In NSW primary schools, the study of a language is optional.
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.
French is taught to all students in the school as part of the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Program. All students from Kindergarten to Year 6 receive one lesson per week, ranging from 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the age of the student. It is a fun program, focusing on the language and culture of France, giving the students an insight into the life of the French people and its food, music and famous places.
Hunters Hill Public School has a connection with a French Primary School in Le Vésinet, near Paris. (The towns of Hunters Hill and Le Vésinet have a Friendship Pact.) Students in Year 3 and 4 exchange letters with pen friends from this school. Special French events are organized throughout the school year – a French film Festival, a French Day with a Fancy Dress Parade, a French chef who cooks the students crêpes and a bi-lingual show. A highlight of the year is the annual visit to a French Restaurant by Year 6 students who get a chance to practise their French and to taste French cuisine, in particular, snails!
Throughout the year songs and plays are performed by different year groups at Grandparents Day, Education Week and the End of Year Performance Night. The French program aims to be fun and informative with language games, songs, French magazines, puzzles, interactive Whiteboard activities, roleplays and written worksheets. Students learn all 4 skills of a foreign language - listening, speaking, reading and writing. After 7 years of French the students have gained a large French vocabulary and the skills to tackle a language at High School.