Language has no barrier
Year One students at Chatswood Public School had a visit from Premier Gladys Berejiklian today despite the fact she is in Seoul, South Korea.
The Premier, who is on an overseas mission to Japan and South Korea, joined a live link between Chatswood Public's bilingual Year 1 class and students at Seoul National University Elementary School.
The Premier used the visit to the Seoul primary school to announce public school students would be able to study Korean or Japanese for the Higher School Certificate from next term through through the virtual high school Aurora College, overcoming a teacher shortage in regional areas.
"If you are a child in a remote part of NSW and [you] may not have been able to participate in a class where there are other children learning those languages, you can now do that through the virtual school ... The tyranny of distance is no longer there when it comes to learning another language," said Ms Berejiklian in South Korea.
Chatswood Public and Seoul National University Elementary School regularly use video-conferencing technology to help teach language to their respective students.
Ms Berejiklian praised the innovative methods Australian schools were using to learn Korean language and culture.
"Not only are these two schools partners with exchanges of students and teachers, Chatswood Public School uses Australian-accredited, Korean-speaking teachers to broaden its Korean program, Ms Berejiklian said.
The Premier congratulated the students on their presentation which included the Chatswood students singing in Korean and the South Korean students singing a song about a kangaroo.
After talking to the Korean students in Seoul, she said: "Isn't it amazing to be able to learn a language from people your own age, on the other side of the world?"