Sunday, March 22, 2020

Dante Auckland COVID-19 UPDATE: Cancellations of Italian Classes

Bambini: la scuola Dante è chiusa, per compito state a casa e disegnate tanti arcobaleni, come quello che avete fatto alla Dante con gli insegnanti. Un abbraccio virtuale a tutti! 😊
Children: the Dante school is closed, for homework stay at home and draw many rainbows, like the one you did at the Dante with the teachers. A virtual hug to all! 😊


Dear Students and friends

Due to Council restrictions on the use of public facilities, and the increasing spread of Covid-19 in Auckland and New Zealand, from this week until further notice there will be no more classes in Freemans Bay Community Centre. Online lessons will be available for adult classes only from next week.

All children’s classes, colazione and other events are also cancelled until further notice. 

Adult classes: your teachers will contact each class as a group to organise online lessons, in line with the other Dante Schools around the world.

Please keep safe and await your instructions from your teacher or Dante staff member. 

We are taking these measures in line with government recommendations, and will work with you to keep the activities and spirit of the Dante going through these challenging times. 

Un abbraccio virtuale a tutti,

The Dante Team

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update from Dante Auckland School



Cari Studenti
Due to the progression of Coronavirus in New Zealand, the Dante School is taking further steps to minimise exposure to COVID-19 within our school environment. Therefore, we are asking all of you to follow these simple measures to ensure that we stay safe and healthy during this difficult time. These measures are necessary to minimise the risk of coronavirus in the school and your co-operation is highly appreciated. We want to ensure that classes continue as long as it is possible for us to do so. 



  • please do not attend class if you
    • feel unwell, especially if you have a cough or a temperature 
    • have been in been in contact with anyone who has Coronavirus
    • have returned to New Zealand from another country within the last 14 days
  • please advise us straight away if
    • you develop any cold or flu-like symptoms following class
  • during class
    • before class wash your hands using soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds
    • sit at least 1m or more away from other students, we've rearranged our table and seating layout to enable this
    • do not share pens/pencils or other objects during class
    • use hand sanitizers as often as required
    • we also encourage you to bring your own coffee cups/water bottles
We will keep assessing the situation daily/weekly and follow the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health. We will keep you informed if further developments occur.

Let us cooperate and keep each other safe and healthy.

The Dante Team




Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Coronavirus, message from the Dante Auckland

Dear Dante Members and Students,

As you know the Coronavirus (COVID-19 novel coronavirus) has badly affected much of the world, and has hit Italy hard. 

While it’s early days for New Zealand, the Dante is taking steps to minimise the potential spread of the virus here.

We’re closely following the advice put out by the Ministry of Health, which you can find, alway updated, here.  This is the first place that you should check, especially if you plan to travel or arrive from overseas, or if you are not feeling well (the National Telehealth freephone service is also available 24/7 on 0800 358 5453).

None of our teachers and other staff have been to Italy or overseas recently, nor any of our students, as far as we are aware. We are also avoiding any contact with recent arrivals, who have been told to self-isolate. 

If you are not feeling well or are unsure about those with whom you may have been in contact , please don’t visit the Dante rooms or attend classes, events and other activities that are held at our location (Freemans Bay Community Centre) or elsewhere (for example at the University of Auckland).

Thank you for your cooperation,

Kind Regards,

The Dante Team



Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland
Freemans Bay Community Centre
52 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland
PO Box 91637 Victoria St West, Auckland 1142
Tel: 09 376 3853,

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Dante Auckland AGM 2020, President's Report

Dante Auckland Committee, from left: Stefania Perrotta, Sir John Kirwan, Matteo Telara, Flavia Berucci, Fiorella Tomasi Lady Kirwan, Cav. Sandra Fresia, Cav. Alessandra Zecchini, Jackie Shearman, Valeria Santillo. Missing: Luca Manghi and Kelly McKinnon)

Cari amici e soci Dante Auckland,

Welcome to our 2020 AGM. It is a joy to see you all here today.

As always, I would like to start my President's report by acknowledging my colleagues from the Dante committee, who are truly dedicated to our Society and run it with passion and love. Secondly, I would like to thank all our members who support us every year, attend our events (and often volunteer with enthusiasm and great energy), and generally help us spread Italian culture and lifestyle in New Zealand. Thank you also to all our language students for having chosen our school to learn Italian.

2019 was another busy year for the Dante, rich with events like the wonderful musical Aggiungi un Posto a Tavola, directed by Matteo Telara and Luca Manghi, which featured professional singers as well as our own Dante students. The Dante in Rome generously contributed toward the cost of this production. 

We also had another successful Italian Festival Season full of events and celebrations of everything Italian, which ended with a truly epic Festival Italiano, the biggest and best to date. Thank you again to our three major sponsors who made the Festival possible: the Waitematā Local Board, Peroni, and Newmarket Business Association, and supporting sponsors Ghella, the Italian Tourist Board of Australia and New Zealand, Aperol NZ, and the Italian Embassy. To be acknowledged also are the dozens of other sponsors, big and small, old and new, and the many volunteers and staff who worked with Festival Director Alessandra Zecchini. 

We finished the year with our yearly Mercatino di Natale, which is now a well-established event, and started 2020 with another successful Intensive language course, led by Sandra Fresia. 

Other events during the year included book presentations, our monthly colazione, free concerts, lectures and movie screenings run in collaboration with other organisations, including the Italian Embassy and the University of Auckland. All of these activities are advertised, and reviewed afterward, in our monthly newsletter, curated by Stefania Perrotta, and through our social media accounts, which are steadily growing in followers and popularity.
  
Due to work and travel commitments last year I couldn't participate in many of these events, so I would like to thank my Vice President, Flavia Berucci, for stepping in to fill my shoes when needed. I hear that she has now become very good at public speeches!

To sum it up 2019 has been a good year for activities and, as our treasurer Valeria Santillo will confirm shortly in the Treasurer’s Report, also financially: we had an increase in our membership numbers and we were able to offer more language classes.

With this thought the committee has decided not to increase the membership fees for yet another year, so that everyone can easily afford to belong to the Dante Society and enjoy a taste of Italy here in New Zealand. 

I would like to conclude my report with a thought for those who are suffering because of the Coronavirus. Although at present we are safe in New Zealand with only one case reported so far, many of us are worried about family and friends, may not be able to travel as planned, and may also be starting to feel the ripples of the economic effects from the lockdowns in Italy. We hope for the outbreak, back at home and elsewhere in the world, to be contained as soon as possible, and for those who are sick to get better soon.  


Sir John Kirwan
KNZM MBE           
President
Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland