreign languages. In fact, we are happy to count on well-known and illustrious organizations such as the University for Foreigners in Siena and the professional schools of Languages, Interpretation and Translation of Bologna (Forli) and Udine’s universities.
However, there is one issue tied to a geographic question. There is indeed little information on the possibilities and the opportunity to deepen the study of the Italian language even in South Italy (especially in the parthenopean territory). In the last years, we have decided to work to change this trend. We have succeeded.
In fact, we have a diversified and lush territory such as that of the Campania Region, and particularly of the Gulf of Naples. Specifically, we operate in Ischia, an island representing by herself only, according to statistics, even one-third of the GDP of the entire Campania Region. This island, rich in traditions, resources and services to discover, is able to provide you with the right staying for an unforgettable holiday.
Our solid professional experience, accumulated through years of service provided for foreign language schools, is the result of the meticulous development and consolidation of a teaching method allowing students to immerse themselves immediately in the Italian culture while learning the basic theoretical structures of the spoken language. Excellence is our goal, both as an operating company and mentor for our students, coming from all continents.
That being said, I invite you to find out more and read about the services and offers by our School.
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Our school is in the beautiful island of ISCHIA; along with Procida and Capri, it is part the Islands of Campania Arcipelago.We have a very ambitious project leading us to make a truly unique offer in the even widening sector of Italian language teaching for foreigners, while maintaining a very high quality level.
Our Italian school in ISCHIA is located in the town of Casamicciola Terme, in the center of the country, a few steps away from the sea. It is easily accessible by bus lines from all the other towns on the island. These are: Ischia - Casamicciola Terme - Lacco Ameno - Forio - Serrara Fontana - Barano. A friendly welcoming, coffee breaks and various social activities give to our students the opportunity of getting in touch with Italian language and culture in a both relaxing and creative environment at the same time.
A rich day of negotiations in the school sector in the background of Casamicciola Terme
The island of Ischia has certainly built its economic strength on the tourism industry. However, it should be stressed that it was possible thanks to the efforts made by our local school institutions, some of which have founded their training on the teaching of the theoretical, practical and linguistic bases of specific working areas. In a nutshell, the School is what enables the job economy to progress and grow. Today, I have the utmost privilege to witness the potential birth of future school collaborations.
In fact, we have had a special guest here in Ischia on holiday, accompanied by her spouse: Susanne Kime, Headteacher of St. Andrew’s CE Primary School in Preston, Lancashire. Given the previous contacts with Thomas David Whitehead, a former pupil of the same school, Susanne was cordially invited to his residence in Casamicciola Terme for an informal visit. Yet, thanks to the idea of engineer Giuseppe Conte and Dr. Ambrogio Mattera, there was a casual and lucky opportunity to deepen a working and collaborative relationship with St. Andrew’s itself, in order to provide contacts with other educational institutions and universities in the UK encouraging students tin coming to Ischia to deepen the study of Italian and validate university exams and other training activities (thanks also to the collaboration with the Pegaso E-learning University).
Moreover, we expressed our desire to create an opportunity for mutual twinning and student exchange with other British primary and secondary schools, thus facilitating direct contact with foreign soil. Meetings took place late in the morning of today (30/08/2017), first at Mr Whitehead's residence in Via San Pasquale and later at the Marina 10 Hotel in Piazza Marina. Further guests were: the headmaster of the "Cristofaro Mennella" institute of Casamicciola Terme, Giuseppina Di Guida; The delegate to the Public Education of the Municipality of Casamicciola Terme, lawyer Nunzia Piro; The pediatrician Dr. Enzo D'ambrosio; Engineer Dr. Giuseppe Conte; Dr. Ambrogio Mattera; Mrs. Kime's spouse, Mr. Jeremy.
S.M .: To get started, would you like to give us a brief personal presentation?
S.K .: Of course! I'm Susanne Kime, Headteacher at the St. Andrew’s CE Primary School in Preston, Lancashire. In addition to this, I supervise and work with other Preston local institutes. I started with a course in Law and, in two years, I will end my role as a headteacher to become a magistrate. So I can say to have come full circle in my life!
