Leader of Learning Creative Arts and Languages – Mr Stephen Walter

At St Mary’s, we offer excellent courses in the study of languages including French, Chinese and Japanese. Learning languages opens minds to difference where diversity is seen as a regular part of society. Proficiency in languages provides a resource that encourages more effective engagement with the global community. The study of Languages strengthens essential foundational skills for literacy. It also fosters intellectual and emotional development, and cultural understanding.

Through learning languages, students reflect on their own heritage, culture and identity. They also reflect on the culture, beliefs and values of others. Studying a foreign language connects students to the world, strengthens employment opportunities, enhances brain development and builds a broader understanding of other cultures.

All students in Year 8 study a language.

Students in Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) and Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) have the opportunity to study:

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Other languages are available through Distance Education mode