Hosting a Community Language School
The Sydney Institute of Community Languages Education with the support of the NSW Department of Education, Community Languages Schools Program have produced four videos where a number of current NSW DoE principals share their experiences of hosting a Community Languages School.
The videos represent an open and honest discussion of the implications of engaging with a Community Language School. They explore some of the benefits to students and the school community as well as strategies for managing some of the potential challenges.
The fact that hosting a Community Languages School is far more than a community use agreement is borne out by the views of the principals who share their experiences and stories in these videos. They illustrate some of the unforeseen rewards for students, schools and communities. Engaging with communities in this way can enhance student learning, wellbeing and sense of belonging. Perhaps more importantly by developing this important community partnership a school demonstrates a real commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity.
1. Connecting with communities
Principals discuss the strong relationships they have developed with the community languages school they host. They describe the positive impacts this partnership entails for the students, the school and the community at large.