Merewether High School

Scientia Ac Labore - Success through knowledge and application.

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... one language sets you in a corridor for life, two languages open every door along the way ...  FRANK SMITH

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, preferably in Year 7 or Year 8.


The study of language opens the mind of a learner to appreciate difference and diversity in society. Proficiency in languages encourages more effective engagement within the global community. Learning an additional language strengthens a person’s understanding of their first language and enhances literacy skills.

The study of language and culture increases interest in the wider world, promotes intellectual and emotional development and cultural understanding. Through learning the language and culture of others, students better understand their own heritage, culture and identity.


  • German Lunchtime Club


  • Japanese in-country experience
  • Newcastle-Ube (Japan) Sister-City
  • Japanese visitors to Merewether High
  • Festival celebrations
  • Essay contests
  • Speech competitions
  • Cultural experiences


  • School of the Year 2020 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and Northern Territory
  • 1 Outstanding and 2 Highly Commended placed students in 2020 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest
  • Recipient of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology scholarship to study at a Japanese university
  • Sister-City Speech Contest prize recipients
  • First in HSC French Beginners 2021


STAGE 4: Y7 & Y8

  • Y8 Japanese MANDATORY

STAGE 5: Y9 & Y10

  • Y9 French ELECTIVE
  • Y9 Japanese ELECTIVE
  • Y10 French ELECTIVE
  • Y10 Japanese ELECTIVE

STAGE 6: Y11 & Y12

  • Y11 Y12 French Beginners
  • Y11 Y12 Japanese Beginners
  • Y11 Y12 Japanese Continuers


  • HEWITT Sonya


  • 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