Que nos filles soient plongées en Langues – Immersing our girls in language

Que nos filles soient plongées en Langues – Immersing our girls in language

Language acquisition and development has been a strong feature at St Catherine’s since the School was founded back in 1896. It is more than learning about a particular language, such as French, Chinese (Mandarin) or Japanese and it’s more than just learning about grammar, vocabulary and a sound system alone. It’s about gaining a deeper cultural understanding and cultural intelligence and the boosting of students’ literacy skills and comprehension of English. And it is absolutely that right time for your daughter to learn a second language with young people’s brains absolutely wired for language learning.

As the recent 2017 Annual Giving brochure recently mailed to you described, a purpose built Language Lab will be a key feature of our new Junior School. It will be a place where our girls have exclusive access to French at any time with extra-curricular/out of school hours’ French learning provided more quickly and effectively. The Language Lab may also be available for English as a Second Language and Chinese (Mandarin) language breakfast club in the future.

The Language Lab will unlock new and progressive teaching, providing both a physical space for concrete learning and the facilities to quickly connect students to digital activities such as iPad apps, vocabulary programs/language video websites for best-practice language learning.

With your support, and the support of the broader St Catherine’s family, we can deliver a leading practice Language Lab that inspires and propels our girls’ development of linguistic skills and cultural recognition.

I hope you may be interested in the short video (see below) which demonstrates the impact that gifts such as yours can make through our new Language Lab.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone (+61 3 9828 3032 )



Mr Stuart Galbraith, Director of Development and Community Relations