Blaxland High School

A School of Excellence, Opportunity and Success

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In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area.

Language study allows students to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.

The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7 to Year 10, but preferably in Years 7 or 8.

In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers.

Faculty vision statement

Our vision is to foster in all students an appreciation of the value and enjoyment of learning a second language. Research and practice have highlighted the study of language is a vital tool for improved literacy skills and cognitive development. In the process of this study, the aim is to develop the intellectual, social and moral growth of students. Education in languages enables students to become more accepting of diversity, to develop respect for others and to respond positively to opportunities and challenges faced.

General information

The Blaxland High School languages faculty is passionate and devoted in our commitment to provide students the opportunity to embrace and discover cultures different to their own. With a communicative focus towards the acquisition of a second language, students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Italian, whilst engaging in fun classroom activities which include games, information communication technology (ICT) skills, excursion and incursion experiences.

Subjects available in the faculty

Stage 4 (Year 7 and Year 8)

  • Mandatory 100 hour course—Year 7 Italian
  • Year 8 elective Italian

Stage 5 (Year 9 and Year 10)

  • Year 9 and Year 10 elective Italian
  • ‘Taste of Travel'—Year 9 elective only

Stage 6 (Year 11 and Year 12)

  • Italian (Beginners)
  • Italian (Continuers)
  • Italian Extension (Year 12 only)

Head Teacher - Cara George