English

Head of English
Academic Director
Associate Dean Upper School
Gifted & Talented Programme 
Dean Y9 Leadership Programme
Claire Potter
English / Humanities
In English we inspire a lifetime love of literature and language. Because success in English is fundamental to success across the curriculum, we emphasise the pleasure that comes through a knowledge and understanding of the English language and its literature.

Years 7 and 8

English classes offer daily opportunities to explore your creative potential.

At Years 7 and 8 we focus on making and creating meaning through a variety of enjoyable contexts: studying a range of written, visual and oral texts, involvement in activities such as Book Day, regular library sessions, and visiting guest speakers.

PAT tests help us monitor your progress, identify strengths and weakness and develop ways in which we can best support your learning.

Years 9

English at Year 9 focuses on making and creating meaning through a variety of enjoyable contexts: studying a range of written, visual and oral texts and involvement in activities such as theatre visits, debating, regular library sessions and writing competitions.

We develop your critical thinking skills in relation to language and literature. A full range of communication skills is taught, with a particular focus on engaging with the meaning in stories. PAT tests help us monitor your progress, identify strengths and weakness and develop ways in which we can best support your learning.

Year 10

English focuses on making and creating meaning through a variety of enjoyable contexts and studying a range of written, visual and oral texts. You will be involved in activities such as Shakespeare performances, debating, library sessions and writing competitions.

We continue to develop your critical thinking skills in relation to studied texts as well as language work. English has an integrated approach to learning through different media, drama, role play and technology.

Year 11

At Year 11, a rich and varied programme allows the majority of students to achieve all of the standards on offer. A balance of internal and external assessments covers the strands of the curriculum: making and creating meaning. You will develop creative and formal writing skills,comprehension skills in relation to written texts, effective communication skills through visual as well as spoken language, and study a variety of engaging written, visual and oral texts. A personal reading standard encourages you to flourish as a reader. Cultivate your interest in all things English by involvement in activities such as debating, theatre trips, and speaking and writing competitions.

Years 12 and 13

English at Years 12 and 13 highlights the pleasure that comes through an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the English language and its literature.

Year 12 (Compulsory)
The Year 12 English programme is rich and varied. You will develop creative and formal writing skills, analysis skills in relation to a range of texts, effective communication skills and explore a variety of engaging written, visual and oral texts.

You may elect to join the Year 12 Advanced English Programme. This is a challenging and intensive programme, which explores a wealth of literature from around the world. If you are a voracious reader, this is for you. Entry to this class will be at the discretion of the Head of Department.

You are expected to achieve a minimum of 15 credits at Level 2, to proceed to Level 3 (Year 13) English.

We encourage you to further foster your interest in all things English by being involved in a wide range of English-related activities, such as debating and writing and speaking competitions.

Year 13 (Option)
The Year 13 English programme places emphasis on the skills of analysis, literary appreciation and writing skills applicable across all disciplines. You will engage in in-depth study of different genres and texts, including a Shakespearean play; delivery of a seminar and extended writing.

You may elect to join the Advanced English Programme. This is a challenging and exhilarating programme which includes an introduction to critical theory and demands sound independent reading habits. It specifically prepares for the Scholarship English examination. Entry to this class may be at the discretion of the Head of Department.

While English becomes optional at Year 13, please note that it is a required area of study for entry to many Australian universities, and a number of tertiary courses in New Zealand.


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