June 2022

Community events

 

"The way home- La strada di casa" Musical. Saturday 16th July at 7pm at the Britten Theatre, London. A linguistic and artistic project, creation and stage production of a new one-act Musical made with, for and by the British-Italian community in London to explore themes of identity, multiculturalism and, indeed, community. Click here to buy your ticket

Italian after-school clubs for heritage speakers

 

Registration for the school year 2022-2023 is now open through SIAL courses. If you enrol your child by the 30th June 2022 fees will be £250/year per pupil. There is also an annual registration fee of £15 per family and siblings benefit from a 15% discount. Please, note that enrolments from the 1st July 2022 will incur a 10% increased charge.

RECEPTION CLASS

The Tuesday group is fully booked now but we have opened enrolments for Thursdays 4-5 pm. Please, note that the course will be activated if we reach the numbers as per Ministery guidelines. 

YEAR 1 (KS1)

There is a group on Monday 4-5pm for children that will be in Year 1 in September and have already attended one of our courses during the Reception year, and one on Tuesday 4-5pm for newcomers. However, they both are fully booked and so we opened the enrolments for a class on Thursday 4-5pm for children in Reception and KS1.

YEAR 2 (KS1)

As above, the Monday course is fully booked but children in Year 2 are welcome to join the Thursday 4-5pm class.

YEAR 3 & YEAR 4 (KS2)

This group will run on Mondays 5-6.30 pm. If your child is already attending the Monday group and you would like them to continue, please register them as soon as possible as the class is almost full. Thank you!

YEAR 5 & YEAR 6 (KS2)

Thanks for filling in the poll. Despite a general preference for Wednesday 4pm, some children would not be able to attend if we move it and so we preferred to ensure social continuity and keep this class to Tuesday 5-6.30pm. We will facilitate communication amongst parents to potentially organise pick-ups and playdates for the children before the class (until 5pm). Children that will be in Year 4 in September but that are currently attending the Tuesday group are invited to join this class. Please, get in touch if you have any questions.

YEAR 7 to YEAR 9 (SECONDARY)

Finally, we opened the enrolments for children that will be in secondary school in September. The course will run on Thursdays 5-6.30pm. Should we not reach the numbers as per Ministery guidelines, we will arrange small study groups and day/time may change based on the single children's availability. If you have already enrolled your little one and would like to benefit from the siblings discount but the registration system doesn't recognise the previous enrolment, please get in touch with Francesca at SIAL (corsi-italiano@sial.courses).

 

 

Evening classes for partners and parents of Italian speakers

Thanks to the many who registered their interest in starting their Italian learning journey. We are pleased to open the registrations for a new beginners' class on Tuesdays 7-8.30pm. The course is on a school-term basis from 13th September to 13th December and the fee will be £240/term (1.5 hours for 13 weeks). Please, use this form to enrol and you will receive an invoice with the details to pay by bank transfer as soon as we reach the minimum number. And don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!

 

Italian playgroups for babies and toddlers

 

We acknowledge that the provision of playgroups has been inconsistent this year and we would like to apologise for this. We are delighted to confirm that the playgroup will be back in September with our very own Elena Nicolai. Sessions will run every Tuesday 2-3pm for a fee of £55/mid-term (5 sessions). Please, register your child through Talia e la Valigia delle Idee's website here.

 

Private lessons and home sessions

 

Private lessons are available to students of all ages

  • ADULTS Should a tailored 1to1 course be your preference, our teachers can help you with private classes at your place or online. You can benefit from a free assessment session and in case your level of proficiency and needs match the ones of an existing student, you may be offered to pair up for 2to1 classes to maximise learning success and minimise the costs :) Individual classes start from £32/h and you can benefit from a discount if you book a 10 lessons block (£300 in total). Should it be possible to arrange them and you opt for 2to1 classes, the cost will be £35/h to split between the two students.

  • TEENAGERS If your child decided to take the Italian GCSE, our dedicated teachers can support them in the preparation for the exam with tailored programmes. The number of sessions will be determined after the assessment and it can go from 10 hours distributed throughout the school year (September to May/June) to weekly classes should that be necessary. Prices start from £30/h and lessons can be held in person or online.  

