Saturday School of Community Languages

Connection Diversity Excellence

Telephone9244 5748

About us

The Saturday School of Community Languages is a vibrant learning environment. We provide quality teaching and cater for the individual learning needs of our students. Our school is welcoming, friendly and encourages community involvement.

The Saturday School of Community Languages gives students the opportunity to study the language they speak at home, if a course in that language is not offered at their weekday school.

The school is a public secondary school which delivers face-to-face lessons only on Saturdays. Over 3250 students in Years 7 to 12, from both government and non-government schools are enrolled.

Saturday School students follow Board of Studies, Teacher and Educational Standards syllabuses in 24 languages. These languages are accessible as part of their Stage 4, Stage 5 and Higher School Certificate studies.

Available languages

The languages we teach are:

  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Bengali (Bangla)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Croatian
  • Filipino
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Macedonian
  • Maltese
  • Modern Greek
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Serbian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese.

Benefits of studying a language

Studying a background community language:

  • provides an opportunity to develop high levels of skills in a student's background community language
  • improves performance across the curriculum through enhanced literacy skills which are transferable to English
  • helps maintain rewarding relationships with parents, grandparents, relatives and other community members
  • promotes a sense of cultural identity, resulting in heightened self-confidence and self-esteem
  • places students in a better position to take advantage of employment opportunities.

Our brochure

For more about which languages are offered at our fifteen centres download our latest SSCL brochure (PDF 916KB).

Our video

Watch a short video about the Saturday School of Community Languages which provides an insight into the benefits of studying the language of your heritage.