What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…

– Unknown


My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.

– Jim Valvano

The greatest thing a FATHER can do to his children, is to love their mother.

– Anjaneth Garcia Untalan


I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.

– Sigmund Freud

La Prima Cosa Bella * A feel good movie for all ages: Tuesday morning 3rd of September.

Please join us on Tuesday September 3rd at the ISC for a 10:00 o’clock showing of our Movie Matinee.


La Prima Cosa Bella (The First Beautiful Thing) follows a strong and optimistic mother raising her two children against all odds. Throughout grief and pain she teaches her family to remain open and loving and to cherish the little joys in life. This beautiful and touching comedic drama from acclaimed Italian director Paolo Virzì (La Bella Vita) is filled with unforgettable and emotional true-to-life performances.


The ISC helps Sunshine Coast resident to find her lost Sister in Law.

Signora Gatto  is a regular visitor to the ISC offices in Minyama Queensland, Australia.  ” She comes at least once a month to get her late Italian husband pension” says Director Gabriella Matacchioni. ” She is a lovely lady and finds the services of ITAL UIL  quite handy.”  The agency is an expert in the field of locating and disbursing pensions for our Italian elders and their spouses and they are at our offices at least once a month.  “Some of our elders cannot travel the distance from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane, so they really appreciate the service.” reflects Mrs. Matacchioni.

“Last time Rosemary Gatto came to our offices, she seemed rather preoccupied” continues Ms. Matacchioni, -she had not heard from her beloved sister in law Maria Alberelli, in quite a long time, many years for that matter, and since Maria is  95 years old  living on her own in the beautiful seaside resort of San Remo in Liguria, famous among other things for the San Remo Music festival, she was worried that something dreadful had happened to her and no one knew about it. Continue reading “The ISC helps Sunshine Coast resident to find her lost Sister in Law.” »


Buon Ferragosto to every one!  Oggi,  the 15th of  August even in the middle of an Australian winter,  it seems like the sky and the sun are screaming Happy Ferragosto…

Ferragosto, or Assumption Day, is an Italian national holiday celebrated on August 15. Many businesses and shops in Italy are closed on August 15 although on the coast and near major tourist sites shops are more likely to be some open. Most museums and tourist sites are open on August 15.  Continue reading “BUON FERRAGOSTO FROM THE ISC” »


Celebrate the dangerous delights of forbidden love,  join us this Friday for a very special showing of a beautiful love story: Dangerous Beauty.

Come a little early and enjoy food and drinks, the movie stats at 7:00 P.M.


Marshall Herskovitz directed this look at life in 16th-century Venice, based on Margaret Rosenthal’s 1994 book The Honest Courtesan. Positioned outside of the Venetian court, Veronica Franco (Catherine McCormack) hopes to rise above her station, but her interest in nobleman’s son Marco Venier (Rufus Sewell) is blocked since his parents forbid their marriage. Following the path taken by her mother, Paola (Jacqueline Bisset), Veronica becomes a courtesan, finding this gives her a niche in the male-dominated society. When Vatican emissaries accuse her of witchcraft, she lashes back, using the trial as a feminist forum to expose the hypocrisies of the period. Beautifully filmed in Venice and Rome this movie is sure to make you feel a little more passionate about life.


Travelers Italian Classes

Learn Italian before your next trip to La “Bella Italia”.




Wednesday 14th August 2013

6pm to 7.30pm

Italian School Committee Inc.

Intercultural Community Development Centre (ICDC)

A not for profit community organisation

  • Travellers Classes

  • Day Classes 9 am to 10:30am

  • Evening Classes 6:00pm7:30pm 

  • Great for travelers and people wishing to learn to converse with friends. Cost is $180 for 6 weeks.

  • Call in, phone, email or visit our website

  • Phone:  5444 3122

  • Unit 9, 68 Jessica Boulevard MINYAMA

  • email us at: isc@thinkingitalian.net

  • www.italianschoolcommittee.com/blog

Movie Matinee at the ISC: Tuesday 6th of August: COLPI DI FULMINE

Join us for the showing of the new Comedy Film direct from Italy:  COLPI DI FULMINE, on Tuesday  August 6th. This one is one of the best comedy movies to come out of Italy in a long while. Love is the main theme of the film. As every one knows Love can lead to a lot of funny business and this movie showcases enough to keep you laughing throughout.  Come a little early to enjoy complimentary coffee and biscuits.



