English is a core study for all students in Australia. The development of English skills in a student is not only essential to their education but to their life in the community and their place in the world. Studying English helps students to be able to analyse, communicate and understand the world around them. It enables them to transition from secondary education to further education, into the workplace and to become active members of society. In an increasingly globalised world, a high level of English proficiency is expected in the workplace and is an invaluable skill for students.
Our English curriculum focuses on the core English skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students understand how English is used in both written and spoken forms, and study a range of written and non-written texts to develop their skills in comprehension, learn how texts are used to convey messages and ideas, and to persuade and argue. The texts students study include a number of well known novels, films and plays, such as Holes, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas and Macbeth. Australian English basics such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation are essential to furthering a student’s English skills and form the basis of the English curriculum.
The VCAA On Demand Testing program enables teachers to assess a student’s level of English proficiency and combined with our smaller class sizes allows teachers to tailor the curriculum to each student’s English capability level, and accommodate for more one-on-one interaction with students. The school caters for students of all levels of English proficiency, including those who do not speak English as their first language.
Students in Years 7 – 9 are expected to complete their English Rules homework book each week and learn the words in their spelling list. Students in Years 10 – 12 are expected to complete the homework tasks as assigned to them by their English teacher.