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Merewether High School

Merewether High School

Scientia Ac Labore

Telephone02 4969 3855


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

Faculty Information

Language makes a world of difference.

Learning a language helps you to become a citizen of the world, you will be able to communicate with people from other countries and experience their cultures. However the study of languages is not just for those who wish to travel.

As you develop skills in your chosen language you will come to appreciate that countries films, poetry, art and history from a new and widening perspective. You will automatically make comparisons between your chosen language and English. Studying a foreign language significantly improves understanding of English and its conventions. Contemporary research and practice have established a clear link between learning a language and improving literacy skills.

The aim of all language syllabii is to enable students to develop communication skills and focus on languages as systems and gain insights into the relationship between language and culture that lead to lifestyle and vocational benefits.  

The MHS language faculty is a vibrant and dynamic group of committed and professional staff who offer language selections for study from Year 8 through to HSC.

The language faculty currently offers French, German, Indonesian and Japanese language classes for students in Years 8- 12. During Year 8 students complete 100 hours of mandatory language study, then may continue with their language studies as electives in Year 9 – 12.


The language staff of Merewether High consists of:

Mrs Sonya Hewitt

Ms Kelly Biram

Activities that students engage in during their language studies include:

  • Overseas trips
  • Language Film Festivals
  • Language Competitions
  • Student Exchange Programs
  • Hosting overseas students
  • Cultural activities
  • Inter-school activities
  • Hands on learning activities

Language Related Career Opportunities include:

  • Fashion Buyers
  • Hotel Manager
  • Volunteer Aid Work
  • International Business Manager
  • Public Relations Expert
  • Travel Writer
  • Diplomatic Corps
  • International Buyer
  • Film production and entertainment media
  • Foreign News Photographer
  • Newspaper Correspondent
  • Foreign Student Adviser
  • International Lawyer
  • International Banking Officer
  • Bilingual Police officer
  • Library Acquisition Specialist
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Bilingual Social Worker
  • Tropical Disease Specialist
  • Airport Personnel
  • Travel Agent
  • International Trade Economist