Highvale students have reaped the rewards of having an outstanding Language Other Than English (LOTE) cultural awareness program for several years.
German and Mandarin are taught from Prep to Year 6 making Highvale one of only a few Victorian primary schools to offer a choice of languages.
German is taught by Frau Salles, an experienced and dedicated teacher. Students can participate in various competitions and award programs linked with other schools on a regional and statewide level. In 2009 our students won the Early Years category of the Goethe-Institute German School Film Festival and finished second in the National German School Film award in 2010.
Mandarin classes are taught in our new Multipurpose Centre by our experienced and dedicated native-speaking teachers Zi Qing Liu and Poh Eng. Cultural perfromances are a highlight of our Mandarin program, enabling all students to demonstrate and share the understandings they have developed throughout their units of work.
Cultural awareness and appreciation is an important component of our language programs - as seen in the Chinese New Year performance the children presented for the school in 2011.