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 French or Japanese or will do do the multi-lit program. Students are strongly encouraged to continue with the language they began learning in Primary School in order to build on their existing understandings.


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.


French is a major world language, spoken as the first language in more than two dozen countries on five continents and as an official language in 33 countries. French is a United Nations language of diplomacy, used by many international organisations, and is the dominant working language at the European Court of Justice. French culture has contributed to the shaping of global movements and traditions associated with domains such as the arts, cinema, state craft, philosophy and cultural theory, as well as fashion, design, food and wine.

Current links between Australia and the French-speaking world are strong, characterised by bilateral relationships in trade and investment, educational exchanges, research and development in science and technology, humanitarian and environmental initiatives, and communications, strategic and defence priorities. France is the world's leading tourist destination and a partner in work-exchange opportunities for Australians in hospitality, tourism and international relations. Large numbers of young Australians visit France and other French-speaking countries each year on student or working visas

Mount Stromlo has traditionally offered a student trip to a French speaking country every second year. In 2015 students visited France and a trip to New Caledonia is anticipated in 2017.

External Languages Programs

We currently have a small number of students that are studying languages otherthan our offered curriculum.  The list (at present) includes Indonesian, Italian and Advanced Japanese.  The  programs provided are by other educational institutions.Students that are wanting to undertake learning a specific language need to discuss with the school management and we will see if we can find a workable solution.