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Haberfield Public School

Haberfield Public School

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In NSW primary schools, the study of a language is optional.

Language study allows students to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.

Community languages

Students at Haberfield Public participate in the Languages other than English (LOTE) program and have the choice to study either the Italian or Chinese languages. We believe that by learning a second language, students will develop communication skills and a knowledge that will assist them to understand language, culture and humanity, thus contributing to the development of culturally aware citizens.

Children in Years K-5 at Haberfield Public School study either the Italian or Chinese Languages. In Language classes, students learn to recognise the importance of language in shaping and defining culture and identity.

Chinese languages

community languages

Whilst studying Chinese languages, students develop:

  • knowledge, understandings, skills, attitudes and values that enhance their sense of personal, community, national and global identity;
  • positive values and attitudes about language;
  • recognition of the cultural identity of speakers of a language other than English;
  • skills in communicating in a language other than English;
  • understandings and knowledge of language as a system.

The Chinese Club meets at lunchtimes and is offered to interested children. Activities include the study of culture, art, crafts, writing and cooking.

Language Clubs can be an exciting way for your child to learn about language along with cultural identities.

Chinese Eisteddfod


Haberfield Public School participates in the annual Chinese Eisteddfod at Strathfield Girls High School and Burwood Girls High School. In this event students compete in poetry recital competitions and a range of prizes are offered.

Children participate in this exciting event, organised by the Chinese Language Education Council, over two weekends and often appear in local media.

Mrs Phyllis Sit  |  Chinese Language Coordinator

Italian language

Italian club preparing some pasta!

Why do children at Haberfield Public School learn Italian?

  • Italian is an easy language to learn and it is fun.
  • We are living in an Italian community.
  • Italian is the language of culture and history.

Our Italian classroom can transport children to another world through music, sport, film, art, costume, festivals, food, internet, excursions, clubs, fashion and history.

The following are some activities that Haberfield Public School children participate in while studying Italian.

  • Children participate in the annual “Incontro” Day held at Leichhardt PS. This day involves students socialising with other Port Jackson district school children and they enjoy a series of different cultural and artistic activities in Italian.
  • Italian Club is held once a week during lunchtime. All children from K-6 are invited to participate in a range of Italian activities.
  • Italian Festival Day is held to celebrate the Italian “Carnivale`”. Children construct cultural masks and parade them with costumes. Performances include the traditional “Tarantella” dance and poem recitals.

Mrs Lucy Cimillo  |  Italian Language Coordinator