World Languages Growth Plan: Grayling Primary School, CLYDE NORTH


By Naomi Hawking | 5 October 2021

World Languages Growth Plan:
Grayling Primary School, Clyde North

The benefits of learning a language are significant.

Learning a language improves the neuroplasticity of the brain, it can quite literally make you smarter. The promotion of cognitive development, enhanced memory and critical thinking skills can set young Australians up to succeed. Learning another language is actually proven to improve performance in other academic areas as well and will even improve individuals’ awareness of their first language.

All of those benefits are significant without even taking into consideration the value students receive in being exposed to another culture. In a world deeply affected by COVID-19 and capacity to travel overseas being limited, through no fault of our own, our lives have become more insular. The need to develop global citizens is more important than ever, and exposure to another language and culture is vital in equipping young Australians with the knowledge, skills, and values to thrive in a globalised world.

Part 1: History and Growth Plan for the future

We are proud of our cooperation with Grayling Primary School, Clyde North to date and want to support a whole school vision for World Languages:

2021 – 5 classes, Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6 beginner Spanish

Aspiration for 2022:
Expand the program to the full school, offering students Spanish beginning in Prep

  • Capitalise on peak time for language acquisition by beginning Spanish in foundation years
  • Allow your students continuity of learning by offering Spanish at all grade levels. Language learning is a process, and Meg programs are designed to build compentency over time
  • Go Global – We’d like to offer our bespoke service where we work with your team to create a specific roadmap for Global Competency at Grayling Primary School. We’ll help you deliver Staff PD, hold student run community events, and embed cross curriculum opportunities.
Part 2: Internationalising your School

2022 School Year:

In addition to the provision of our World Languages program, Meg’s in-house experts will work with your school – free of charge – to help develop a strategy to internationalise the school more broadly in the pursuit of developing Global Citizens

Grayling Primary School, Clyde North will be given the opportunity to conduct a gap analysis against Meg’s Internationalising Schools Framework to identify the school’s focus areas for next year and beyond.

Upskilling classroom teachers

As part of our Going Global Initiative, professional learning days and self-paced online professional learning courses are provided to teachers to get the most out of the program and to help develop a Global Classroom.

Trips to Latin America

In a pre-covid world, Meg was hosting regular study tours to China for both students and educators – and we plan to do the same with our schools who learn Spanish. We’ve designed the trip of a lifetime to Latin America, using the local knowledge of our Colombian team. When the threat of covid has subsided, we will be in a position to provide Grayling Primary School, Clyde North with these types of exciting international opportunities.

At Meg, we are very familiar with how to start small with one of our partner schools and grow over time as we continue to add value beyond just our World Language programs.
To understand the journey we’ve had with one of our largest partner schools, check out this Case Study.

Mernda Primary School


Part 3: Engagement of Community

Beyond engaging your students and your staff, we take great pride in being able to engage your broader school community in regards to languages and culture.

Developing a community of learners

As the world returns to normal, Meg is excited about engaging Grayling Primary School, Clyde North with many forms of developing a community of learners, including:

  • Engaging your parent community with parent night demonstrations that include such activities as salsa demonstrations, cooking courses and an introduction to Spanish
  • Student-run Latin American festivals in the local community
  • Using technology such as chat bots and virtual reality to engage the school community in technology based interactions


We’re excited about the future and we want you to be too.

Please contact me to discuss how we can grow together next year.

Naomi Hawking


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