Want your kids to learn your mother tongue or learn another language? There’s a variety of language schools in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, the Hunter and the Central Coast which facilitate kids learning.

The following are members of Hunter Community Languages, a small, not-for profit organization based in Newcastle that supports communities in teaching their first language, or “mother tongue” to children in their community. The organization provides assistance with applying for funding, free workshops for teachers, equipment lending including P.A. systems and a set of class iPads as well as helping to develop program resources.

Currently there are many languages from around the globe that are taught in the Newcastle region. These include:

Arabic

Newcastle Arabic School
Jesmond Public School, Jesmond NSW
Every Saturday and Sunday during school term from 3pm to 7pm

Bangla

Newcastle Bangladeshi Community Inc.
Jesmond Public School, Jesmond NSW
Every Sunday during school term from 10am to 12pm

Chinese

Hunter Community Chinese Language School
New Lambton South Public School, New Lambton NSW
Every Tuesday during school term from 4pm to 6pm

Floraville Public School, Floraville NSW
Every Wednesday during school term from 3.45pm to 5.45pm

Gosford Chinese Language School
Henry Kendall High School, Gosford NSW
Every Saturday during school term from 9am to 3pm

Filipino

Pinoy Community Cultural  Class
Wadalba Community School, Waldalba NSW
Every Friday during school term from 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Henry Kendall High School, Gosford NSW
Every Saturday during school term from 2pm to 4pm

French

Alliance Francaise de Newcastle
Charlestown East Public School
Every Tuesday during school term from 4pm to 5:30pm

German

Eine Kleine Deutsche Schule
Merewether High School
Every Saturday during school term from 9am to 11am

Greek

Greek Community School of Newcastle
Greek Orthodox Church, Skelton St Hamilton NSW
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon during school term from  4pm to 6pm

Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church Community Language School
Hamilton Public School, Hamilton NSW
Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm

Indonesian

Indonesian School of Newcastle
Hamilton Public School, Hamilton NSW
Every Thursday during school term from 4.30pm to 6.00pm

Italian

Co.As.It. After Hours Program
New Lambton South Public School, New Lambton NSW
Every Monday during school term from 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Japanese

Hunter Japanese Community School
New Lambton South Public School, New Lambton NSW
Saturday during school term 1 & 4 from 10am to 1pm
Saturday during school term 2 & 3 from 2pm to 5pm

New Lambton Baptist Church
Thursday from 4pm to 7pm

Korean

Newcastle Korean Language School
Jesmond Public School, Jesmond NSW
Saturday during school term from 10am to 12pm

Mauritanian

Newcastle Mauritanian School
Jesmond High School, Jesmond NSW
Saturday during term time from 10am to 12pm

Polish

Parents and Friends Committee of Polish Association in Newcastle
Newcastle Polish Centre, Chatham Street, Broadmeadow NSW
Saturday during term time from 9am to 11am

Punjabi

Newcastle Sikh Association
Newcastle Sikh Temple, 27 Marton Street, Shortland NSW
Sunday from 9am to 11am

Russian

Newcastle Russian School
Northern Settlement Services, 8 Chaucer Street, Hamilton NSW
Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm

Sinhalese

Newcastle Singala School
Mayfield West Demonstration School, Mayfield West NSW
Sunday during school term from 9am to 1pm (fortnightly)

Swedish

Swedish School of Newcastle
Newcastle High School, Hamilton South NSW
Monday during school term from 4pm to 6pm

Tamil

Newcastle Tamil Sangam
Northern Settlement Services, 8 Chaucer Street, Hamilton NSW
Saturday during school term from 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Balar Malar Tamil Education Association
Cardiff North Public School, Cardiff NSW
Saturday during school term from 2-5pm

Telugu

Hunter Telugu Badi
Maitland High School, Maitland NSW
Saturday during term time 10am-12pm

Tibetan

Tibetan Community of Newcastle School
Rigpa Buddhist Meditation Centre, 47 James St, Hamilton NSW
Saturday during school term from 9am to 11am

For information on these schools or how to start your own community language school, visit the Hunter Community Languages website or email hptacls@gmail.com.