Languages other than English

To accept another language, is to accept other people.  Learning another language is an exercise in good will…

“ I come to you, you don’t have to come to me.”

Our language teachers have grown up in the cultures and traditions of the language they bring to our school, which imbues the entire language program with depth and authenticity.

We operate from the simple and practical belief that there is no better doorway into another people or culture, than to study their language.

Contact with other languages such as Hebrew, Classic Greek, Sanskrit and Latin is made through the study of the Epochs in Primary school.

German

The pictorial nature of words in German makes it an accessible and in some ways ideal language to bring to children.

At school, the children experience German first – and always – by being immersed in the teacher’s spoken language.  Often, there is good natured laughter as the interactive joy of the situation makes itself known.  Then as time and experience permit,  simple conversations and exchanges emerge.  From this comes reading and comprehension of simple short stories, exploration of ideas, songs, speech, movement, reading material, and writing.

French

As a language, French remains the carrier of the ‘romantic’ element and it is this element of ‘savoir vivre’ which we want to bring to our students.

As with German, our students participate initially via immersion in the culture through their teacher.  From this comes reading, comprehension, exploration of ideas, songs, speech, movement, reading material and writing.