Opihi College

Languages at Opihi College

Languages open up an avenue for communication and exploration.  The study of Languages promotes, encourages and instills a broader cultural understanding.

At Opihi College we offer Te Reo Maori and Japanese.  Languages are studied in Year 7 and 8 as part of the normal school programme, then from Year 9 through to Year 13 as option choices. 

Our language courses enable students to communicate both orally and in writing. The cross-cultural skills and communicative ability coming from language learning are an advantage for all students.  Language learning allows them to learn how to be outside their cultural “comfort zone” and to develop positive attitudes to difference.  Learning a foreign language also gives students a better understanding and practical grasp of their first language.

We offer school trips to Japan and arrange exchanges with the international community.