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Select Entry Language Immersion Program

  • The program will go ahead in 2021 – apply by 30th May
  • The entry testing will not take place, in its place a ranking will be conducted by assessing latest student reports, naplan data, and a primary school teacher reference
  • All forms and info material in this page have been updated 
  • All fees associated with immersion testing are waived for this year. 

Gladstone Park Secondary College is very excited to be able to offer a Select Entry Language Immersion Program!

Gladstone Park is the first secondary school in Victoria to offer Italian utilising this methodology. Language Immersion, also known as CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), is the most effective form of bilingual education designed for students with high communication skills.

Immersion learning is significantly enriching and is a very common practice overseas, especially in Europe and in North America, while in Australia it is offered by only few private schools. Immersion is a revolutionary concept because, by enabling students to learn a language through content, as happens in real life, it leads to a more engaging and relevant process of language acquisition.

How it works…

Immersion students at Gladstone Park Secondary College experience the full breadth of the curriculum offered at our college while studying Mathematics, History and Geography in Italian from Year 7 to Year 9. During the Italian language classes students learn new vocabulary and grammar that will facilitate their understanding of the abovementioned subjects. The course will be highly ICT based.

In Year 10 Language Immersion students will have the choice to study Year 11 LOTE Italian, and will have the choice to study an additional VCE subject. In Year 11, Immersion students, study Year 12 Italian. By the completion of Year 12 Immersion students will have a great range of VCE subjects from which their ATAR is then calculated. At VCE level there are further advantages of studying Italian, in that, it is generally scaled up to recognize the complexity of the subject. They are also awarded automatic bonus points for entry into particular courses at The University of Melbourne, Monash University and Australian National University.


  • Closing date for applications: Saturday 30th May 2020

Language Immersion Brochure available to view  Click here

Language Immersion Information for Parents  Click here

Immersion Teaching Methodology video  Click here

Student Reference Form (Word Doc)  Click here

To register for the Language Immersion Program, fill in and return the application form below:

2021 Entrance intake form

* Together with your application please provide your child’s most recent school report and their Year 5 NAPLAN results. These can be dropped to the school in the grey letterbox to the right of the library doors, sent to Annalisa Nardi via mail or you can email them to

Media – Newspaper/Magazine articles:

The 2 links below will direct you to the latest interviews and articles by SBS Radio and The Age Newspaper.

Leader Newspaper Article

Inspire Magazine December 2011

Monica Roccuzzo and Emilio Gokcek, two students from Gladstone Park Secondary College talked with SBS Radio about climate change, sharing their perspectives and their solutions –

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