The Brazilian Ethnic School of SA (BESSA) was established in 2013, due to a recognised lack of a school that taught Portuguese as a Heritage Language to Brazilians (PLH) in Adelaide. Andréa Hughes the founder, was already teaching Portuguese as a Foreign Language to adults when she started noticing her own 8-year-old daughter, not surrounded by users of her mother tongue began to lose her first language skills and fluency. The school had its first formal opening on October 24, 2013. The school back then had one class of a variety of levels and ages and it used to be located at Burnside PS.
The Brazilian Ethnic School in Adelaide promotes the growth of Brazilian Portuguese language and culture.
We rely on the great support of our local community to enhance our programs and everything we endeavour to deliver including language lessons, fundraisers and cultural events, being the local Brazilians our main and official promoters. We own Facebook and Instagram pages – Brazilian Ethnic School of SA, where we maintain the most updated information about our programs, and we also utilise word of mouth, through our dear students, staff, parents and friends of the school. We believe this website will serve our community by broadly increasing our exposure to anyone interested in our language and culture and more efficiently informing our members with specific information and ideas of how to maintain Portuguese alive in our lives and families. Our purpose is to continue growing to acquire our own space where we can open to promote even more about Brazil in Australia, hopefully very soon! And we count on you, our most valuable partners.
Andrea Hughes, Principal and founder of the Brazilian Ethnic School of SA.
Meet The Board
(the team that works behind the scenes)
The Brazilian Ethnic School of SA, also counts on a committed team of volunteers, who meet regularly to discuss matters related to the school and its administration.
Principal and founder of BESSA
Finance/event organiser and principal’s advisor
Marketing and Social media coordinator
Marketing and Social media content creator
Ana Luiza Venancio