Scicluna, Frank L. (23.9.1939-)


Frank was born in Vittoriosa (Birgu) Malta but spent most of his childhood and youth at Santa Venera. He migrated to Australia in 1965 and commenced his teaching career at Simon Stock College, Wentworthville, New South Wales.

In 1973 he moved to South Australia after successfully winning a position with the Department of Education, Employment and Training. For over 25 years, he was a teacher of Mathematical Sciences, English as a Second Language, Classical History, Italian and Latin in various secondary schools and colleges around the State of South Australia.

Frank is the headmaster of the Maltese Language School of Adelaide, a position which he held for 16 years. He was elected President of the Ethnic Schools Association of South Australia Incorporated and held that position for 6 years. In 1993 he was elected the first national president of the Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations (AFESA) - an umbrella body which fosters cohesion and educational consolidation between the 1400 community language schools across the country.

The most challenging position for him was that of president of the Maltese Community Council of South Australia which he held for over three years. In 1993, during his presidency, the Council of S.A held the second National Conference of the Federation of Maltese Councils of Australia in Adelaide. It was attended by representatives of several Maltese Councils from other States.

Mr. Scicluna was appointed Justice of the Peace for the State of South Australia in 1991.

He read papers and delivered lectures on the teaching of community languages in every State and Territory - including the Australian National University [ACT], Languages and Multicultural Unit (Hectorville - SA), Tasmanian Greek Center, Perth's Convention Centre, Sydney Convention Centre (Darling Harbour), Ukrainian Community Centre (Richmond - Victoria) and LOTE Centre in Brisbane. He published numerous articles and papers on local and interstate papers and magazines including The Maltese Herald, Language Matters (ACT), EBI News, Ethnic Schools In Focus and The Times of Malta.

Frank is the author of two publications - Professional Development Course for Teachers of Community Languages (SA Educ. Dept - 1994) and the 1997 Maltese Directory and Information Booklet.

Frank also created and still maintaining the school website Building Virtual Bridges - a historical and cultural link between Malta and Australia.

Frank is married to Josie and they have three children Marika, Tanya and David.

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