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Year 12 students farewell their language studies with tradition

Graduating Year 12 language students followed College tradition by spending their last lessons involved in German and Japanese activities. The celebrations marked the end of six years of Secondary School language studies.

The highlight of the German room was watching the students decorate, and more importantly, munch upon an assortment of delicious cakes and pastries, in particular, German gingerbread.

The Japanese classroom echoed the sound of fun and laughter as the students tried on kimonos and enjoyed preparing and eating Japanese style crêpes.

There are tremendous advantages of learning a second language. Apart from learning and understanding a totally different culture, language studies are claimed to improve the memory, to extend one’s attention span, to develop the ability of multitasking and to enhance critical thinking; all skills that are invaluable to future success.

Having a second language opens up many opportunities: It allows people to study or work abroad; The ability to communicate globally, opens up careers that would otherwise be impossible. Being bilingual provides many advantages for young people of today.

The Language Department staff are immensely proud of their students who have demonstrated persistence and continuous effort throughout the course of their studies. Their hope is that that our graduates’ knowledge of a second language will play a part in their future endeavours.

Ingrid Pride
Subject Coordinator - Languages