James Hargest College honours cultural diversity.  This is reflected in our vibrant new Languages' Suite, where the cultures of the world are brought to life.  

Through language learning, students are encouraged to open their minds to the world around them, which in turn opens doors to life opportunities.  We are proud to offer four different languages at a variety of levels.

The students have a taste of French, Japanese, Te Reo Maori and Spanish at Year 7 and 8.  They can then choose to continue with up to 4 of them in the first part of Term One of Year  9,  before choosing 2 options to continue with. 

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The French are proud of their language and their culture, and we aim to reflect the reason for this in our study of French.  A strong cultural flavour runs through all levels of French study.

James Hargest has had a reciprocal exchange with French High Schools since 2010. 

France Trip


The study of Japanese comes alive at James Hargest College with annual Kumagaya sister city exchanges.  Students can interact with native speakers, and have the opportunity to visit Japan as part of our exchange programmes and cultural trips.  Japan is one of New Zealand's major trading partners and companies often seek bilingual employees. 

Japan Trip

Te Reo Maori

The study of Te Reo Maori will give students an understanding of New Zealand's founding culture, while opening doors to careers in areas such as tourism, media, education, health, and government departments. 



Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages around the world, being the official language for more than 400 million people.  Spanish-speaking countries account for an increasing proportion of world trade and are becoming important target markets for New Zealand exporters. The New Zealand government has also indicated a strong interest in developing cultural links with South America.

Spain Trip   


Throughout the department, we aim to provide our students with regular opportunities to interact with native speakers.  We offer trips and cultural exchanges to countries such as Spain, Japan and France.