The study of a second language is a requisite part of the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme.

Every learner benefits from having access to different languages, cultures and perspectives.

The Junior School Languages programme is developed and run by our specialist teacher of Indonesian. This enhances the students’ ability to develop knowledge, skills and understandings to communicate effectively and appropriately in a language other than English. Through the Inquiry process, students develop and gain an understanding of Indonesian culture and practical skills which they can use in future social, cultural and vocational areas with a global view of th
e world. Through learning a second language, students are also developing their skills and understanding in English and in literacy generally.

Upon entry to Middle School at Year 6, students choose to study either French or Indonesian and will continue with their choice until the end of Year 10. Students coming from Year 5 at the Junior School, which offers Indonesian classes, are able to select either language.

In Years 11-12, students may choose to continue with French or Indonesian as one of their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) courses. Taking a language for their WACE entitles students to a 10 per cent bonus in the calculation of their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) and can help them gain entry to their preferred university course. As well, many employers including the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Public Service, offer a financial bonus to employees who speak another language.

Language Studies

Learning a language is about far more than developing the word knowledge and grammatical understandings – although both are still important.

Modern language studies cultivate the students’ intercultural and personal understandings, develop their critical and analytical thinking, and improve problem-solving and communications skills.

There are language-specific careers, such as interpreting and translating, language teaching, and travel and tourism. But there are many other areas where a language gives you an edge: diplomacy, national security and strategy, trade, defence, journalism, development and many other fields. University Languages Portal Australia

Why Indonesian?

  • Indonesia is regionally important to Australia for trade, business, defence, and tourism.
  • The College has already established links with the John Fawcett Foundation in Bali.
  • Gamelan is part of our music and cultural programme.
  • Indonesia is one of our closest neighbours.
  • Introduces students to a diverse range of cultural groups throughout the archipelago.
  • The College has student exchange links with Bali.

Why French?

  • French is a principal European language.
  • French is spoken across the world in many African and Pacific Rim countries and parts of Canada.
  • French culture is part of our cultural and historical landscape.

Helena College prides itself on the collaborative approach to teaching and learning another language. We believe that strong language pathways are essential to maintaining a progressive and challenging language programme, throughout a child’s education.

Language is integral to exploring and sustaining personal development and cultural identity and provides an intellectual framework to support conceptual development.

For further information about Languages at Helena please contact Ibu Horne, Head of Department – Languages.

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