German and Spanish are the languages offered at Horsham College. During 2017 German is offered to students in Years 7 to 12, whilst Spanish is offered to students in Years 7 to 9.
Throughout Year 7, students have a one semester ‘taster’ of both German and Spanish, enabling them to make a more informed language choice for Year 8. In Year 8 students elect to study either German or Spanish for the full school year.
SEALP students are required to continue with their chosen language pathway in Year 9, whilst non SEALP students may also elect to further continue their language studies if they wish to.
It is a pre-requisite that students complete a full year of Year 10 German if they wish to complete VCE German. Students who successfully complete a language at VCE (Year 12) level and meet other prescribed requirements are also eligible for the VCE (Baccalaureate).
There are a range of other opportunities available to language students. Students in Years 7 to 9 who are studying German are eligible to compete in the Wimmera Mallee German Regional Poetry Competition, which is held locally in July each year. Winners from this event are then able to compete in the State Final held in Melbourne in August.
The Bayerischer Jugendring (BJR) Exchange is also available to students in Years 10 and 11. Students apply to host an exchange student from Germany for ten weeks (February to April), before travelling back to Germany to complete the ten week reciprocal part of the exchange (November to January).
Horsham College also regularly hosts Language Assistants from Germany. These Language Assistants play in integral role in providing additional language and cultural support to students in all year levels.