S.M .: How come you are in Ischia? Are you enjoying it?
S.K: The idea came after a both exciting and tiring trip to South Africa; we needed a week of pure relax! So we went for Ischia, as it is both a quiet and very characteristic place. Meanwhile, we had received an email on behalf of Mr. Whitehead, our former student, who, while graciously remembering our school, asked us how things were going. As we are here on holiday, we decided to make a visit. It was pure coincidence!
S.M .: We are curious to know about your School. Tell us more!
S.K: The school was born in early 1900 as a primary male institution; next to it there was a church used as a primary female institution. Subsequently, the two institutes were assembled in one institution which hosted both an infant and a junior school. In about 15 years, St. Andrews has become one of the largest primary institutions in Lancashire (the largest in the Preston area); it currently has 450 students and over 50 teachers (plus a large number of staff members).
S.M .: Which is, according to you, the strategy to improve the organizational quality of a school and, as a result, to consolidate contact with other institutions and/or businesses?
S.K: In the case of our school, we have always been concerned about organizing inspections to ensure high quality standards on all aspects. In addition to that, we have put in place a series of waiting lists for both potential teachers and students who are eager to approach St. Andrews, thus widening the range of both educational and working opportunities throughout the working year. Finally, we keep hosting seminars for both teaching and general staff; In this way, we have won several prestigious awards, such as, for example, the one for "best primary school in Lancashire". To sum up, I would say that there are three important "secrets" to remember: first of all, as mentioned above, you need to maintain and guarantee a high quality level. Secondly, you need a strong and determined leadership; this also means being ready to sometimes make drastic and "difficult" decisions. Finally, and most of all, you need to put 100% love and passion in your work, which means to take full care of your co-workers and students not for the sole sense of duty, but also with regard and respect to their personal sphere.
S.M: As a community, we are on the verge of launching an Italian language school and Uni campus, as well as having the objective of creating new opportunities for twinning with educational institutions like yours. What advice could you give us, given your experience?
S.K: It is all about establishing priorities. In terms of teaching and general staff, it could be possible to establish and create clusters of staff members willing to relocate and work for a term in a foreign institution. On the other hand, in terms of contact with students, you could, for example, provide paid work experience at your school or in other organizations (subject to prior request of permission from local school authorities) to cover accommodation expenses. The important thing is that there must be a fair exchange of resources and an equal pledge of both educational and working opportunities.
The "INLINGUA" method In fact, we started several years ago with the "INLINGUA" method. Our approach is focused on full immersion communication: students are stimulated to express themselves from the very first lesson by using a truly lively language. Our teachers are exclusively Italian teachers. They attended a specific initial course and their activity is constantly monitored by the school coordinator.
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Photo n.1 - The German Ambassador in Rome Rolf Lahr brings the greetings of the German Government. Next to him is the Consul General in Naples;
Photo n.2: Comm. Antonio Castagna, Finance Advisor, gives greetings by the Provincial Administration;
Photo n.3: The Ambassador with Dr. Kuttner, owner and director of the Poseidon Thermal Park in Forio, together with the director of the Goethe Institute in Naples;
Photo n.4: Lunch at the Jolly Hotel in Ischia in honour of the distinguished guests. You can see: The Ambassador and the Consul; Mayor of Ischia Vincenzo Romolo; Provincial Councilor, Antonio Castagna; prof. Vincenzo Sena; President of Hoteliers; Director of the Goethe Institute in Naples and Dr. Franco Garbaccio;
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Photo n.1: Final greetings of the distinguished guests
Photo n.2: On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the death of Neapolitan philosopher Benedetto Croce, Ambrogio Mattera promotes a debate to remember the figure of the philosopher.
Photo n.3: Conferences Professionals: Prof. Edoardo Malagoli, professor of philosophy at high school "Genovese" in Neaples and follower of the philosopher Benedetto Croce, the Provincial minister prof. Giovanni Colosimo; The Preside Prof. Greco; the professor. Mariano Liguori.
Photo 4: The presence of audiences in the hall demonstrates the particular interest in the cultural event