Norfolk Island Central School

Praid, Tradishan, Kalcha, Achiiwment

Telephone+67 232 3000

Norfolk studies

In NSW primary schools, the study of a language is optional. In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area.

Language study allows students to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.

The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7 to Year 10, but preferably in Years 7 or 8.

In Years 11 and 12, NSW schools offer a wide variety of languages, catering for beginning students to background speakers.


Mrs Suzanne Evans - Classroom Teacher K-6

Mrs Rhonda Griffiths - Year 7

Norfolk Island Language and Culture - Rationale and Aim

The Norfolk language developed as a means of communication on Pitcairn Island between the English Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives in 1790. It was bought to Norfolk Island in 1856 when the Pitcairn Islanders relocated to Norfolk Island. It continues to be spoken on both Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands.

Norfolk Studies provides students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the people of Norfolk Island, their culture and lifestyle. It is designed to allow students to engage in critical, analytical, reflective and practical learning about the Norfolk Island culture, society, their place in it, and their own identity. Students will develop ethical research skills and recognise and apply community consultation protocols along with skills in appropriate information and communication technologies.

For Norfolk students the course reaffirms identity, builds pride in their cultural and historical heritage and raises self-esteem. For all students, it provides an understanding of the cultural and historical heritage and a sense of national identity. Norfolk Studies recognises the importance and value of the study of the Norfolk language and its unique heritage. The study of the Norfolk language will increase its standing and status, revitalise the language and will in turn impact positively on its long term survival.

Norfolk Studies is currently taught from K-7, with community collaboration in the presentation of a Norfolk Cultural Camp for Year 9 students. Norfolk Island Central School is actively working in collaboration with the community in strengthening and integrating the Norfolk language and culture program from K-12. Students of Norfolk Studies will become active and informed advocates for a just and inclusive society and will be empowered to make a positive contribution to Norfolk Island's future.