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Kirrawee High School

Kirrawee High School

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In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area.

Language study allows students to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.

The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7 to Year 10, but preferably in Years 7 or 8.

In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers.

Stage 4 Language Classes

In Year 7, all students will study both French and Japanese as part of their language studies. As students move into Year 8 they will be placed in a language class for 100 hours of continuous study of a language. Parents/Carers will be emailed a form with a selection of options for their child's Year 8 language course, comprising  of three choices: "No Preference," "French," or "Japanese." Should students opt for either French or Japanese as their preferred language of study, they will be required to provide a reason for their selection. 

It is important to note that while every effort will be made to accommodate student preferences, the formation of Year 8 classes is contingent upon various factors, including but not limited to pedagogical considerations, class composition, and overall curricular objectives including whole school priorities. 

It is necessary to emphasize that whilst we strive to honour student preferences, the ultimate composition of Year 8 classes is determined through a comprehensive process, which incorporates the expertise and deliberation of a collaborative team. This team includes class teachers, year advisors, executive representatives, and senior executives, all dedicated to fostering an optimal learning environment that aligns with the educational goals and needs of Kirrawee High School students. Once the team has finalised the Year 8 classes, no class changes will be made based on individual language preference.