Welcome to the Secondary College Languages (SCL), formerly Saturday School of Community Languages, the leading provider of face-to-face languages education in NSW.
We are a unique and dynamic College, established in 1978 to provide a pathway for students to maintain education in their mother tongue when that language is not available for study at their own school. We offer 23 languages to students in Years 5-12 from public schools and other educational providers.
Our college has been providing excellence in languages teaching and learning since its inception in 1978. It provides a vibrant learning environment which caters to the individual needs of all students.
Across our 14 Campuses we provide diverse and vibrant learning environments where every student connects linguistically and culturally. Our students are motivated to grow their intercultural understanding and achieve excellence in their language learning.
Our College has a history of outstanding academic results, with 70% of our students achieving in the top two bands for the Higher School Certificate. Every year approximately 20 students are awarded First In Course and around 80 students are recognised as Top Achievers, placing in the top 5 in the state.
Staff, students and families work in partnership to ensure that the languages education received at our College is of exceptional quality. Our passionate teachers are all NSW Department of Education-qualified and participate in extensive professional learning that keeps them at the forefront of languages pedagogy.
The benefits of learning mother tongues are extensive and long-lasting. In the words of UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay –
“By bringing their speakers closer together, by allowing them to flourish in a shared context, mother tongues generate social inclusion, innovation and imagination. They also breathe life into cultural diversity and serve as instruments of peace."
Sana Zreika, Principal
To find out what languages are offered at each centre, visit the Our Campuses page.
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.