Mandarin introduced at All Saints’ College in 2018

Mandarin introduced at All Saints’ College in 2018

All Saints’ College will introduce Mandarin language classes for students in 2018 following an extensive consultant-led review of its offerings in this area listed this as a key recommendation.

The Language Learning Review, managed by Dr Nayia Cominos PhD MA from Kephi Consulting, suggested the College should offer one Asian language (Mandarin) and one European language (French) to cater for its diverse community and the needs of a 21st century workforce.

ASC will introduce Mandarin from Kindergarten to Year 6 in 2018, removing Japanese from the Junior School curriculum from the new academic year. The College will offer Mandarin and French (for second language learners) for Year 7 students from 2018 and support the ongoing study of Japanese and Italian for our current Years 7 to 11 students who wish to continue with those languages, through internal or external providers.

“While this provides us with some exciting new opportunities, we are also mindful that this is disappointing news for some members in our College community, and keenly felt by our teachers of Japanese and Italian, and it is important to add that in no way is this decision a reflection on the wonderful work of these teachers over many years,” said Principal Ms Belinda Provis.

“Some of our Junior School students have been learning Japanese for several years and this is obviously not a ‘lost’ experience as their language learning skills will certainly enrich their language studies as they now transition to Mandarin,” added Ms Provis.

The Languages Learning Review took over 12 months to complete and engaged with staff, students, parents and external professionals through face to face and online surveys as well as focus groups.

“We are pleased to add that – because our Languages staff are multi-talented – each of them is qualified to teach in another area of the College. We are naturally very keen to retain these staff at All Saints’ and so we are pleased to be able to offer them ongoing work at the College,” added the Principal.