Epsom and Remuera Schools receive funding for Asian languages

Epsom news
Thursday, August 13, 2015

National List MP Hon Paul Goldsmith says it’s important for our next generation to be able to communicate and work in different languages as our international and trading links grow – particularly within the Asia-Pacific region. 

“Local schools in Epsom and Remuera have been given $432,492 to enable more classes in Japanese and Mandarin as part of the Asian Language Learning in Schools fund,” Mr Goldsmith said.

“Our local schools are among 22 groups of 129 schools which have received funding from the first round of the $10 million contestable fund over three years.  The aim of the fund is to increase the provision of Asian languages in our schools. 

“It’s great to see our local schools will be working together to enhance the way their students learn and develop their language skills.

“We are a trading nation, so it’s important our future workforce have the opportunity to learn another language and understand another culture.

“There are also strong cognitive benefits to learning a second language,” Mr Goldsmith said.

The programmes will begin next year.  Applications for the second funding round are now open, schools have until 25 September to register their interest. 

The local schools are:

Parnell School
Epsom Girls’ Grammar School
Cornwall Park District School
Newmarket School
Remuera Intermediate School
Remuera Primary School
Victoria Avenue School.