Language shapes our understanding of our identity and the world, allowing us to communicate our ideas and perspectives effectively. As such, the study of English is compulsory in Years 9 and 10.

By studying English in Year 9 and Year 10, students will gain an appreciation of language and literature, becoming increasingly proficient responders and composers. By studying a wide range of increasingly complex texts in spoken, written and visual forms, students will understand how language shapes meaning.

Students in Year 9 English study a range of interesting units that build skills in creative and critical compositions, such as our genre study of dystopian literature, a unit on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and a unit on performance poetry.

Students in Year 10 English, develop deep understanding of concepts that underpin English through units that promote critical thinking, creativity and communication, such as in a unit on documentaries and media literacy, a unit on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and a unit that explores identity and culture in an increasingly globalised context.

In Years 9 and 10, students will respond to and engage with quality literature from diverse contexts, as well as develop their own imaginative prowess by composing their own texts, encouraging them to become creative and critical thinkers. Additionally, students will develop articulate and coherent skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing, ensuring that they become effective and confident communicators in our world.

We run five English classes in both Years 9 and 10 (dependent on student numbers), and students are ability-grouped to ensure their teacher can best accommodate their learning needs and provide appropriate extension or remedial support.

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