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Penrith Selective High School

Penrith Selective High School

Altiora Peto - Striving for the highest

Telephone02 4721 0529


In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area.

LOTE (Languages Other Than English)

Overview of Faculty

Italian is the official language of Italy, San Marino and the Vatican City. It is one of the four official languages of Switzerland and one of the eleven official languages of the European Union.

The study of Japanese is particularly important to Australians, both culturally and economically. Japan is Australia’s leading partner and there are significant cultural ties between Australia and Japan.

The learning of languages is shown to increase metalinguistic awareness and enhance general cognitive development. Students develop communication skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking), focus on languages as systems and gain insights into the relationship between language and culture, leading to lifelong personal, educational and vocational benefits.

At Penrith Selective High School, the LOTE Faculty offers Italian and Japanese from Years 8 to Year 12. 

Courses Offered:

  • Stage 4 (Year 8) Italian and Japanese
  • Stage 5 Italian and Japanese
  • Stage 6 Continuers Italian and Japanese
  • Stage 6 Beginners Italian and Japanese
  • Stage 6 Extension Italian and Japanese


  • Italian or Japanese in Year 8


Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) Elective:

  • Italian 
  • Japanese

Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) Electives:

  • Japanese Beginners
  • Italian Beginners
  • Japanese Continuers
  • Italian Continuers
  • Japanese Extension
  • Italian Extension

Key Excursions and Learning Opportunities  

  • Years 8-12 Cultural days
  • Japanese Skype Interaction with Japanese schools 
  • Italian Exchange
  • Japanese School Visits
  • Chinese School Visits
  • Hakusan City, Japan Exchange

Further details about additional opportunities for students

The staff of each faculty are highly involved in running and supporting student leaders to lead a wide variety of co-curricular, enrichment, clubs & societies as part of the school's strong commitment to  talent development opportunities. These programs also play a key part of ensuring that students work alongside not only their classmates, but with other like minded students from across the 6 cohorts within the school. 


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