The BBC's Jon Donnison visits one of Australia's bilingual English-Mandarin schools, where students learn to master the Asian language in an immersive Chinese environment.
If all schools were like this in Australia, you could imagine the country would be well on its way to be multilingual. But Richmond West is very much an exception.
"If you thought this was typical, it's not," says Lloyd Mitchell, the school's principal.
"There would probably be less than 10 schools across the country that are teaching bilingual immersion programmes in an Asian language."