Our languages program is designed to provide students with an immersive and engaging experience that prepares them for success in a globalised world.

The study of a language enables students to develop their skillset. It enhances cultural understanding, allowing students to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and the history of the country in question. It opens students to new cultural perspectives, customs and ways of thinking. It broadens the mind and gives students a greater appreciation of the world around them.

Learning Japanese or Italian can boost creativity and help individuals to develop critical thinking skills.

Students select to study Japanese* or Italian from years 7 to 9, this ensures continuity – essential to achieving language proficiency. Pathways are provided from year 7 to year 12, with the opportunity to study languages as an ATAR course.

Students are further immersed in their chosen language experience with Japanese or Italian native speakers engaged through the Department of Education’s Language Assistant Program.

Further study of Japanese or Italian beyond year 9 opens opportunities for cultural exchange experiences, travel and external scholarships.


In Japanese, students develop cultural competency, literacy and analytical skills through exploring the nuances of the Japanese language and its reflection of Japanese culture.


In Italian, students develop skills to communicate in the target language, across all four dimensions of reading, writing, speaking and listening as well as an understanding of and respect for diversity and an openness to different perspectives.

*In 2023 Japanese is available for selection for year 7 and 8 students. In 2024, it will be available for year 7, 8 and 9.

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