Nothing foreign about language school successes

Two NSW Department of Education specialist schools have dominated the language courses at this year’s First in Course awards.

Image: It's all Greek to me: Education Minister Sarah Mitchell with dual first in course winner Anargyros Kallos.

The Secondary College of Languages (SCL) has continued the tradition of gaining outstanding results in the HSC with 14 students achieving first place in language courses.

They were almost emulated by the NSW School of Languages, which secured 11 HSC first-in-course awards.

The SCL is a NSW Department of Education school and is the leading provider of face-to-face languages education in the state.

The school operates at 13 campuses offering courses in 24 languages to students from Year 5 to Year 12. Students from public schools and other educational providers are able to study their background language at the SCL when it is not available at their weekday school.

The NSW School of Languages is a distance education language specialist school and is part of a network of Department of Education schools that provide education to students by distance education.

Subject to satisfying certain guidelines, students in NSW secondary and Central schools may enrol to study a language course not available to them at their home school.

SCL principal Sana Zreika said this year’s cohort was very enthusiastic to harness their learning and engage in building positive relationships with teachers and fellow students.

She said Year 12 students at SCL had experienced a sense of accomplishment.

“Gaining proficiency in other languages is a vital skill that gives our students the opportunity to engage with the world in a more immediate and meaningful way,” she said.

Among the SCL winners was Anargyros Kallos, who received two first in course for Modern Greek Continuers and Modern Greek Extension. The Homebush Boys High School student studied with the Secondary College of Languages, Ashfield Boys Campus and was one of only nine students who achieved First in Course in more than one subject.

Marrickville Principals Network Director Educational Leadership Chris Pevy-Buenen said the NSW School of Languages result was a testament to the distance education staff that worked with students across the State.

“A great leadership team and wonderful teaching staff delivering an outstanding languages education to more than 2600 students from all sectors across the state,” Mr Pevy-Buenen said.

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