French and Japanese languages are introduced to students from Year 5. From Year 9, students can elect to continue their language study with classes running through to pre-tertiary level.
There are many cognitive benefits to learning a second language, including improved memory, problemsolving ability and critical thinking skills. Students also develop the ability to multi-task and enhance their concentration and listening skills, and creativity. Languages prepare students more broadly to become active participants in an increasingly diverse and globalised world.
We offer your daughter a passport for learning with opportunities to further her education by travelling overseas on international trips, as well as exploring Tasmania and mainland Australia. The cultural exchange programs allow your daughter the opportunity to immerse herself fully into the culture of the host country she visits. Trips to France and Japan are offered in alternate years, providing students with an enriching experience of the country’s history, language, art and geography. There is also the opportunity for your daughter to undertake a term-long exchange to St Mary’s, our sister school in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Fahan has two long-running Japanese sister school relationships. Every year, we have visits from Tokyo Joggakan School Year 6 students, as well as a group of Years 9 and 10 students from Yokohama Eiwa. On alternate years, Year 9 students from Tokyo Jogakkan visit Fahan and both schools reciprocate by hosting our students when we travel to Japan. The experience is mutually beneficial, with the students gaining a deep insight into each other’s cultures while forming friendships.
Fahan also has a relationship with the Students of the World organisation, which enables Fahan families to host a French student for two months.
Your daughter can also take up opportunities closer to home with local camps, an annual Year 8 trip to Canberra, ski trips and a Year 9 Central Australia or Fingal Valley expedition. A Year 8 cultural swap program is also available between Fahan School and Pymble Ladies’ College in New South Wales.
Whatever her interests, we will expand your daughter’s horizons and give her every available opportunity to experience, enjoy and contribute to the wider world in which we live.