The Latin American School of the Inner West (formally the Dulwich Hill Spanish School) was established prior to 1996 and it was located at Dulwich Hill Primary School. Dr Criss Jones Díaz and Ramon Díaz Gomez became involved in the School when their oldest son commenced Kindergarten in 1996. Both their children were students from Kindergarten to Year 6. From 1996, in collaboration with Helen Tsaltis, the then Treasurer we incorporated the School with the NSW Department of Fair Trading. In 2002, the name of the School was changed to Escuela Latinoamericana Central Oeste (Latin American School of the Inner West) Inc. and our Constitution was amended to reflect this change. In 2002, we moved from Dulwich Hill Primary School to Ashfield Primary School where we are located today.
Almost 20 years later, our School has continued to exist as a not-for-profit, volunteer organisation whose management committee members (mostly parents) contribute their own time to sustain the viability of the School. In accordance with the Constitution and the Associations Incorporation Act 1984, we hold Annual General Meetings. At this meeting new or existing Office Bearers or Committee Members are elected to the Management Committee.
Spanish language teachers are employed to teach our children every Tuesday between 3.45pm and 5.45pm of the four school terms with an afternoon tea break included. Children are required to bring a snack, drink, exercise book and pencils to their weekly class.
We are a vibrant and viable community language school, which employs teachers who teach across three classes – Beginner; Intermediate and Advanced. Students are placed in a class based on their ability. Parents are also encouraged to assist in our classrooms.
Our School adopts contemporary approaches to communicative language teaching and learning in the retention and development of Latin American Spanish for children from Kindergarten to Year 6. Our School follows the NSW Board of Studies K – 10 Spanish Syllabus and in collaboration with the principal, teachers, parents and the management committee, it is adapted and updated to suit student’s interests and experiences to implement effective communicative language teaching practices. We follow the NSW Department of Education and Communities’ School Terms and School Holidays.
The school is managed by a volunteer management committee made up of office-bearers elected at the Annual General Meeting. These office bearers include the president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and committee members, who together form the school’s management committee. We encourage participation and feedback from our parents/carers and students at all times. We receive support in the form of an annual Per Capital grant based on our enrolments from the Community Language School’s Program of the NSW Department of Education.
Gloria – Teacher
Born in Chile, Gloria is a qualified childhood teacher and works in a full time capacity as an educator in Sydney. She has recently completed her Diploma in Language Teaching through the University of Sydney with a High Distinction. Currently, she teaches the Year 3-6 class. Her enthusiasm for teaching Spanish is a valuable asset to the school.
Javiera – Teacher
Vanesa – Teacher
Vanesa is originally from Venezuela but she has lived for many years in Spain and she has close cultural connections to both countries. She is a qualified Spanish teacher with a Master of Spanish Teaching as a Foreign Language from the University of Alcalá de Henares – Spain. Vanesa has delivered classes in various language institutes in Madrid and Sydney and she has had the pleasure of teaching students from several countries of the world, at various levels and with diverse needs and/or motivations. Currently, she teaches the Year 1-2 class at our School.
Carolina – Volunteer
Carolina is originally from northern Spain and supports the school as a support teacher on a voluntary basis across the different classrooms. She is a patient and positive person passionate about teaching. She is certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and is currently studying the Community Language Teaching program at the University of Sydney.
Kristina – Volunteer and Committee Member
Kristina is a parent and an active volunteer assisting in the K – 2 classroom. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and a great language model for the children. Her participation in the classroom as a volunteer is an invaluable contribution. Kristina is also a committee member and manages the school’s social media accounts and maintains the student database.
Criss – Principal and Treasurer
Senior Lecturer: Diversity Studies and Languages Education. School of Education Western Sydney University. Criss is one of the co-founders of the school. As an academic with expertise in languages education, she brings this knowledge to our school.
Ramon – President
Ramon is also a co-founder of the school and ex-parent. He has been an active and long standing volunteer in every aspect of the day to day running of the organisation. Born in the Dominican Repulic he brings to the school a wealth of music, art and innovation which is incorporated into the classroom activities.
Suzy – Vice-president
Suzy has been an active committee member for the past six years. Through her involvement with the school she continues to be a vital member of the school even though her child has graduated. She is currently undertaking her Bachelor’s Degree majoring in linguistic and history and works in the financial sector.
Simon – Committee Member
Simon is a parent and manages the website for the school. He runs a business which operates online communities and has extensive experience in software development and website management.