In our English Learning Area we focus on developing essential language and literacy skills of all students. Both Functional and Critical literacy is addressed in all years by creating programs that are designed to engage the students in practical and authentic activities promoting effective communication skills and extending students’ knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of texts.
While maintaining the traditional focus on contemporary texts, film, media study and writing for a range of audiences, students have the opportunity to incorporate technology in the presentation their work. The range of tasks provided offers opportunities for creative and transactional writing so that our orators, poets and story writers can engage in state and national competitions while developing their analytical skills in essay writing, form filling or writing instructions.
Years 7-10 The focus on Language, Literacy and Literature sees a wide range of texts studies including contemporary and classic texts that demonstrate Australian and other cultural influences. We engage our students with a range of stimulating texts that include: novels; short stories; poetry; graphic novels and picture books; non-fiction reading such as biographies and feature articles.
Our Multi-Lit and Soundways Program is offered for some students to assist in further developing their language, reading, phonics and handwriting skills. These transferable skills will assist students in their performance across the curriculum. Our Academic Extension Academy also ensures that our most able are suitably challenged to enable every student to achieve their personal best.
Years 11-12 Our students are able to engage in ATAR or General English and English Literature. Here we build on the foundation created in Lower school to further hone their critical and creative thinking, their literacy skills and to refine student’s capacity to write and speak appropriately for audience and purpose to set them up for future success beyond college in their chosen pathway.