Chinese language study was introduced to our College in 2002 and has since enjoyed increasing popularity.
We were the first Bendigo 7-10 College offering an ongoing program in the Chinese language.
Study tours/exchange to China, are organised to immerse students in China’s rich culture, as well as sharpen their language skills. The College has been part of the Victorian Younger Leaders to China Program for the past three years, with about 100 students having experienced this unique opportunity. Students learn to cook Chinese meals, they are offered the opportunity to participate in cultural activities, such as learning to play traditional Chinese musical instruments and performing in traditional dances. They have the opportunity to take part in Chinese Speaking Competitions and Language Trials. BSE has worked closely with the Confucious classroom, which is based at Bendigo Senior Secondary College, which has enormous benefits for students, as wall as the local Bendigo community, through collaborative sharing of Chinese resources, Mandarin teachers and incursion activities.
The study of German has a long, established history at our College. Students are highly successful in their language acquisition because the shared origins of English and German supports their literacy skills. Students who continue to study German in Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to participate in our successful Sister Schools’ Exchange program with the Sebastian-Finsterwalder Gymnasium in Rosenheim and the Clemens-Brentano Schule in Lollar. Throughout their German language journey at the College, students also have the opportunity to participate in the German-Art Gallery Day, the Australian Language Certificate Competition, the Goethe Autobahn incursion and the AGTV German Poetry Competition. Year 10 students will finalise their German studies with a nationally recognised Certificate II in Applied Languages (German). The transition to VCE German is complemented through our strong support network with the staff and students at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Students who continue with their German studies at VCE and tertiary levels believe the start they offered at Bendigo South East College was crucial to their success.