Languages Other Than English

dsc_2013The study of a language is significant in the development of an awareness of one's own language and plays a valuable role in the general education of students. It develops skills and disciplines which can be transferred to other learning areas, especially literacy and provides avenues for personal expression, access to an extended range of recreational activities including travelling, cultural excursions and enhanced employment opportunities.

The subjects offer by the LOTE faculty include:

YEAR 7 & 8 - Stage 4 Mandatorysam_0142

  • Language - Spanish

As part of the mandatory language program, students are introduced to the Spanish language. They learn some basic language and grammatical structures and how to communicate using basic structures and familiar settings.

Students also become aware of the rich diversity of cultures, festivals and traditions which are part of the Spanish speaking world.

YEAR 9 & 10 - Stage 5 Electives

  • Language - Spanish

In this course students will learn Spanish grammar and structures as well as the topics prescribed by the NSW Educationsam_0143 Department.  This course allows students to communicate in Spanish on the topics studied and will provide a solid ground to continue the study of the language in yrs. 11 and 12 Continuers Course (Stage 6).

Language is intrinsically attached to culture, thus students become familiar with the customs and way of life of some Spanish speaking countries. Learning a language also instils in the students a sense of global understanding and their connection as citizens of the world.

YEAR 11 & 12 - Higher School Certificate

  • Spanish Beginners
  • Spanish Continuers
  • Spanish Extension

Spanish Beginners

The Stage 6 Beginners Course is a course which allows students, who have not studied Spanish in stage 5, to learn a language in the last two years of High School. It is a 2 Unit Board approved course which provides an excellent base to continue the study of Spanish at a university level, allows students to communicate in Spanish and have a very good understanding of the grammar and structure of the language.

In addition, this course would improve students’ understanding of English grammar and structures as language connections are an important component of learning a second language.

Spanish Continuerssam_0157

The Spanish Continuers Course is a 2 Unit Board approved course which requires a thorough knowledge of Spanish.  Students built up from the vocabulary and structures which they acquired in yr 9 and 10, becoming more proficient with the use of language and expanding the study of topics beyond the personal world.

This course will assist students to analyse texts and deduce and infer meaning. Texts and language analyses are part of this course which expands from the personal world to the world of work, environment, arts, discrimination etc.

Spanish Extension

The Extension Course is based on 8 short stories of the prescribed text and the prescribed issues. It is a 1 Unit course which allows students to develop understanding of literary analysis and in depth study and analysis of the prescribed issues and topics.

Spanish is the official language for

Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay Venezuela. Widely spoken in: Andorra, Belize, Morocco, Philipines, Trinidad and Tobago.It is also the second most widely spoken language in the United States (50 million) and also in the world in terms of number of speakers (over 450 million). Spanish is also one of six official working languages of the United Nations, one of the official languages of the Common Market and the common language for the Economic Cono Sur.

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As a smaller secondary school located in Northern Turramurra in Northern Sydney, Ku-ring-gai High School is able to offer a very personalised and individual approach to supporting student learning and achievement. Often called “the best kept secret on the North Shore” due to our size and outstanding academic results, our school is located on the edge of the very beautiful Ku-ring-gai National Park - a short 12 minute bus ride from Turramurra Station. We have a wide drawing area with the opportunity for students from outside that area to apply for enrolment. Our focus is on creativity, innovation and challenge. Ku-ring-gai is a comprehensive co-educational high school offering the same curriculum as all secondary schools in NSW and enhanced by a special structure which allows for a creativity stream. This Talent Enrichment Program (TEP) offers students who are gifted, talented or interested in creative or performing arts, sports, technology or design options, the opportunity to choose extra classes, often with tutors or coaches to engage them and further develop their skills and interests.



Our innovative and creative approach to education has seen the school well placed to implement the educational changes needed to enable students to meet the challenges faced by 21st century learners.

Ku-ring-gai fosters strong educational connections with local primary schools through our year 5 and 6 Enrichment Day Program as well as Project Based interactive learning activities. Our partnership with the NS5- North Shore Secondary Public Schools has resulted in an increased choice of curriculum and extra curricular subjects for students including leadership days, sports gala days, Duke of Edinburgh, debating and public speaking competitions. Our P&C is active in supporting our educational programs and the updating of resources including our tennis courts and basketball courts. We have an artificially surfaced full hockey pitch with change rooms and lighting located within our grounds. Our fully flood lit soccer fields are used by the Northern District Football Association.

Addressing issues of student engagement and well-being is an important part of our culture. Support programs are offered over the year to students and parents and include such programs as the "Big Fish Little Fish" Program to assist students and parents in the transition from Primary School to High School. The “Managing HSC Stress“ has been particularly helpful to our year 12 students and their families. A strong student support team assists students with learning difficulties.


Small personal morning teas are held a couple of times per term where families meet the Principal and have a school tour. This allows families to see the school in operation and to meet with teachers and students in an informal climate.

Ms Terri-Anne Kamasz
BA. Dip Ed. Hon. Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders


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Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School
403 Bobbin Head Rd,
Turramurra North 2074
Phone: 9144 3477 or 9144 7617
Fax: 9983 9331