Portuguese language school to resume classes this month – The Royal Gazette

Updated: October 12, 2021 07:56

A Portuguese language school for children has recruited a new teacher.

The Portuguese Cultural Association of Bermuda said Lidia Silvia, who taught the language in Bermuda for a year from her home in London via Zoom, would move to the island.

Richard Ambrosio, president of the PCA, said: “She was very well received despite the delivery of instructions in these difficult times.”

The Vasco da Gama club, which houses a Portuguese language school for young people (file photo)

Mr Ambrosio said the Portuguese school had to suspend operations until the end of the last school year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and thanked the school’s former teacher, Veronica Franco, who worked on the island for a decade, for his service.

He added: “Most of our fundraisers for 2020 and 2021 had to be cancelled, depriving the PCA of critical revenue.

“The main ones were the Ag Show, Kappa Classic, Santo Cristo Festival, bake sales, fundraising dinners and football tournaments.”

Registration for the Portuguese school is open and there are still a few places available.

It is run as an after-school program for elementary students through all grades through 6th grade.

The school, located on the ground floor of the Vasco da Gama club on Hamilton’s Reid Street, costs $500 a year per student, but the PCA said parents could pay in four installments of $125 due to the economic impact of the pandemic.

Classes are due to start next Tuesday, initially via Zoom.

But the PCA said it hoped to return to class as soon as possible.

The PCA added that it was working on a language program for adults and enrollment should start soon after Ms Silva arrives on the island.

Ms. Silva has a degree in Romance Language and Literature, specializing in Portuguese and French, from the University of Madeira.

She then obtained a diploma in primary education at the University of the Azores.

To register for courses or for more information, send an e-mail to portugueseBDA.com.

Mr. Ambrosio added that the PCA was a charitable organization and depended on public support to keep its programs running.

To donate, use Butterfield Bank, Portuguese School a/c 20006060707516100.