About The School

Established in 2010, Learning Filipino Together (LFT) is a not-for-profit organisation that manages The Filipino Language School of Canberra (FLSC). FLSC actively promotes Filipino language and culture through a structured and dynamic educational setting which includes community dance and song performances. FLSC offers classes for junior and senior students with classes located at Gungahlin and at Erindale. Conversational classes for adults are held in Civic. One-on-one sessions in all dialects are also available on request.

The organisation is run solely by volunteer members. Many members are parents of children involved in the program.In addition to holding weekly classes, LFT also actively participates in various events within the Filipino and wider Canberra communities. These events include the annual Philippine’s Embassy Christmas celebration, the Philippine Independence Day Celebration, the Filipino Heritage Day and the National Multicultural Festival in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

LFT is a member of the ACT Community Language Schools Association (ACTCLSA), the umbrella body through which the ACT government provides funding support to the community language schools.

In early 2014, the Executive Committee had decided to use the trading name “FILIPINO LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF CANBERRA” in all print and website related material including various documents. “Learning Filipino Together” is retained as the name of the not-for-profit community organisation and registered with ATO ABN, ACT’s Office of Regulatory Services and other government institutions.

Contact Details

PO Box 522, Gungahlin ACT 2912
Website: https://www.filipinolanguageschool.org.au/
Email: canberra.filipino@gmail.com
2016-2017 President: Arnel Basas

Major Highlights and Milestones

The LFT milestones and major highlights since its inception are:

2010
October – Term 4, Northside Filipino Language multi-age class opened.
2011
  • February – Participated in the National Multicultural Festival presentation and food stall to raise funds. LFT won the Most Welcoming Stall award at the National Multicultural Festival 2011.
  • July – Term 3, Southside Filipino Language multi-age class opened
2012
May – One-on-one Filipino language tutorial sessions for adults opened.
2013
  • February – Adult Filipino Class opened.
  • March – Display of “Tahanan” (Home) Word Art and Philippine jeepney for the Canberra Centenary Celebration at Ronds Terrace.
  • August – “Tribyang Pinoy” (Filipino Trivia) was held in celebration of the “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa” (Filipino Language Month). LFT hosted this big event which was participated in by other Filipino organisations in the ACT.
  • October – Southside Filipino Language Class Open Day with conduct of various Filipino traditional games, storytelling of “Ang Pagong at Matsing” (“The Turtle and The Monkey”), and many Filipino native delicacies.
2015
  • At the start of Term 4, Southside classes transferred from Erindale Neighbourhood Centre to Woden Library.
  • Organised a student excursion at the Cockington Green Gardens, Gold Creek Road, Nicholls on 19 Nov 2015.
2016
  • Performed a Filipino dance number during the 2016 National Multi-Cultural Festival at Civic last 13 Feb 2016 and the 2016 Multi-Cultural Feast at the Holy Spirit Parish last 5 Mar 2016.
  • Successfully conducted the 2016 Tribyang Pinoy (Filipino Trivia) on 27 Aug 2016 at Weston Creek Community Centre in celebration of “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa”.
  • Opened adult class by Term 4.
  • Attended the 2016 Pasko sa Canberra at the Philippine Embassy Grounds, Yarralumla ACT on 4 Dec 2016 and organised Filipino-style parlour games (pabitin, tumbang preso, pabunot, sack race) for the kids. Northside and Southside students performed a dance number and rendered a tula (poem).
  • Sponsored two masses during the “Simbang Gabi” novena at St. Monica’s Church, Evatt ACT.
2017
Southside opened two classes (Beginners & Juniors) at Woden Library starting Term 1.