The English Department seeks to provide students with the skills necessary to participate in life-long learning as active citizens shaping the future.
To achieve this students need to:
- make meanings in and of everyday, mass media and literary texts
- develop abilities in speaking, writing, reading and viewing practices
- become confident, effective and critical users of texts and language, making judgments to accept or challenge meanings
Head of Department
Ms Rozalie Ferris
English students in Years 8, 9 and 10 engage with poetry, drama, novels, mass media and everyday texts. The course is progressive with the expectation that students will move from the basic and simple texts and genres to mastering the complex ones by the end of Year 10.They are assessed in Writing, Reading and Speaking.
Year 8, 9 and 10 English Units include:
- Constructing Narratives — students write narratives and examine their structure and purpose.
- Biographical Writing — students read both autobiographies and biographies and construct their own..
- Language and Power — students write and examine print media texts.
- Crisis and Conflict — students examine how war and conflict is represented in various texts.
Senior English is an Authority subject which means it can count in the calculation of OPs and FPs.
This course covers two years (four semesters) and is designed to become progressively more difficult over that period.
All work in Year 11 is formative and does not contribute directly to the level of achievement assigned to a student at the end of Year 12. All work in Year 12 is summative.
A Sound Achievement in Senior English is a pre-requisite for almost all university courses.
- Semester 1 – Exploring Texts
- Semester 2 – Identity Semester
- Semester 3 – Contemporary Discourses
- Semester 4 – Different Times/Different Texts
English for ESL Learners
English for ESL Learners is an Authority subject which means it can be included in the calculation of OPs.
It is a course which is specifically designed for students who have English as their second language.
The course studies three (3) areas - Language for Academic Learning, Language of Literature and Language of the media. Eligibility must be confirmed by the Principal.
- Semester 1 – Language for Academic Learning - This is Australia
- Semester 2 – Everyone has a Voice
- Semester 3 – Families of the World
- Semester 4 – Exploring Texts
English Communication is an Authority-registered subject. Results in Authority-registered are not included in the calculation of OPs.
This course is offered in Years 11 and 12 and covers two years (four semesters). This study area encourages students to focus on the understanding and use of the process of communication.
Throughout the program of study, students develop the communication skills that enable them to function effectively in the contexts of work, community and leisure. This course prepares students for Certificate courses at TAFE.
Life, Love and Cricket, Facing Adversity, Novel, World Travel, Crime Time, Sight and Sound.
Literacy is an Authority-registered subject. Results in Authority-registered subjects are not included in the calculation of OPs.
This course is offered in Years 11 and 12 and covers two years (four semesters).
It caters to students with particular language needs. It offers students the chance to build, consolidate and/or extend skills in literacy through general units of study.
The core of this course is the Basic Skills Unit which is used for the initial identification of the level of student needs, and as recurring reinforcement of basic literacy skills.
English Curriculum Information
Further information on all department curriculum offerings are offered in pdf files by clicking the links below:
Senior Subject Information
Junior Subject Information