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Bilingual Education

The effect of globalisation means that moving between countries, cultures and languages has become more commonplace. High proficiency in more than one language is a huge asset living in our interconnected global society. Contemporary research and practice have established a clear link between the learning of languages and improved mathematical and literacy skills.

Why mandarin?

Chinese is the language of communication of approximately one quarter of the world's entire population.

At the International Chinese School we believe that a bilingual and multicultural education not only provides opportunities for students to develop a strong sense of identity and responsibility but provides many cognitive benefits as well.


Learning a language:
  • promotes connectivity between cultures and helps students' have a better understanding of the world
  • develops students' critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • enhances employment and career opportunities
  • improves memory and develops decision making skills
  • supports children to maintain strong ties with their family, culture and community


Kindergarten is an important year of schooling as children formally begin to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.  It is our whole school community's aim to help your child adjust and make them feel safe so that they are ready to learn.

when to start kindergarten?

Your child can start Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn 5 on or before 31st of July in that year. However we can accommodate for early enrolment if there are indications that your child is ready. We encourage you to contact the registrar in regards to this. By law, all children must be enrolled in school by their 6th birthday.

Preparing for Kindergarten?

Parents and caregivers can do a lot to help prepare their child for Kindergarten before their first day at school. Please use this only as a guide.


  • Give your child simple, then two and three-step instructions to see if they can follow them correctly
  • Use books for enjoyment, ask your child to make predictions and pay attention to simple sight words on the page
  • Connect different characters and situations in books to real life experiences. Encourage your child to talk about their experiences and how they are similar to or differ from the book.
  • Use different ways to write the alphabet e.g. paint, oil pastels, use fingers to write in sand, play dough etc.
  • Sing familiar songs and recite rhymes and poems


  • Count household objects
  • Recognise numbers in everyday objects e.g. signs, cookbooks etc.
  • Group similar objects together e.g. toys with wheels and toys that make sounds
  • Identify different shapes and talk about how they are different
  • Find patterns and make patterns with objects e.g. red marble, blue marble, red marble, blue marble

Social/ Emotional

  • Toilet trained
  • Can say their own name and address
  • Can tidy up after playing with toys
  • Encourage sharing and working cooperatively with other children
  • Encourage sitting still and listening to a story for a short period of time

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

  • Practise cutting in a straight line
  • Enjoy playing both indoors and outdoors
  • Can put on their jumper, socks, shoes etc. independently
  • Draw simple shapes such as circles and squares
  • Throw and catch a ball


At International Chinese School, we provide a carefully balanced learning program to cater for individual needs, following the NSW Education Standards Authority’s (NESA) Key Learning Areas.

Learning in Primary is structured in stages. For each learning stages there are skills, knowledge and a level of understanding that each student should develop.

  • Early Stage 1 - Kindergarten
  • Stage 1 - Year 1 and 2
  • Stage 2 - Year 3 and 4
  • Stage 3 - Year 5 and 6


  • Speaking and Listening
  • Writing and Representing
  • Handwriting and using Digital Technologies
  • Reading and Viewing
  • Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Thinking Imaginatively and Creatively
  • Expressing themselves
  • Reflecting and Learning


  • Number and Algebra
  • Measurement and Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Working Mathematically


  • Physical World
  • Earth and Space
  • Living World
  • Material World
  • Built Environment
  • Information
  • Products
  • Working Scientifically
  • Working Technologically


  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Dance


  • Personal and Family Histories
  • Present and Past Family Life
  • The Past in the Present
  • Community and Remembrance
  • First Contacts
  • The Australian Colonies
  • Australia as a Nation
  • People Live in Places
  • Features of Places
  • People and Places
  • Places are Similar and Different
  • The Earth’s Environment
  • Factors that Shape Places
  • A Diverse and Connected World


  • Using Language
  • Making Linguistic Connections
  • Moving Between Cultures


  • Active Lifestyle
  • Dance
  • Games and Development
  • Gymnastics
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Personal Health Choices
  • Safe living

These Key Learning Areas are further enriched through a variety of other co-curricular programs.

Photo Galleries

School Opening Ceremony

The official school opening ceremony is a celebration for the Glory of God and the joy of all people. We were thrilled to be able to share this special occasion with the Rt Rev Chris Edwards of North Sydney Region, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP and the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP. The children sang "This Little Light of Mine" bilingually with the support of a full band and were very proud to present their beautiful collaborative art work to members of the School Board.

A Photo with MPs Gladys Berejiklian and Paul FletcherA sermon by Bishop Chris EdwardsICS and St Paul's cakeKindergarten students art reveal and presentation
Not nervous at allOur new state treasurer giving a speechPerforming 'This Little Light of Mine'Ribbon Cutting
Singing with the band

Harmony Day

International Chinese School celebrated Harmony Day in Week 8 of Term 1. Harmony Day is about celebrating Australia's cultural identity and highlighting values of respect and inclusivity. Our students celebrated with special performances, a dumpling making class and a multicultural family lunch.

Dumpling MakingDumplings ready to be cooked.Enjoying a Mongolian Dance
Mrs Sharpe our piano teacher performed a piece called 'Enchanting August' on the trumpetSinging a song about friendship in MandarinSinging in the ChapelSinging the National Anthem
Watching how dumplings are made in our industry kitchen

First Day of Kindergarten 2015

First day of school is always exciting, particularly for our Kindergarten students and their parents.