Singleton High School

Respect . Responsibility . Pride . Excellence

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... learning another language expands our horizons as global citizens and prepares us for a dynamic 21st Century ...

In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area - it 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.


  • make learning a foreign language exciting and fun for students
  • foster a better understanding of ourselves and other people globally
  • flexible support for all students
  • high achievement in a team environment


  • annual visits from Takahata sister school
  • Japan Study Tour every few years
  • exchange program between Takahata and Singleton High
  • visits from exchange students studying at Newcastle University


  • actively explore Japanese language/culture
  • cooking tasks in school’s commercial kitchens
  • care of the school’s 20 cherry blossom trees
  • self-directed ICT learning via online classroom
  • excursions to authentic Japanese restaurants


STAGE 4: Y7 & Y8

  • Y7 Japanese: mandatory 100 hour course
  • Y8 Elective Japanese.

STAGE 5: Y9 & Y10

  • Y9 200 hour elective
  • Y10 200 hour elective

STAGE 6: Y11 & Y12

  • Japanese Beginners: for students who have not studied Japanese at Stage 5 level
  • Japanese Continuers: for students who have studied Japanese at Stage 5 level


  • Dayna Cowmeadow HT & DEPUTY
  • Sharon Woon Y8 YEAR ADVISER
  • Amy Collins HEARING