Being able to read, write and speak clearly and confidently are important skills in today’s society. The study of English develops all these skills as well as encouraging analytical and empathetic thinking. The introduction of the Australian Curriculum has seen the study of English broaden to include the completion of multi-modal presentations (both oral or written combined with visual), the use of ICT, the skills involved in research and the study of cultural texts that celebrate our diverse heritage.
Year 8 - 10
Students study a range of literature from novels, poems and short stories to films and images. Reading is encouraged through the completion of Reading Logs. Undertaking research into a genre or language area is an important skill for students and involves a broad range of reading material. Speaking and listening is developed through formal presentations and through group work. Debating is a lively and interesting way to promote persuasive language techniques.
Explicit teaching of different genres of writing is undertaken in order to promote writing skills. Essay and paragraph structure is discussed, as well as sentence structure and language techniques. Creative writing is encouraged and celebrated in our Undercurrent magazine and through entry into writing competitions.
Our world is very visual and so the teaching of a visual literacy is a key component of our courses. Students will critically view film as well as create multi-modal presentations. Through engaging with choices around visual presentations, students learn to manipulate their environment.
Years 11 and 12
Students continue to develop their literacy skills and broaden their thinking. The college offers two courses: Tertiary, that emphasizes the study of literature and language, and Accredited, that promotes a varied and practical English programme.
Focus in the senior school is on developing independent learners who can critically analyse texts as well as create their own texts.
Head of English
Mr Tim Bibbens