All primary school students study a second language at IGS

Primary School languages program

Bilingual partial immersion

Bilingual education enriches every child's life, has significant cognitive benefits, and promotes a natural acceptance of difference. Bilingual partial immersion in the second language begins in Preschool and continues in Primary School through to Year 6.

In the bilingual partial immersion languages program, students' skills develop by hearing and using the second language in songs, games and craft activities, integrated with selected units of core curriculum subjects taught directly in the target language.

Second languages taught from Kindergarten are currently French, German, Italian and Japanese. Time allocation for languages classes is 40 minutes daily in Kindergarten and 80 minutes daily in Years 1 to 6.

Students attend immersion language camps in Years 4 and 6

Camps and travel

Students in Years 4 and 6 attend annual Language Camps where they are immersed in languages activities including craft, cooking, sport and drama. There is also an exchange program opportunity to Noumea for some Year 5 cohorts.

Download our Guide to languages exchange »

Continuing the language

The second language is continued in High School through to Year 10, and can then be taken as an elective for the HSC.
Learn about High School languages »

IGS Languages Magazine

Polyglot is a yearly languages magazine published by IGS students, and includes exchange stories, articles, interviews and recipes. Download Polyglot 2012 (pdf 7MB ) »