English at St Margaret’s provides all students with the opportunity to develop a rich understanding of the ways in which the English language operates in different contexts for a variety of purposes. The philosophy of our curriculum is to provide a balance between traditional literacies and those that are required to communicate effectively in our increasingly technological world.
Through English students learn to be
- confident and articulate communicators
- critical and imaginative thinkers
- active participants in society
- lifelong learners.
To develop these dispositions and skills they will
- engage with a broad range of written, spoken, visual and multimedia texts drawn from classic literature as well as contemporary media and popular culture
- create a variety of written, spoken and multimodal texts for a range of contexts, audiences and purposes
- practise their core literacy skills
- discover how texts can help them to develop a sense of themselves and the world around them
- enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of literary and non-literary texts through exploring how they shape perceptions of the world and offer opportunities to delve into the worlds of others
- foster empathy and an appreciation of different perspectives by engaging with texts from a range of cultures and time periods.
Subjects in the English Faculty are
- Junior English (Years 7 – 10)
- English Extension (Year 10)
- Senior English (Years 11 and 12)
- Extension English (Year 12 only)
- English for ESL Learners (Years 11 and 12)