My family and I are originally from Slovenia. While living in
Australia, my family and I try to maintain our culture as much as possible with a goal of mine to return to Slovenia one day and hopefully attend University
there. When I commenced my studies in Year 10 I realised, that in order to get offered a place in a
Slovenian University, my ability to read, write and speak my mother
tongue would need to improve. With the assitance of my family we explored the option of
doing my families mother tongue as a subject at QACI. With the help and flexibility of
the school, teachers and technology I was able to undertake my School Supported Self Taught (SSST) Slovenian Literature programme. We
searched for a tutor in Slovenia who had IB knowledge to undertake the
task. I found a really lovely IB Slovenian Literature teacher. She
worked with the teachers at QACI to make my dreams a reality.
forward to May 2018. After a lot of hard work, I completed my final
exams. I am so proud to have exceeded my expectations, and I achieved a
wonderful result; one which will allow me to attend University in
Slovenia if I wish.
There are other bonuses to studying
my mother tongue. The Slovenian Consul in Queensland, Nevenka
Golc-Clarke, invited me to speak at a conference at the University of
Queensland on the 28th of September. The conference was held by the SAAA
(Slovenian Australian Academics Association). I was honoured to take
part in this and proudly shared my experiences of being able to maintain
my culture. The topic I spoke on was: ‘I feel Slovenian… in Australia’.
At the conference I shared my journey and how I completed my Slovenian
Literature A SSST course at QACI. I am very passionate and proud of my
multicultural background. I hope to inspire others to embrace their
mother tongue and be proud of their heritage.
Reflection provided by Julija Cvetkovic