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.

Le Concours de Chanson et Poesie: Alliance Française May 2019

In May of this year, a number of Junior and Middle School students of French represented the school at the Alliance Francaise Song and Poetry competition. The students were required to memorise and recite either a song or a poem. The competition was held at All Saints Anglican School and included a number of schools on the Gold Coast. The presentations were compared with students from the Brisbane area and then overall winners were determined. There were a number of outstanding performances from the girls at St Hilda’s School.

Please see a summary of the main results below:

  • Year 3
    • 1st place Hana Truswell
    • 2nd place Cameron Arnold
  • Year 4
    • 2nd place Gypsy Sherratt
    • 3rd place Yve-Noelle Bollinger
  • Year 5
    • 2nd place Clementine Henderson
    • 3rd place Portia van Twest & Jasmine Hu
  • Year 6
    • 2nd place Sybella Antoine & Brooke Parkin
  • Year 7
    • 1st place Aileen Hu
    • 3rd place Dior Scholz
  • Year 8
    • 3rd place Xabby Dickinson

Well done also to seven students who were Highly Commended.

Once again, a wonderful performance from our Language students. We congratulate them all and thank Madame Ganet, Mr Shaw, Madame Benzenati and Mr Appelhof for inspiring and encouraging the girls to participate at such a high level in this competition.

MLTAQ Speech Competition Awards 2019

For the past month or so, Language students from Years 4 to 11 have written, memorised and presented their speeches to their teachers in preparation for the annual Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland’s (MLTAQ) Speech Competition.

The event was held at Griffith University on Sunday 18 August and approximately 40 St Hilda’s students took part. There were over 1,300 students competing, representing a range of schools and languages across the Southeast region of Queensland.

A number of our girls attained places:


  • Year 7 – Dior Scholz and Aileen Hu (Highly Commended)
  • Year 6 – Brooke Parkin, 5th Place
  • Year 5 – Stephanie Chan (Highly Commended)
  • Year 4 – Yve-Noelle Bollinger and Vanessa Lee (Highly Commended)


  • Year 6 – Lily Jolly 5th place, Jasmine Situ and Olivia Williams (Highly Commended)
  • Year 7 – Mia Perkins, Flora Yang, Areeta Imrose, Audrey Kuk (Highly Commended)
  • Year 8 – Jordan Klos, Dayna Whiteley-Hall, Linda He (Highly Commended)
  • Year 9 – Ellen Im 1st place, Irene Im 3rd place, Caitlin Yeh and Samantha Hon (Highly Commended)
  • Year 10 – Atputha Rahavan 3rd place, Alice Feng (Highly Commended)
  • Year 11 – Mia Xie 2nd place, Miu Fujii (Highly Commended)

Yugambeh section – High School division       

  • Edi Licciardi 1st place
  • Anna Tian 2nd place

This was the first time that the Yugambeh Language has been represented at the MLTAQ Speech Competition. The students were required to memorise and present a passage whilst sitting around an electric campfire. The format was designed to mirror how the language and traditions of indigenous cultures were passed from generation to generation. The competition was judged by elders from the Yugambeh region.

The girls are to be congratulated for their efforts and results.

Junior School French Speech Competition, June 2019

Near the end of Semester 1, all girls in Years 3 to 6 were required to present a speech in French for their semester assessment task. The topics of the speeches ranged from describing an alien to describing their local area and family.

A number of girls were selected to present their speeches as part of the semi-finals of the French Speech Competition. Six students from each year level progressed through to the finals.

The finals were held on Wednesday 19 June and were judged by a number of Senior School French Teachers and Students.

The following girls were awarded the top places in the finals:

  • Year 3
    • 1st: Cameron Arnold
    • 2nd: Hana Truswell
    • 3rd: Elise Stevens
  • Year 4
    • 1st: Lorielle Scholz
    • 2nd: Yve Noelle Bollinger
    • 3rd: Vanessa Lee
  • Year 5
    • 1st: Sally Nutley
    • 2nd: Stephanie Chan
    • 3rd: Josie Maxwell
  • Year 6
    • 1st: Brooke Parkin
    • 2nd: Portia van Twest (entered as a Yr 5 student from the Yr 5/6 Honours class)
    • 3rd: Lina Eom

These are wonderful results and all girls are to be congratulated for their sustained efforts and interest in their study of French. A big thank you must go to Madame Ganet and Mr Shaw for encouraging girls to achieve their potential and for their organisational skills in running the competition. Madame Benzenati, Mr Appelhof and the Senior School Students also assisted in making the competition such a success.

Mr Chris Dunn
Head of Faculty, Languages

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 are very pleased with the wonderful results that these motivated and diligent students were able to attain in this prestigious speech competition.

Languages at St Hilda’s School

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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