Northlakes High School logo

Northlakes High School

Northlakes High School

Opportunities for Future Success

Telephone02 4390 0555


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 Year 7.

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

We currently offer Japanese for Year 9, 10, 11 and 12

At Northlakes High School all Year 7 students learn Japanese. 2 periods per week are allocated studying language skills. Japanese language is also offered for electives in Stage 5 and Stage 6.

Students of Japanese learn about the culture and geography of Japan as well as skills in the Japanese language. This includes learning how to write the symbols of Japanese. 


Learning a language is fun and lessons are designed to encourage students to use language skills to communicate with each other and the teacher. Over time and with practice all students should be able to use Japanese to communicate information about themselves including their interests and daily routines

At Northlakes High School we are lucky to have two language teachers, Mrs Davis and Mr Griffin. They make a great team and are working hard to actively promote language learning in our school.

Extracurricular activities for Japanese include visits from “Mama Dojo” and the Japanese Film Festival.

“Mama Dojo” is a highly entertaining and engaging Japanese cultural experience provided by Sean Murphy. Students are able to join in language and physical activities to help them expand their knowledge and grow their love of language learning.

The Japanese Film Festival is held every year in Sydney and they have a special viewing for high school students. Over the past ten years students and staff from Northlakes High School have enjoyed a day out in the city, watching a new release Japanese movie (in Japanese) and trying out authentic Japanese food at one of the many outlets in George Street.  As this usually occurs at the end of November or early December, it is a great way to finish of a fun year of Japanese language learning