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Aquarela is a project that aims to stimulate the learning and maintenance of Portuguese as a heritage language (PLH) and teaching of Portuguese to children and adults in Newcastle, Australia.



Aquarela Community Language School began in Newcastle in 2020 to provide education in the Portuguese language and culture to members of our local community. Our school is an approved community language school conducted through the NSW Department of Education’s Community Language Program.

Classes are offered to adults and kids (3 - 12 yo), running once a week in person or online. Our mission is to inspire our students and their families to know their heritage language and remind them about our identity, making a positive contribution to Australia and our world.

We strongly believe that culture is the most important component of language learning. Because of that, we use a lot of cultural knowledge in our classes and offer workshops about Brazillian subjects such as capoeira, science and dance.

Cintia Baio has been teaching Portuguese in Australia since 2019. She is a journalist with specialization in “Teaching Portuguese as a Second Language” and “Teaching Portuguese as a Heritage Language”.


We offer personalized classes according to the needs of each student or group and with carefully selected resources and content.


Kids & Teenagers

For children and teenagers, we offer Portuguese classes and workshops in an environment full of games and references to Brazilian culture. Classes are divided by age and levels of knowledge of the language.
  • 3 – 12 years old



Classes are personalized and focused on conversation. Our goal is to teach Portuguese using real situations and common vocabulary in Brazilian daily life. The sessions can be online or face-to-face, private or in small groups.


Focused on students from 6 to 12 years old and offered after classes. The subjects are related to Brazilian culture and personalities. Our goal is to promote the Brazilian culture and create an extra-class environment for the practice of Portuguese.

Indigenous Games

by Cintia Baio,
our teacher

Brazillian Scientists

by Natã Franco,
Mechanical Engineer

Brazillian Soccer

by Crystian Cruz,
JDL soccer coach 

Brazilian Folklore

by Cintia Baio,
our teacher

cultural Activities

Cultural activities are important for the maintenance and preservation of culture in our children. The events are attended by children and families.

Cultural activities
Aquarela Portuguese Language School is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and the Creative Kids Program
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