Our Vision

Our children to grow up bilingual or even multilingual.


Our Mission

About FLSC

The Filipino Language School of Canberra (FLSC), trading name of the Learning Filipino Together (LFT) came about as an idea through friendly discussions in 2009. We observed that our young children who have been here for less than three years have become ‘receiving bilinguals’ – they understand parents talking in Filipino but respond only in English.

An opportunity came for us to attend the Bilingual Forum on 21 February 2010 organised by the Canberra Bilingual Alliance of the University of Canberra. We realised that there were no local Filipino language school. We enlisted our interest on having a school and became part of the Canberra Bilingual Alliance mailing list. Since then, we have received information on other Filipino language schools in Australia, the ACT Multicultural Community Languages Grants and others. We applied for the language grant and successfully obtained funding for the 2010-2011 financial year for the establishment of Learning Filipino Together (LFT). This led us to affirm that we can realistically set up a language school of our own and raise our children in a bilingual or even multilingual environment.

Our Teachers

The school could not have existed in its present form without the tireless dedication of our school administrators and teachers.

FLSC Executive Committee
2017-2018

Alma Rontas-Gunner

Teacher Alma is our School Principal and previously taught the mixed age group class at Erindale (Southside). She is a volunteer Radio Presenter at 2xx 98.3 FM Radio The Filipino Language and Culture Radio Program and represents FLSC at the ACT Bilingual Education Alliance. She is an educator at the Narrabundah Early Childhood School and currently working towards her diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care at CIT -Woden.

Arnel Basas

Teacher Arnel is a Filipino linguist and native speaker in his workplace. He joined the school as a volunteer teacher in late 2013. He assisted in various school activities and handled the Southside class (mixed age group) at Erindale for several school terms in 2015 prior to his current role. Arnel was born and raised in Tacloban City, Leyte where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the Leyte Institute of Technology. He migrated to Australia in 2008 with his wife Amie and two kids after finishing postgraduate studies at UNSW in 2005.

Rodelyn Toledo

Teacher Rhodz is a graduate of Bachelor in Secondary Education at the University of Iloilo, Iloilo City.  She taught in different schools in the Philippines for 18 years before she moved here in Australia last September 2016. These schools are Leonides S.Virata Memorial School in Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan, Holy Trinity University in Puerto Princesa City Palawan, Rizal Technological University in Mandaluyong City, and Trinity University of Asia in Quezon City. She started teaching in FLSC last October 2016 and currently teaches the Northside Beginner Class.

Sharon Freudenstein

Teacher Sharon is from Leyte, Philippines. She has a Bachelor of Laws from DVOREF (2006), Tacloban City, Leyte; Certificate III in Spoken and Written English from Navitas English Pty Ltd.NSW (2013); and, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (2014)  from CIT Woden. She currently teaches the Southside mixed group class at the Woden Library.

Belen Arboleda

Teacher Belen is a community development and training officer by profession with strong background in Science, Health and Wellness, Theatre Arts and Culture. She currently teaches the adult classes.

Diwani "Kotch" Velasquez

A Davaowena by birth, she now lives in Bonner ACT with husband Medwin and their 4 lovely girls. Hardworking, dedicated and methodical in her ways, Kotch is a founding member and currently an officer of the Filipino Language School of Canberra since 2010.  She is presently a program support officer of the Conservation Planning and Research of the ACT government.  Her varied roles at home, at work and in other voluntary organizations, including her local Catholic parish have elicited quips such as ‘how does she do it?!’ despite her diminutive persona.  Kotch is a proud Filipino-Australian who wants her children to grow up bilingual while maintaining their Filipino identity in the backdrop of Australian society.

Maylyn Salindo

Teacher May is a graduate of Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Special Education at University of San Carlos Cebu, Philippines. She has 7 years of teaching experience in 2 catholic schools in cebu. She completed her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care last April, 2016 and currently working as Educational Lead Educator. Her passion and dedication in teaching led her to join FLSC last May 2016.

Misaela Leahy

Teacher Ela was born in Compostela, Davao del Norte. She studied Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Enverga University Foundation Lucena City and Certificate in Caregiver (NC II) at Dr. Carlos. S. Lanting College in Quezon City, and subsequently worked there as a caregiver instructor. Misaela came to Australia and completed Certificate III in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (CIT- Woden) and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. In her spare time, Teacher Ela enjoys gardening with her husband Joe and exercising with her friends. She is currently working at Teddy Bears Childcare Centre McArthur, a volunteer at 2XX 98.3 FM Radio – The Filipino Language and Culture Radio Program and casual teacher at Southside.

FLSC Members

Annabelle Redman

Teacher Annabelle is our regular teacher for Northside Junior Class, ages 8 to 11 years old. She is a graduate from Polytechnic University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in Computer Programming. She has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment( CIT-Bruce 2015) and Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (TAFE online studies).

Maylyn Salindo

Teacher May is a graduate of Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Special Education at University of San Carlos Cebu, Philippines. She has 7 years of teaching experience in 2 catholic schools in cebu. She completed her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care last April, 2016 and currently working as Educational Lead Educator. Her passion and dedication in teaching led her to join FLSC last May 2016.

Rodelyn Toledo

Teacher Rhodz is a graduate of Bachelor in Secondary Education at the University of Iloilo, Iloilo City.  She taught in different schools in the Philippines for 18 years before she moved here in Australia last September 2016. These schools are Leonides S.Virata Memorial School in Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan, Holy Trinity University in Puerto Princesa City Palawan, Rizal Technological University in Mandaluyong City, and Trinity University of Asia in Quezon City. She started teaching in FLSC last October 2016 and currently teaches the Northside Beginner Class.

Belen Arboleda

Teacher Belen is a community development and training officer by profession with strong background in Science, Health and Wellness, Theatre Arts and Culture. She currently teaches the adult classes.

Sharon Freudenstein

Teacher Sharon is from Leyte, Philippines. She has a Bachelor of Laws from DVOREF (2006), Tacloban City, Leyte; Certificate III in Spoken and Written English from Navitas English Pty Ltd.NSW (2013); and, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (2014)  from CIT Woden. She currently teaches the Southside mixed group class at the Woden Library.

Elma Kurban

Teacher Elma went to the University of the Philippines, Tacloban City, Leyte. She started teaching the Beginner Class at Gungahlin in 2015.