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The Liceo Vittorio Emanuele II, the most ancient liceo in Palermo and Sicily, was founded in 1549 by the Jesuits as Collegio degli Studi, a boarding school; its first rector was the French theologian, P. Nicolò Lanojo and it was first housed in some buildings belonging to Don Sigismondo Platamone, near the churches of the Madonna della Misericordia and Saint Francis of Assisi. In 1586 the Jesuits decided to move the College to some houses they had bought on the Cassaro (today’s Corso Vittorio Emanuele), close to the Cathedral. This new school which was opened on 15 August 1588, is where the annex of the liceo is still located.
In 1860, after the expulsion of the Bourbons, the Society of Jesus was dissolved and its estates were “aggregated to the Property of the State”. On 29 October 1860, the government granted legality to the Liceo that had eight classes, the first five of which made up the inferior section and the remaining three were the higher. It was meant for the education of young people living in Palermo and on the island and was inaugurated on 20 January 1861; later on, with a royal decree dated 4 March 1865, its name was changed from the National Liceo of Palermo to the present-day Liceo Vittorio Emanuele II.
The school can boast of having had, among its teachers, several eminent figures, famous in the fields of science, research and humanities, such as Rosario Gregorio, Domenico Scinà, Venanzio Marvuglia, Giuseppe Piazzi, Giovanni Meli, Giuseppe Pitrè, Camillo Finocchiaro Aprile, Emanuele Armaforte, Mario Orso Corbino, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando. Moreover, Padre Pino Puglisi taught in our Liceo for fifteen years and left behind to all those who met him at school, a vivid memory and an authentic testimony of the Christian spirit and commitment he devoted to the community.
The school’s main building is right in the heart of Palermo, next to the Cathedral. The annex is another historical building, not far from the other, which today houses the Library of Regione Sicilia in Palermo.
The five year curriculum is based mostly on the study of humanities. Besides Italian, the main subjects are ancient Greek and Latin language and literature, History and Philosophy. English, History of Art, Maths, Chemistry and Biology and Physical education are also compulsory. English is compulsory for five years.
Students can take UCLES (PET/First Certificate) and Trinity exams. Other foreign languages can also be studied in afternoon classes. Last year there were courses in Spanish and Chinese. French can be chosen as an extra-curricular activity. Computer science has been introduced in the early classes.
Our Liceo has these structures and:
Projects within the school
(run by the school staff together with external experts)
In 2003 our school was awarded the EU Label Prize for language development and promotion and creativity, shown in the organization of the Comenius 1 school project entitled “Towards a European Standard of Living: Human Rights.
In 2006 our school was awarded the EU Label Prize for the project called Languages 2006 and Beyond It included besides many initiatives regarding foreign languages, two PON Projects for the development of competence in English:
Between 2006 and 2009 the school participated in a Comenius 3 network which focuses on innovation in language teaching and in particular the members worked on stress reduction techniques and the use of interactive whiteboards.
"Making Europe Your Community" The Comenius 1 project the school coordinated from 2004-2007 included partners from Holland, Austria, Germany, and Hungary. The final big meeting with foreign students and teachers was held in Palermo in March 17-24 2007.
"LTE" Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages Efficiently on the basis of innovative methods and ICT.
This year (2009) our Liceo has been involved in a project of cultural cooperation between Italy and Jordan.
Twinning Project between Italian and Jordanian Schools
The project of cultural cooperation between Italy and Jordan originates from the declaration of intent signed on 6 September 2007 in Amman by the Minister of Education, Giuseppe Fioroni and his Jordanian colleague, Khaled Toukan, and provides for a joint programme of pedagogy of the cultural patrimony in order to enhance the wealth of the cultural and historical patrimony of the two countries, by strengthening twinnings between Italian and Jordanian schools.
Our Liceo has been involved with four other Italian state secondary schools in this project. Two of its English teachers, Ignazia Lo Coco and Amelia Fazio, had the chance to meet representatives from five Jordanian schools in Rome at the Ministry in December 2008. In that occasion, together with a colleague from Oman Mabad Secondary School for Girls – Marka- Amman, they drew up a three year e-twinning project called Two Faces of the Same Coin with. The project is aimed at a group of 15-20 students aged 14-15 in both schools. In our school, activities will start on 1 February 2009 within the class involved, i.e. 2a C/L.
The main objective is to lay the foundations of a good lasting relationship between the two schools based on acquiring awareness and knowledge of each country’s cultural heritage and traditions. The project aims at building up understanding of each other’s culture, so as to overcome stereotypes and misunderstandings, as well as encouraging communication in English and through the use of ICT.
The contents have been indicated year by year and range from initial personal introductions of the students to information about school, the family and free time activities, and from traditional festivities and celebrations and cooking, to a careful analysis of the territory and the environment with a particular attention to the monuments and the archeological sites.
Members will comunicate by email at regular fixed dates at the end students will create final multimedial products.
International school projects