Meadowbank’s Italian Bilingual School has a new principal with a strong commitment to the learning needs of each student and to promoting the Italian language.

New Principal Colin May is the former principal at Arden Anglican School and is the Bilingual School’s second principal and heir to the great work done by first principal Robert Ruggieri.

Mr May told The Weekly Times his aim is to offer every child a unique educational opportunity to achieve excellence through bilingualism.

“The study of the Italian language offers our students a window into a culture of beauty, a vehicle for creative individuality and an appreciation of the musicality of language,” he said.

“Italian is, after English, the most widely spoken language in Australia and over half a million people speak the language every day.

“The study of Italian also prepares our students for the challenges of a multicultural global community by deepening their understanding of cultural diversity.”

Mr May is also committed to the safety of students, individual assessment and support as well as small class sizes with individual encouragement.

“Each child is well known, well taught and cared for as an individual ..this is my commitment to parents,” he said.

Mr May brings 20 years experience as a school principal to his new school and his term at Arden saw him develop the school from a small primary school to a comprehensive preschool to Year 12 centre of excellence.

He is married to Kay and has four children and six grandchildren.

The Italian Bilingual School is managed by the Co.As.It Italian community service and recently moved to Meadowbank from Leichhardt.

Surprisingly, 35 per cent of students have no Italian speaking background.

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