  • CHILDREN We would discourage private sessions for primary school children for many reasons, however, if it is not possible to accommodate your requests and your child is an Ambarabà student, we will try to pair them up for 2to1 classes based on age, proficiency and learning program already covered. On some occasions, we agreed on running home sessions with groups of max 5 children. Home sessions were revealed to be a great initiative, with parents bonding around the activity and fully embracing the community spirit we promote at Ambarabà. However, this has a logistic cost and the activity is under review for the next school year. The cost for home sessions ranges between £35 and £50 based on time (up to 1,5hrs) and the number of students.

March 2022

Italian after-school clubs for heritage speakers

For the school year 2022/2023, we aim to offer after-school clubs for Italian speaking children from Reception class to Year 6 as usual. Due to changes in the guidelines from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the classes for the little ones (Reception and KS1) will be one hour long, while classes for KS2 children will remain one and a half hours. We expect to run all our clubs at the Balham site on Mondays and Tuesdays with the following timetable:

  • MON 4-5 Year 1 & Year 2

  • MON 5-6.30 Year 3 & Year 4

  • TUE 4-5 Reception & Year 1 (newcomers)

  • TUE 5-6.30 Year 5 & Year 6

 

Registrations will open in the summer term and if you enrol your child between April and June, the courses will be the same price as this year (£250 for 33 weeks). Afterwards, enrolments may incur an increased charge. Please, rest reassured that SIAL courses and Ambarabà are working towards ensuring that costs remain affordable.

 

Days and times are subject to changes should the registered children benefit from different arrangements and we reserve the right to re-organise the groups based on age, language proficiency and years of attendance to ensure a higher level of homogeneity. We would hope to have a better picture of the enrolments before the end of this school year to be able to confirm days and times during the summer. For this reason, I would highly encourage you to register your child soon enough for us to organise groups and best support your kids. In case the proposed arrangements should not suit you, you will be able to ask for a refund. 

 

 

 

Evening classes for partners and parents of Italian speakers

Thanks to the many who registered their interest in starting the Italian learning journey. Unfortunately, we won't be able to start a new beginners' class until September. We are planning to offer evening classes in person at our Balham site or online, should the majority of students prefer so. Classes will run on Monday and/or Tuesday evenings from 7 pm to 8.30 pm and will run for 30 weeks from September to June, in line with the school calendar. Price will range between £400 and £550 for the whole year based on the number of students and selected format. We would encourage you to reply to this email with an expression of interest if you are a partner/parent of an Italian speaker and feel it is time to start your language learning journey :)

 

 

 

Italian playgroups for babies and toddlers

We acknowledge that the provision of playgroups has been inconsistent this year and we would like to apologise for this. Unfortunately, we were unable to find suitable candidates for the class leader role that would be available on Saturday morning. We tried to promote a group on a weekday afternoon but the interest has been low and so decided to put this activity on hold, hoping to find the right person for the next school year. Should this go ahead, sessions will be held at our Balham site on Saturday mornings starting from September. 

 

 

 

Private lessons and home sessions

Private lessons are available to students of all ages

  • ADULTS Should a tailored 1to1 course be your preference, our teachers can help you with private classes at your place or online. You can benefit from a free assessment session and in case your level of proficiency and needs match the ones of an existing student, you may be offered to pair up for 2to1 classes to maximise learning success and minimise the costs :) Individual classes start from £32/h and you can benefit from a discount if you book a 10 lessons block (£300 in total). Should it be possible to arrange them and you opt for 2to1 classes, the cost will be £35/h to split between the two students.

  • TEENAGERS If your child decided to take the Italian GCSE, our dedicated teachers can support them in the preparation for the exam with tailored programmes. The number of sessions will be determined after the assessment and it can go from 10 hours distributed throughout the school year (September to May/June) to weekly classes should that be necessary. Prices start from £30/h and lessons can be held in person or online.  

  • CHILDREN We would discourage private sessions for primary school children for many reasons, however, if it is not possible to accommodate your requests and your child is an Ambarabà student, we will try to pair them up for 2to1 classes based on age, proficiency and learning program already covered. On some occasions, we agreed on running home sessions with groups of max 5 children. Home sessions were revealed to be a great initiative, with parents bonding around the activity and fully embracing the community spirit we promote at Ambarabà. However, this has a logistic cost and the activity is under review for the next school year. The cost for home sessions ranges between £35 and £50 based on time (up to 1,5hrs) and the number of students.