Bayswater: More than 40 languages represented on Hillcrest Primary School’s new welcome sign

L-R: Year 6 Head Girl Denise Nguyen (12) and Year 6 Head Boy Byron Murphy (12) with the new welcome sign at Hillcrest Primary School. Picture: David Baylis
L-R: Year 6 Head Girl Denise Nguyen (12) and Year 6 Head Boy Byron Murphy (12) with the new welcome sign at Hillcrest Primary School. Picture: David Baylis

ARABIC, Punjabi and Mandarin are among more than 40 different languages highlighted on Hillcrest Primary School’s new welcome sign.

For a third of the students at the Bayswater school, English is their second language.

Other languages include Somali, Malay, Polish, Vietnamese, Japanese, Maori, Urdu, Noongar and Dari.

The sign was placed on September 14.

Principal Liz Ford said the school wanted everyone to feel welcome and the sign was the first thing people would see when they enter the grounds.

“Parents, staff and students have all stopped to have a look and we love seeing their big smiles when they find the language they speak,” she said.

“It’s really important for us to celebrate and recognise the diversity we have at Hillcrest, and ensure everyone feels valued.”