Languages Staff 2024    
Faculty Leader Priscilla Lynch French 
TIC Te Reo Māori Waiana Jones Te Reo Māori
TIC Chinese Daniel Ting Chinese
Teachers Janet Angelo Chinese
  Linda Johnson French
  Oscar Mardell French & Classical Studies
  Julie Harvey French


Ko toku nui, toku wehi, toku whakatiketike, toku reo

My language is my greatness, my inspiration, that which I hold precious

Languages are part of the core junior programme at St Mary's College.

Year 7:

All students take a 13 week taster course of each of three languages (Chinese, French and Te Reo Maori) for four periods per fortnight.

Year 8:

All students select two languages to continue with. Each language is studied for two terms for five periods per fortnight.

Year 9:

All students select one language – five periods per fortnight for the whole year.

Year 10 and Beyond:

Students are then free to continue their language study in Year 10 (four periods per fortnight) and to be entered to gain credits at Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the National Qualifications Framework at Years 11, 12 and 13.

Classical Studies is offered at Years 12 and 13 for credits at Levels 2 and 3.

We also offer NZ Scholarships to high achieving Languages and Classical Studies students.

Why learn a second language?

Please click here to read about the benefits of learning a second language.

Communicate across cultural boundaries

Electronic media, immigration, and ease of travel are making the world (and New Zealand) increasingly international and bringing you into contact with people from other cultures. This means that being able to communicate across cultural boundaries is more important than ever.

The single most important step you can take towards doing this effectively is to learn another language. In many countries, learning more than one language is the norm.

Friends, family connections and more

You might choose to study a language to which you have an existing cultural, family, or community connection, but there are many other reasons to study a language. For example, as well as communicating effectively with family members who do not speak English, you might be interested in:

  • Talking to friends from around the world via social networking
  • participating in cultural and sports exchanges
  • travelling overseas and learning about other cultures
  • learning about celebrations, festivals, and cuisines of other cultures
  • enjoying films, fashion, music and the popular culture of another country
  • learning more about how languages work.

Satisfaction, pleasure and work

Learning a second language can bring a great deal of personal satisfaction and pleasure. It can also open up a much broader range of future work opportunities by:

  • Making it easier to work, travel, and study in other countries
  • better understanding business culture inside and outside New Zealand
  • developing the skills to work across cultures
  • providing access to a wider range of ideas and knowledge
  • generally strengthening literacy skills.

Learn about yourself and your own culture

Learning a language is not just about opening up opportunities for work and travel – it is likely to prove a journey of personal discovery. Experience of other cultures can help you understand and appreciate your own.

In the broad picture, when you learn a second language you acquire knowledge, skills, and understanding that are important for the social, cultural, economic, and environmental well-being of New Zealand.