We acknowledge and pay respect to the Kombumerri people who are the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and learn. We would like to pay our respects to all Elders past, present and emerging as they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hopes of our Indigenous people.

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By immersing our students in a dynamic and interactive language-learning environment, we aim to equip them with valuable language skills and cultural understanding that will benefit them throughout their lives.

At St Andrews Lutheran College, we place a strong emphasis on the importance of learning a second language. All students, from the Early Learning Centre through to Year 6 learn Japanese. As students’ progress into Secondary School, they can choose to continue learning Japanese or begin their journey with German.

We believe that learning a second language provides students with a deeper appreciation for the customs and cultures of other countries, fostering an open-mindedness towards differences. It also benefits their understanding of their own first language, typically English, by focusing on the mechanics of written and spoken words. Research has shown that learning a second language improves brain functionality, leading to enhanced performance across other Key Learning Areas.

The learning of a second language is closely integrated with our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) Units of Inquiry within the classroom. This brings relevance and meaning to the students' language learning journey.

Our dedicated Languages teachers provide a range of engaging learning experiences, such as interactive sessions with schools in Japan via Skype, direct instruction in the target language, singing Japanese songs, reading Japanese books and newspapers, watching Japanese movies, and participating in Japanese plays. Students also have opportunities to explore and inquire into Japanese culture and customs, as well as compete in speech competitions. These diverse experiences create a rich teaching and learning environment, fostering a deep understanding and proficiency in the second language.