Davidson High School

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Emaildavidson-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Languages

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

Language study 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 a world that is becoming 'smaller' in this age of technology and travel, there is an increasing need for tolerance and acceptance of difference and diversity. 

At Davidson High School, the languages faculty's goal is to expose students to other languages and cultures. It is our aim to help develop our students into global citizens through the teaching and learning of other languages and cultures, as well as encourage acceptance of diversity and intercultural understanding.

Year 8

Students must choose either Italian or Japanese for their one year of compulsory language study. It is mandated by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) that students undertake 100 hours of language study in Years 7 and 8. 

Students will be asked at the end of Year 7 to make their choices after discussion with their parents. Students study topics related to their personal world through a set of course books and workbooks and other resources.

Year 9

Language is offered as an elective subject. In elective courses, students build on the basic skills learnt in Year 8 by extending their reading and writing abilities in the target language. 

They also have the opportunity to use their speaking and listening skills in authentic situations such as intercultural excursions and overseas trips. Students will experience Italian and Japanese culture through the study of film, cooking and other cultural activities. 

Students also have the opportunity to challenge themselves by participating in the internationally recognised Assessment of Languages Competence (ALC) certificate.

Year 10

In the Year 10 elective courses, students build on the basic skills learnt in Years 8 and 9, by extending their reading and writing abilities in the target language. They also have the opportunity to use their speaking and listening skills in authentic situations such as intercultural excursions, and overseas trips. 

Students will experience Italian and Japanese culture through lessons such as the study of film, cooking and other cultural activities.  Students also have the opportunity to challenge themselves by participating in the internationally recognised ALC certificates.

In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers.

International opportunities

Davidson High School has formed significant relationships with many countries and international organisations that allow us to provide a range of unique opportunities for our students. 

These include:

  • integrated classes with Japanese students through Inter-Cultural Education Today (ICET) and international students.
  • Australian representatives at the Morioka Chuo International Student Conference.
  • the Understanding, Respect and Acceptance forum (URA forum) involving various NSW schools and ICET.
  • two annual travel scholarships to Japan for Davidson High School students who have fostered friendship and cross-cultural understanding toward the ICET students and international community.

Inter-Cultural Education Today (ICET)

Inter-Cultural Education Today (ICET) was established to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding and to prepare young people for the world of the 21st century.

ICET is an accredited and registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) provider and has been running programs at Davidson High School for over 20 years. The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) number is 01466B.

This is a unique program operating only at Davidson High School and has been approved by the Minister of Education. The vast majority of the students come from Okayama Gakugeikan High School and Morioka High School both of which are sister schools to Davidson High School. 

During their time at Davidson, the ICET students study mainstream elective subjects with the Davidson High School students and participate in specialised English as a second language (ESL) classes taught by ICET teachers. 

ICET students become part of the Davidson High School community taking part in all aspects of school life including representative sports teams, the student representative council (SRC), Harmony Day, enrichment days, school camps and excursions. The ICET teachers are also involved in various Davidson High School classes and programs around the school.

Scholarships

Each year, ICET offers two fully-paid scholarships to students and/or teachers from Davidson High School to travel to Japan. These scholarships offer an exciting opportunity for students to improve their Japanese language skills and immerse themselves in the Japanese culture through the homestay and school environments. 

More information can be found on the ICET website.

Faculty staff

Ms A Dalpadado (Japanese teacher, Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

Ms R Coletta (French and Italian teacher on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday)

Ms K Smart     (Wednesday)