West Wallsend High School

We learn for life

Telephone02 4953 2111



Welcome to our languages faculty

"To have another language is to possess a second soul." (Charlemagne)

Faculty goals and vision

  • Encourage students to communicate with people all over the world, think globally and make positive contributions as global citizens.
  • Engage in a variety of academic and cultural activities that develop language knowledge and critical thinking skills, as well as cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Improve students' understanding of English grammar and vocabularly while developing new language skills.
  • Provide practical and dynamic experiences for students to apply their language skills and build their confidence e.g. excursions and penpal exchanges that allow students to connect with Japanese culture firsthand.
  • Teach students to use Japanese characters including hiragana, katakana and kanji to discuss themselves and their world. 


  • Cultural incursions include cooking, games, sports, art-making and Japanese drumming.
  • Role play and technology use to develop skills and foster confidence.
  • Excursion opportunities, including restaurants and other Japanese experiences.
  • Penpal and communication opportunities with schools in Japan and Australia.


Stage 4 (Years 7 & 8)

  • Japanese