Un film che affronta in chiave di commedia il tema dell’amore a prima vista. Nella prima parte uno psichiatra finisce per errore nel mirino del fisco. Temendo di finire in galera prima di riuscire a chiarire la sua posizione, si traveste da prete e si rifugia in un paesino del Trentino, dove si spaccia per il nuovo parroco della piccola comunità. Benché digiuno di pratiche religiose, grazie alla sua esperienza professionale riesce a entrare in sintonia con i parrocchiani. La situazione si complica quando si innamora a prima vista di una bellissima donna. Per entrambi è un amore inconfessabile: per lei perché lo crede un vero prete, per lui perché sa di essere un finto prete. Da qui una serie di comiche situazioni che ci condurranno ad un finale a sorpresa. La seconda parte del film si svolge a roma ed ha per protagonista l’ambasciatore italiano presso la santa sede. Il diplomatico, come vuole il suo ruolo, è forbito nell’eloquio e impeccabile nei modi. Ma, per la legge del contrappasso, perde la testa per una pescivendola che parla solo in romanesco e ha i modi grossolani di una popolana verace. la donna detesta i formalismi e così, per poter scendere alla sua altezza, l’ambasciatore, con l’aiuto del proprio autista, decide di trasformarsi in un vero coatto. La messa in scena corre sempre sul filo del rasoio. L’ambasciatore e il suo autista dovranno fare i salti mortali per risolvere quella situazione impossibile…



Come and celebrate Christmas in July,  join us this Friday for a special showing of the very funny comedy:  IL PEGGIOR NATALIE DELLA MIA VITA.

Come a little early and enjoy food and drinks, the movie stats at 7:00 P.M.

Il peggior Natale della mia vita è un film del 2012 diretto da Alessandro Genovesi e interpretato, tra gli altri, da Fabio De Luigi, Diego Abatantuono, Cristiana Capotondi e Laura Chiatti. Girato a Gressoney,presso il Castel Savoia è il sequel de La peggior settimana della mia vita.

Come to the I.S.C. and spend an evening with us.



Italian Minister Cecile Kyenge and the dark side of Italian politics.

When Cecile Kyenge agreed to become a minister in Italy’s latest government she was well aware that she would have to break new and difficult ground.

Not only was she taking on the controversial immigration brief, she was also about to become Italy’s first black minister.

Not that Italians as a people are overtly racist, however the last wave of immigration especially from African nations on to the shores of Italy in the last decade especially,  has created some controversy with regards to the legislature that is currently in place to regulate the immigration influx into a country on the verge of economic implosion. Continue reading “Italian Minister Cecile Kyenge and the dark side of Italian politics.” »

‘Italians on the run’ seek Aussie shelter

Highly educated ‘Italians on the run’ are joining their European Union  counterparts from Greece and Ireland as the latest wave of immigrants  seeking economic shelter in Australia, government figures show.

The number of Italians coming to Australia as temporary residents between 2006 and 2013 increased by more than 86 per cent, Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship figures show.

For the youth-targeted Working Holiday program, the growth was even more significant, rising by 119 per cent over the same five-year period.

Many of the young Italians moving to Australia are trying to escape the saturated job market and low wages stemming from the nation’s financial woes.

Concetta Perna, president of the Association of Italo-Australian Women, recently held a conference on the new “wave” of Italians coming to Australia.

She said many young Italian graduates were migrating to Australia to obtain better wages than Italy’s average 1000 euros per month, with many taking labouring and hospitality jobs.

“Most of them hold bachelor and master degrees, some of them even PhDs, but they all start working as waiters or labourers when they arrive in Australia,” Ms Perna said.

“They feel free from Italy’s social judgement – they don’t feel embarrassed when they work as waiters or builders, they feel they have to do everything they can to survive in a foreign country.”

Sinking wages and uncertainty in Italy made the trouble of emigrating and taking lower-skilled jobs worthwhile, Ms Perna said.

“[Italy] is a country that deprives young people of their own future,” she said.

“There are about 1500 new Italians in Sydney at this stage, we estimate the same in Melbourne.”


‘More opportunities, more respect’

Filippo Grando, a 24-year-old filmmaker from Rome said he had found more opportunities and “much more respect” as a worker in Sydney than in his home country.

While resettling in Australia could be very expensive, Mr Grando said he would take that risk.

“I’m definitely willing to pay thousands of dollars to stay here, more than going to another country and start back all over again, or to go back to Italy and just get buried…because that’s what happens.” Project manager Davide Giuliani, 30, who moved to Sydney from Buccinasco near Milan, said he did not want to return to Italy, despite the high cost and difficulty of the move.

“[It’s] pretty difficult to remember, how much money I spent…I would say about $15,000 dollars, roughly. Between visas, university and courses, and all this crap you have to go through,” he said.

