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Birrong Girls High School

Birrong Girls High School

Ad Astra - To the stars

Telephone02 9644 5057


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.


At Birrong Girls High School we have highly trained, experienced and dedicated language teachers who always endeavour to maximise learning by engaging our students with the latest technologies and resources.

We have achieved outstanding results in the HSC for Japanese Beginners, Japanese Continuers, and Japanese Extension, and continue to strive for excellence.

Mandatory Study

Year 7 Japanese and Italian

In Year 7 students will have the opportunity to study Italian for the first semester and Japanese for the second semester.

Year 8 Japanese or Italian

Students will have the opportunity to study either Japanese or Italian in Year 8. At Birrong Girls High School we value intercultural language learning and provide opportunities for our students to obtain a greater understanding of both language and culture.

In Year 8 students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that include;

  • Italian cooking workshops
  • Japanese cooking workshops
  • Carnevale study
  • Japanese Festivals

Years 9 and 10 Elective Classes - Japanese

Students will continue to build on the language skills that they have acquired in Year 8 Japanese and they will be able to participate in a variety of language activities that enrich and strengthen their knowledge of Japanese. 

Elective Study Years 11-12

We offer the following courses in years 11 and 12:

  • Japanese Beginners
  • Japanese Continuers

The successful completion of Japanese in Years 9 and 10 is a prerequisite for the Japanese Continuers Course.

Japanese Extension is a one unit course that is available to students studying Japanese in Year 12. It is studied concurrently with the Continuers Course.

Students of Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to participate in the following activities:

  • Supplement their language learning by attending Manga and Anime workshops at the Japan Foundation
  • Apply language acquisition in an authentic environment when students interact with visiting students from Chikushi Jogakuen Girls Junior High School
  • Visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales to participate in Japanese cultural workshops. 
  • Share ideas and knowledge of Japanese Anime and Manga each week at the Japanese Anime Club.