The knowledge of a language other than English is a valuable asset in Australia today – a multicultural country which is looking increasingly for economic opportunities overseas. Japanese is offered from Years 7-12 at the school.
Eugenie Sugowdz (Head Teacher Teacher & Learning, Head Teacher Languages)
Years 7-10 (Languages)
Students engage with Japanese in Year 7, then build their skills from Year 8 onwards, focusing on the practical application of language skills to everyday situations.
Students can then pursue language studies in Years 9 and 10 as an elective course to further deepen their knowledge and understanding.
Years 11-12 (Languages)
Japanese is offered as 2 Unit and Extension courses in the senior school. Learning in the four skills areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing is supplemented by additional resources such as computer programs, access to internet sites, reading programs and a range of audio-visual materials to support the main topics covered in the courses.
Cultural Exchange (Languages)
The school hosts an annual visit from Nanzan High School (Japan), and students can apply for overseas exchange opportunities to Japan (Hurstville Council) and Germany (Goethe Institute).
Students studying a language in Years 9 and 11 participate in the annual Language Competence Certificate. Students also participate in The Japan Foundation’s Essay Writing Competition and Video Matsuri.
Students will also learn about the cultural customs of the countries where the languages are spoken. They will have the opportunity to taste food, visit restaurants, view films and take part in any other excursions or activities deemed appropriate.