ESOL – Being Bilingual

Mission Heights School is a diverse and mulitcultural school with children and families from all over the world and from different ethnicities. This diversity is also reflected in our staff at the school. We access funding for our children who do not have English as their first language from the Ministry of Education and this money provides in class and small group literacy support for these students.

We celebrate our diverse ethnicities and cultures at Mission Heights Primary and encourage pride in our home languages alongside English at school.


English Language Assistants  – ELAs

We  have English Language Learning Assistants to support the literacy needs of our ESOL students across all year levels in the school. The Learning Assistants work alongside the Learning Zone teacher to support small groups of students who have English language learning needs.

We are extremely lucky to have 4 Learning assistants who received a year long intensive training by the MoE  and are now fully qualified ELAs to work with our ESOL students.

ESOL Evening 2015

Each year in August we hold our ESOL information evening. It is great to catch up with both parents and students to share strategies and ideas that work for ESOL students and their second language development at this workshop.a chance to talkSami