Learning additional languages widens horizons, broadens cognitive and cultural experience, develops communicative and intercultural competence and opens up new perspectives for the learners. The students at St Hilda’s School are offered the languages of French and Japanese. Learning any one of these languages extends, diversifies and enriches learner’s cognitive, social and linguistic development.

Worldwide Language Competition

  • To earn a bronze award, you need 1,000 points.                             Top 10% of the worldwide competition.
  • To earn a silver award, you need 2,000 points.                               Top 5% of the worldwide competition.
  • To earn a gold award, you need 3,000 points.                                 Top 2% of the worldwide competition
  • To earn and elite award, you need more than 10,000 points.          Top 0.2% of the worldwide competition.

The attached photo is of David Lyon with the three girls who attained and ELITE award in this competition. (Katherine Song, Tina Zhang and Natasha Buckler)All of the girls who attained a Sliver, Gold or Elite were acknowledge at the last assembly.
As a school we attained:

  • 3 Elite
  • 5 Gold
  • 6 Silver
  • 7 Bronze
  • 15 Credits
  • we placed 213 out of 1302 schools worldwide.

Head of Curriculum David Lyon with Elite Award winners: Left to right: Katherine Song, Tina Zhang, Natasha Buckler

MLTAQ Competition 2017

The annual MLTAQ Languages Speech Competition was once again held in August at the Gold Coast campus of Griffith University. About 35 students from St Hilda’s School took part in the competition and attained some excellent results. Please see below a summary of the medalists in the competition.

  • Year 5                    French                  3rd place, Abby Long
  • Year 6                    French                  1st place, Xabby Dickinson
  • Year 7                    French                  3rd place, Zarli Dickinson
  • Year 6                    Japanese               2nd place, Simran Bhuta; 4th place Summer Welsh
  • Year 10                  Japanese               1st place, Sena Jang
  • Year 11                  Japanese               2nd place, Natasha Buckler
  • Year 12                  Japanese               3rd place, Ellie Lee

Natasha Buckler went on to win the Japanese State speech competition for students of Year 11.

Apart from these medalists, there were also 18 students who attained a Highly Commended award.

The staff of the Language Faculty is very pleased with the wonderful results that these motivated and diligent students were able to attain in this prestigious speech competition.


During the April holidays, 20 girls from Years 9-12 travelled around Japan together. The film clip below was put together by the students and it really shows how their tour progressed and all the different wonderful experiences they had.

Sophie Renwick Year 8 Japanese

Airlie Robinson Year 8 Japanese

By studying a language, the main key competency areas include:

  • Collecting, analysing and organising information
  • Communicating ideas and information
  • Planning and organising activities
  • Working with others and in teams
  • Solving problems
  • Using technology

Language classes begin in Pre-Prep and it is possible to continue with your chosen language through to Year 12. All language classes are taught by native or ‘near’ native-level speakers of the languages. All Languages staff have had significant in-country experience. This allows them to discuss first-hand the cultural differences that may exist between the country of study.

In the classroom, the students are exposed to a variety of teaching styles that challenge and inspire the student to do their best. The use of technology is included in Language activities.

Students are encouraged to participate in many external competitions. These may range from regional competitions to internationally-conducted examinations. The students enjoy the opportunity to compete against their peers in the local and Queensland speech, poster and media competitions and the national language certificates.

During the term and holiday periods, the girls are encouraged to participate in the active exchange program. These programs include such opportunities as a two-week cultural tour; one-month, three- month or six-month exchanges to Europe and Japan. In Japan, we have a strong sister school arrangement with Hakata Girls’ School and Mukogawa Junior and Senior High School.


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