Mount Stromlo High School believes all young people should learn a language other than their own mother tongue, as doing so enables new and different ways of seeing the world. In years 7 and 8 students learn Japanese or will do the multi-lit program.
Japanese is the first language of the 127 million inhabitants of Japan, Australia's northern neighbour in the Far East Asian region. It is also widely used by communities of speakers in countries such as Hawaii and Brazil and learnt as an additional language by large numbers of students in the Republic of Korea, China, Indonesia and Australia. Australia has a significant number of Japanese national residents, particularly in the major cities on the eastern seaboard. Japanese culture influences many areas of contemporary Australian society, including the arts, design, fashion, popular culture, technology and cuisine. Japan has been a close strategic and economic partner of Australia's for over 50 years, and there is increasing exchange between the two countries in the areas of education, trade, diplomacy and tourism.
Students studying Japanese learn the Hiragana and Katakana scripts and begin to learn Kanji characters. Students learn the geography, history and culture of Japan, and are given many opportunities to experience Japanese culture, including Japanese art and cuisine, in classes, on-line and out on excursions. A student trip to Japan is generally offered every second year.
External Languages Programs
We currently have a small number of students that are studying languages other than our offered curriculum. The programs are run by other educational institutions. Students that are wanting to undertake learning a different language need to discuss with the school management and we will attempt to find a workable solution.