English is essential in all areas at school, college, university and work. English focuses on the use of the English language and the study of literature. Included in our curriculum are spoken, visual and written forms of communication. Students learn through speaking, listening, reading, viewing, writing and the use of information technology. This also includes spelling, grammar and linguistic features in written and spoken language. Students read, view and create texts to explore ideas and test perceptions in creative and imaginative ways. Appreciation and enjoyment of language and literature helps students to become independent learners and develop an ever-widening language repertoire for personal and public use in contemporary society.

Students are encouraged to participate in poetry and writing competitions, debating, state and national competitions, excursions, workshops and seminars. Students are expected to read a range of texts for course requirements and for personal enjoyment.

Particular emphasis is placed on:

  • writing appropriately and correctly for a wide variety of purposes and audiences
  • writing expressively about thoughts, feelings, opinions and ideas
  • formal study of literature
  • developing skills in teamwork
  • speaking confidently in formal and informal situations and with members of the wider community
  • developing a critical understanding of the mass media
  • developing skills in responding creatively to texts.