In June and September this year we surveyed all parents on their preference for the language taught at Rehoboth. Of the ten options presented, the overwhelming preference was for Mandarin.
A proposal to change from Indonesian to Mandarin was presented to the Board, which it approved at its recent meeting.
This means that from the start of the 2022 school year, students in Years 1-6 at both campuses will start learning Mandarin.
Mandarin will then replace Indonesian year by year in the Secondary School from 2023:
This will allow all Secondary students studying Indonesian the opportunity to continue through to the completion of their studies.
We look forward to introducing this dynamic and practical language at Rehoboth.
It is a requirement of the Western Australian Curriculum for all schools to teach a language other than English. Learning another language has been shown to develop memory function and thinking capacity in students as well as their enhancing problem-solving skills and developing an understanding and appreciation of people from diverse cultures.
The change is being made in response to parent feedback, received both anecdotally over the last few years and via two recent surveys. We always seek to offer relevant educational programs and electives as far as student numbers and funding allow, and so the decision to change the language is in response to the majority of the College community.
If you enrolled in one of our Primary Schools specifically because Rehoboth offered Indonesian, unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be able to offer Indonesian from 2022 and apologise for the inconvenience caused. However, Mandarin meets all the Western Australian Curriculum requirements and is an excellent language to learn with many practical uses. We are confident Primary students will take to the new language quickly.
For students in Years 7-12 in 2022, Indonesian will continue to be offered. After that, our new Mandarin program will be introduced incrementally.
No, your student’s ATAR will not be affected as we will continue to offer Indonesian until those studying it in Year 7 have completed Year 12.
Yes, if they are self-motivated, well-disciplined in their studies, and parents are happy to pay for the online learning cost of the course, there are distant education options available.
We will introduce the new language incrementally in the Secondary School so that no student will be disadvantaged. The table at the top of this page shows how we intended to roll out the new language over a 6-year period.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the student numbers to support two different language classes at the same time, so we will be unable to offer both languages in parallel. However, we have planned to transition all students as seamlessly as possible so that no student is disadvantaged. Mandarin will be phased in over six years in the Secondary School to allow for this.
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