Language Studies

Mandarin| Italian | Greek

The student cohort of Thornbury High School is comprised of myriad different nationalities, and the Language Studies department is proud to support our school’s diversity through our extensive language programs, as well as events conducted by the department throughout the year. We believe that cultural diversity is instrumental in enriching our school community, as well as our society in general, and Thornbury strives to encourage our students to embrace and respect what diversity brings to our school.

Upon enrolling at Thornbury High School, Year 7 students may elect their choice of language to study from Years 7 to 9. Languages offered are Mandarin, Italian and Greek. Upon completion of language study at Year 9, students may elect to continue their study from Year 10 to VCE.

Students are supported by a dedicated and multi-disciplinary language staff, with the study of each offered language encompassing phonetics, conversational skills, reading comprehension, and cultural studies.
Language students also participate in a number of excursions and cultural incursions throughout the year, providing invaluable cultural context and learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Highlights include:

  • Annual school-wide celebration of Harmony Day, which encourages students to engage with cultural diversity.
  • Year 9 guided tours of the Immigration Museum, followed by a cultural tour of Melbourne’s street food vendors.

  • Student trips to China and Italy
  • The arrival of Thornbury High School’s language assistants


Head of Languages – Max Tosi


“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela