The loss of the only Vietnamese bilingual program

The decision to terminate the program was made in April this year in a closed meeting, when the new administration was barely one school-term into its role. It was also the start of COVID-19 lockdown, when parents and community members were struggling to adapt to the pandemic

If a second Italian bilingual school is to be established, why should it come at the expense of the only Vietnamese bilingual program, located at the heart of the Vietnamese community in Victoria?

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Video clip

The Vietnam language war

a video clip report of Tiana Barrese form Victoria Uni. The Vietnamese language war at Footscray primary school

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Students requests

Our children have a big effort to speak, they really love their Vietnamese teachers and class

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Students requests

students at Footscray primary school (FPS) speak to principal and minister, request to save Vietnamese bilingual program

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Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Best Practices

Webinar with Dr: Shannon a principal of a elementary school in California offering Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion adn Dr. Natalie Tran, Professor and director of National resource centre for Asian language of USA

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ABC radio interview

A interview on ABC radio drive 774.

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SBS interview Ms Chau Cong, the former teacher at FPS

Ms Châu Công was a coordinator of the Vietnamese bilingual program at FPS. She shared how Viet teachers was up sad and left the school and hidden reasons of un-transparency decision

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SBS interview Tony a parent at school

The interview mr Tony, a FPS Parent . Tony will talk about what is happening with Vietnamese Bilingual program at FPS

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the Hon. Bernie Finn speech

the Hon. Bernie Finn has a speech at Victoria Parliament about Vietnamese bilingual program at footscray primary school

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Testimonial

My experience with being a student at Footscray Primary School (1997 – 2003) has meant that I have had the unique opportunity to not only maintain my mother tongue, but witness my non-Vietnamese peers be exposed to a rich and beautiful language. Everyday....

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I truly feel for the local Footscray community where Vietnamese is an immediately relevant language, not only in many of the households but all through the retail precinct and community, allowing for a wonderful immersion program and the learning benefits...

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I support the Vietnamese bilingual program because I strongly believe that we need to fight for schools on Maribyrnong that are built on cultural diversity, communication and exchange. I want to see our local schools modelled on bringing families from dif...

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In Maribyrnong, Vietnamese continues to be the language most spoken at home other than English. Replacing Vietnamese with Italian, a European language, is not the way to go even if, as the school argues, an Italian program is easier to resource. It would....

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