Dear Parents and Caregivers,
To ensure that we are meeting the diverse needs of our school community, we are reviewing the languages taught at St Mary’s College and would welcome some input from you and your daughters. St Mary’s is a school which values languages and offers full year courses in Te Reo Māori, French, German and Japanese in Years 9 and 10.
At St Mary’s we currently teach Te Reo Māori. This is because it is our indigenous language and one of the official languages of New Zealand.
French is spoken by over 200 million people and is fast-growing, particularly in Africa. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Our exchange programme with the le Lycée Guez de Balzac in Angoulême has been running for eleven years.
Japanese is now a well-established subject. Student numbers in junior Japanese classes have been increasing over the past three years and our students have the opportunity to participate in a biennial trip to our sister school in Matsuyama.
Our senior students of German have the opportunity to participate in exchanges and German is valuable in the fields of Science and Tourism.
We would like to be able to offer another language but we need to be realistic about this in terms of our roll and staffing allowance. If there were sufficient demand for a particular language not already taught, there is a possibility that it could be considered for the 2017 year. This would impact on an existing language.
To have an indication of our community’s opinions, we invite you to participate in our brief Language Survey through this link: http://goo.gl/forms/
Thank you for taking the time to complete this Survey.