The Spanish Immersion Program is an intensive course that provides students with the deepest possible exposure to a second language and culture. Students enter in Year 7 and receive instruction in at least 60% of the curriculum in the second language through to Year 9.
Maths, Science, Spanish, History, Geography and Physical Education are taught in Spanish, providing students with a very high level of language proficiency, linguistic skills, intercultural understanding, and personal enrichment and challenge. Students may have the opportunity to travel to Madrid, Spain, in their final year of the program where they will attend classes at the prestigious Real Colegio Alfonso XII High School.
Beyond Year 9, students in the Immersion Program may complete their Senior Spanish studies in Senior Secondary and may choose to study Advanced Spanish at the University of Queensland in Year 12.
Course requirements: No previous knowledge of the language is required. Interested students will be required to attend an interview.
Preparatory courses: We are proud to provide a unique Preparatory Program for each student successful in obtaining a place in each of our distinct Junior Secondary Programs of Excellence. The focus for these transition programs – one lesson per week after school over six weeks of Term 3 – is to support our prospective Year 7 students to meet other students who will be enrolled the following year, connect and collaborate as a group and, more importantly, begin learning the fundamental skills they will develop as these courses continue throughout their Junior Secondary years.
For more details please download the Spanish Immersion brochure (PDF, 3MB) and contact Mr Jack Treby, Head of Department, Languages & Global Citizenship, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be considered for enrolment at Indooroopilly State High School and our Programs of Excellence, please download and complete our Enrolment Pack (PDF, 3.2MB). Submit the completed pack, including all supporting documents, as outlined on the enrolment checklist at the front of the pack.
ISHS Special Programs Brochure (PDF, 619KB)
2022 Programs of Excellence Entry Requirements (PDF, 204KB)
Spanish Immersion graduates say …
“The Spanish Immersion Program is a great opportunity to become fully immersed in another language. I believe Spanish Immersion has helped me develop as a person and taught me to develop a global perspective.”
“Funny and experienced teachers guide students throughout the course. I am continuing to study Spanish after graduating the program, and so are most of my classmates. The program was challenging and enjoyable.”
“Spanish Immersion is designed to challenge its students. It provides life changing experiences and produces informed and cultured global citizens. Students become extremely close with their classmates, especially during the trip to Spain.”
Why study Spanish?
Spanish is currently the fourth most spoken language in the world with over 500 million Spanish speakers in the world. In the past decade, enrolments in Spanish at university level in Australia have increased 80 per cent.
Spanish is the official language of 21 countries worldwide, covering Europe, Africa, Central, South and North America.
Indooroopilly State High School has an established program of Spanish instruction in both our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Years 11 and 12) and QCAA Language programs.
Diverso – Student Magazine in Spanish (PDF, 4.5MB)
Indro Alumni profile: Sophie Barton
Sophie graduated from Indooroopilly State High School in 2017 and has gone on to study a Bachelor of Science and Arts with a Diploma in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Monash University. She studied Spanish Immersion at Indro in Junior Secondary and took Spanish Acceleration in Senior, along with English, Mathematics A, Biology, Ancient History, and Film Television and New Media.
“In 2019, I have been the youngest person to receive a Full Scholarship as a Diversity and Inclusion Residential Advisor (at Monash University). I largely attribute this to the appreciation for unity in diversity that Spanish Immersion cultivated.”
Read Sophie’s Alumni Profile
Indooroopilly State High School is accredited by the Council of International Schools, a membership community committed to high quality international education, and is an International Baccalaureate School.