Welcome to the Languages Department

 If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela

What is learning languages about?

Learning a new language provides a means of communication with people from another culture and exploring ones' own world.

  • Languages and cultures play a key role in developing our personal group, national and human identities.

  • Every language has its own way of expressing meanings, each has intrinsic value and special significance for its users.

Which languages does our school offer?

In Year 9 the students have a Languages rotation for the whole year so that they have a chance to learn the basics of French, German and te reo Māori.

From Years 10 to 13 the languages are an option that, if they wish, can take the student as far as NCEA Level 3.  By this stage the student can communicate with a degree of confidence both orally and in writing.

Why does our school teach languages?

  • Students extend their thinking and reasoning skills and they apply these in other areas of learning and in processing knowledge
  • Knowing aspects of another language improves students' skills in using English and communicating effectively
  • Our students are able to work internationally and will be able to engage with other cultures using the skills gained by learning a language in our school
  • Students will be able to relate to their local society and culture as well as being able to operate globally

How does our school teach languages?

  • In the core communication strand, students learn to use the language to make meaning. As their knowledge increases, they become more effective communicators, developing the receptive skills of listening, reading, and viewing and the productive skills of speaking, writing, and presenting or performing.
  • In the supporting language knowledge strand, students study the language in order to understand how it works. They learn about the relationships between different words and different structures, how speakers adjust their language when negotiating meaning in different contexts and for different purposes, and how different types of text are organised.
  • In the supporting cultural knowledge strand, students learn about culture and the interrelationship between culture and language. As they compare and contrast different beliefs and cultural practices, including their own, they understand more about themselves and become more understanding of others.

Why continue learning a language?

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Using language skills outside the classroom

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Margaret Gallaher (HOD Languages, TIC German) 
Tawai Frost (TIC te reo Māori)
Lydie Collard (TIC French)
Helen Benge

What's on ...

Monday 24 February

10.45am - L2 BIO Rocky Shore Trip
1.30pm - Kapa Haka (PAC)
5.30pm - German Fundraising Meeting

Tuesday 25 February

Shrove Tuesday - Vinnies Fundraiser
8.45am - Music Workshops
8.45am - Special Olympics Athletics Volunteering

Wednesday 26 February

Ash Wednesday
1.30pm - Music Workshops
3.30pm - Māori Achieve (Atawhai)
3.30pm - Study & Homework Club (Library)
7.00pm - Board of Trustees Meeting (Library)
- CSW Senior Touch Qualifying Tournament
- Softball Starts

Thursday 27 February

7.40am - Careers with Coding
8.45am - Music Workshops
8.45am - Sport Academy
3.30pm - Big Sister (Library)

Friday 28 February

Mufti Day & Sausage Sizzle for Relay for Life
8.45am - DOE Silver Qualifying Expedition
1.30am - Music Workshops
- Get prepared for SHC Athletic Sports on Monday

Saturday 29 February

- DOE Silver Qualifying Expedition

Sunday 1 March

- DOE Silver Qualifying Expedition

Looking ahead ...

Monday 2 March

Athletic Sports Day - House Event