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Cairns High welcomes Principal from Italian sister school


Laura Mazzolini, IB Program Manager, Oldino Cernoia, Principal Convitto Nazional Paolo Diacono with Gabriele Qualla, visiting student and Finlee Truelove, IB Diploma students and host for Gabriele


Cairns High welcomes Principal from Italian sister school. Mr Oldino Cernoia, Principal Convitto Nazional Paolo Diacono, arrived today and is thrilled to be at Cairns State High School, “consolidating the sister school arrangement”, he commented. The relationship commenced in 2008 and the schools are involved in reciprocal visits as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.


“Our students consider Cairns High an excellent school and they are benefitting greatly from the exchange”, expressed Mr Cernoia.


The eight students from Convitto Nazional Paolo Diacono, a school in Cividale in the Friuli region of North East Italy, arrived on Friday 11 July and have settled into school smoothly. They have been involved in excursions to the Tablelands, Green Island, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and the 2014 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. They have attended IB Diploma classes, English as a second language lessons and competed in a volleyball match. 


In December, eleven Cairns High IB Italian students, who are hosting the students from Italy, will enjoy the opportunity of spending time at Convitto Nazional Paolo Diacono school, improving their language skills.


“We are looking to extend the agreement, including preparatory information for the arrival of this year’s Cairns High IB students and to specifically create programs for their needs”, Mr Cernoia added.


Mrs Angela Toppin, Cairns State High School Principal, along with Ms Laura Mazzolini, IB Program Manager will convene on Monday with Mr Oldino Cernoia to discuss the future plans and possibilities of the sister school arrangement. Both schools will continue collaboration to enhance the benefits of internationalism, a priority of the IB Program and Cairns State High School.

Article published in The Cairns Post 13 August.