IGS Language Camp

Students in Years 4 to 6 enjoyed a fun few days of language immersion at Stanwell Tops, in Lane Cove and Elanora Heights.

Students challenged their skills in French, German, Japanese and Italian at the annual IGS Language Camp.

“How wonderful it was to be back at language camp,” said Head of Languages Junior School and Italian Teacher Vilma Rotellini.

She said she particularly enjoyed the buzz in the Languages Staffroom on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of the Camp, where teachers were busy organising last minute details.

The theme for this year’s French Language camp was “Tintin”. Students engaged in many different activities around the comic such as drama, craft, detective games, dress ups, music, designing an album cover.


The Italian camp was all about fashion and being in fashion, La Bella Moda. Students revised clothes, weather and colours, and learnt about Italian designers. Some of the highlights were making paper top hats, designing bags and sweating it out in their activewear with Professora Casu. The objective was to prepare for the super chic fashion parade on the last day of camp.

The German camp enjoyed learning all about superheroes. Some of the activities included making colourful masks, creating a rap and acting out heroic scenes. The fun continued the next day with creating a comic and a stop motion film.

Japanese language camp students celebrated “spring”, including Hinamatsuri (Dolls’ festival) , Ohanami (Flower viewing) and Kodomo no hi (Children’s day). Students played games to learn the vocabulary and wrote scripts for the role-plays with their team mates.

Machiko Sensei commented, “We made a comparison between Japanese cherry blossom and Australian spring flowers whose Dharug name is Warada (Waratah).

“The students learnt about some of the traditional medicinal usage by First Nations people, thus offering an intercultural opportunity. We created beautiful artworks of Sakura flowers and Waratah flowers.”

The students engaged in craft activities to make Kabuto (samurai helmet). They also enjoyed playing with traditional Japanese toys.

“An amazing feat and true dedication from all,” said Vilma. “How lucky is IGS. Grazie to all.”