The English Learning Area provides students with the opportunity to learn how the English language works and how to use it effectively. The English Curriculum is based on the five outcomes of Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Viewing and strives to improve student educational outcomes and development. Students engage in a challenging and rewarding program of work each term which seeks to promote Language, Literature and Literacy in everyday lives. We strongly encourage students to enter writing and public speaking events.
Lower School courses have been written to accommodate the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. With a very diverse cohort, we have an extension class in Year 7 for students needing intensive reading, writing and spelling through The Sound Way program. High achieving students with tertiary aspirations in Years 7 to 10 are placed in the enrichment classes to challenge and extend them.
Comparability of classes is achieved through moderation, tests and examinations.
We have purchased a class set of iPads to enable students to enter the world of online literacy and encourage those EAL/D students to closely examine grammar and punctuation.
Year 7 and 9 students are required to sit the NAPLAN test early in Term Two. Those students who do not meet the benchmark need to sit the OLNA (Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment) during Year 10. After school classes are offered for extra assistance to prepare for OLNA.
All students study English in Upper School. We offer ATAR English and ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect units for those students considering attending university or higher education. We also offer General English and General English as an Additional Language or Dialect classes for students wishing to undertake vocational options or TAFE at the end of Year 12.
These courses are designed to cater to the diverse needs of our students and provide them with every opportunity for success. Eligibility for enrolment into EAL/D units is outlined by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
In Year 10, selected students participate in the ORACY Australia public speaking program which is a prestigious external program that has international recognition. Our students consistently achieve outstanding results while gaining highly proficient skills in public speaking.
Year 10 students are also selected to compete in the Rotary Four-Way Speaking Test which usually runs through to Year 11.
HEAD OF LEARNING AREA: MS CORRINA MARKICH
Ms Shirley Leddy
Ms Karalee Blake
Mrs Keri Tringas
Mrs Giuseppina Fuda
Mrs Aoife Macaodhain