Chinese (Mandarin)

Learning languages broadens students’ horizons about the personal, social, cultural and employment opportunities that are available in an increasingly interconnected world. Students at St Bernadette’s learn Chinese-Mandarin as their specialist LOTE (Languages other than English) subject as China is recognised as Australia’s biggest trading partner and will be increasingly linked to future job opportunities for our children. Learning Mandarin also provides grounding for further learning as many of the secondary schools in the area teach Mandarin as a LOTE subject.

The LOTE program at St Bernadette’s aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students communicate in the language they are learning, understand the relationship between language, culture and learning and develop respect for diversity and difference.