TREETOPS Montessori and International Baccalaureate School in Darlington will be offering Japanese as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program study unit.
Currently, all Treetops students study Japanese as part of their integrated curriculum from early primary.
Treetops Montessori principal Peter MacLean said he believed the introduction of Japanese into the diploma program would make Treetops the only school in Western Australia to offer Japanese as an IBDP language.
It is also the only high school offering the IBDP in the Mundaring area, and the only school in the southern hemisphere that offers both Montessori in the early years and primary school and the International Baccalaureate in the high school.
In addition, the school will welcome three education students from Nishi Kyushuu University, who will be arriving later in the year to assist in classes throughout the school.
The receipt of a grant from the Japan Foundation Sydney has helped the developments at the school.
The grant will be used for Japanese teaching resources and matched dollar for dollar by the school.
The schools are enjoying a vibrant year in their Languages Department.
This term their specialist Japanese teacher delivered some exciting news.
In July, Treetops High School students will be travelling to Japan to participate in the JAPEC International Summer Camp.
Specialist teacher Sharon Crossman said the school was thrilled to give its students the opportunity to create such global connections with other students.
“Awareness of other cultures is both in line with Montessori philosophy and one of the values of the International Baccalaureate,’’ she said.
“The students will be immersed in culture during their homestay with Japanese families, creating the ideal environment for learning and understanding.”