But employment opportunities aren’t everything – like many immigrants, sales executive Martina Cesano found the most difficult part of the move was farewelling family and friends.

“It’s been the hardest thing to do in my life,” Ms Cesano said. “I couldn’t sleep for two weeks probably because I was thinking am I doing the right thing?”


‘Everyone wishes to migrate to Australia’

Melbourne-based author Aldo Mencaraglia publishes a blog called “Italians In Fuga” – literally “Italians on the run” – which provides helpful information for Italians trying to resettle abroad.

Mr Mencaraglia, who started his blog in 2008, said the number of enquiries about how to migrate to Australia had soared in past months as Italy deployed a series of strict financial measures to avoid defaulting on its debt obligations.

“There’s a wide variety of Italians, basically everyone is dreaming to [sic] come to Australia, everyone wishes to migrate to Australia,” he said. “Only a portion of them is able to do so”.

The Italian financial crisis had jeopardised job opportunities for young professionals and Australia was still seen as “the lucky country”, especially by those eligible to apply for a working holiday visa, Mr Mencaraglia said.

“I’ve also analysed a few statistics from the department of immigration on the number of Italians using the working holiday visa as a way to visit Australia,” he said.

“Italy is one of the few countries from Western Europe which has seen an increase in the number of people coming to Australia with a working holiday visa”.

Mr Mencaraglia said despite facing stricter rules than previous generations of Italians looking to work in Australia, he expected an increasing number of professionals to leave Italy and seek their fortune Down Under.

The Italian government is yet to release official data on how many young graduates have left the country to work abroad, but a study released by financial newspaper Il Sole 24Ore claims about 60,000 Italians are leaving the country every year, with about 70 per cent holding a bachelor degree.

The study suggests the emigration figure could be even greater, given that only half of Italians living abroad declare their new address to the official registry.

Il Sole 24Ore estimates this brain-drain is costing Italy billion of euros, given it invests an average of US$130,000 to educate its citizens from primary school to graduation.

Government Tries Again to Abolish Provinces

ROME July 5, 2013 – Today’s cabinet approval of the constitutional bill is only the first step in yet another attempt to abolish provincial authorities. The brief text will be discussed this morning and at the end of the meeting, the minister for relations with Parliament, Dario Franceschini, will announce a proposal that restricts itself to removing all references to provincial authorities in the constitution. In the firing line is article 114, which lays down that Italy comprises – from the bottom up – municipalities, provinces, metropolitan cities, regions and the state. However, the actual reform will arrive in ten days in the form of an ordinary bill. Before it endorses the bill, the government is waiting to read the constitutional court ruling that rejected the route chosen by the Monti executive so that it can avoid any more “accidents”. But the text is ready, although there could be a few additions to comply with the court’s observations. So what does the reform say? Continue reading “Government Tries Again to Abolish Provinces” »

La Cucina dei Monsu’. Involtini di Pesce Spada alla Siciliana.

Sicilian cooking is hailed throughout Italy as one of the best in our Bel Paese.

It evolved over 25 centuries of foreign occupation and influence. The secret of Sicilian excellent cuisine lies on the island’s climate, its fertile volcanic soil and history. Due to the warm weather, vegetables grow much better and are fresher and juicier, than other countries. Continue reading “La Cucina dei Monsu’. Involtini di Pesce Spada alla Siciliana.” »

Italian Classes 3rd Term to start on Monday 15th of July.


The ISC is renowned around the Sunshine Coast for offering the most comprehensive and practical way to learn Italian.  The evening classes,  are especially tailored for individuals that want to speak Italian in the shortest time possible, The partial immersion courses have been designed by Instructor Nick Scalisi to give you a blue print to learn Italian by applying this new method of learning to everyday life. Continue reading “Italian Classes 3rd Term to start on Monday 15th of July.” »

MEDITERRANEO: Movie Night 28th of June

Please join us for a special screening of the 1990 Oscar winning movie Mediterraneo on June 28th at 7:00 P.M. Come a little earlier and enjoy a complementary glass of wine and appetizers.


Original Cinema Quad Poster - Movie Film Posters

Greek Sea, World War II.  An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers in a little island; their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the island seems abandoned and there isn’t a single enemy in sight, so the soldiers begin to relax a little. Things change when their ship is hit and destroyed by the enemy, and the soldiers find themselves abandoned there. Actually, the island isn’t deserted and when the Greeks understand that those Italians are harmless, they came out of their hiding places in the mountains and continue their peaceful lives. Soon the soldiers discover that being left behind in a God-forgotten Greek island isn’t such a bad thing, after all.