William Light R-12 School, in Plympton, will become the state’s first Chinese bilingual public school in 2017, with half of the curriculum to be offered in Mandarin. The school was chosen through a merit selection process after all metropolitan government schools were invited to register their interest last November.
The initiative will support students to become proficient in Mandarin and prepare them to become competitive in the global job market.
The bilingual program will follow the Australian curriculum and will initially be offered to year 3 students. It will expand progressively each year to include students from years 3 to 10.
Reception to year 2 students as well as year 8 students will have a daily lesson in Chinese to prepare them to enter the bilingual program.
All year level students, no matter what their year level will also have the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese as second language.
A digital sister-school partnership between 6 schools in China and 6 in South Australia, including William Light, will also be established.
The sister-school arrangement will allow virtual relationships between students in Adelaide and Shandong, China. This will allow students to enhance their literacy and fluency in each other’s languages, and also provide the opportunity for teacher and student exchange programs.