English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.
In English, students learn about the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected. Complexity increases as students progress through their schooling.
Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators; critical and imaginative thinkers; lifelong learners; and informed, active participants in Australian society. Their understanding of English through knowledge and skills acquisition is essential to their intellectual, social and emotional development.
The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.
In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:
- English Extension 2
- English Extension 1
- English Advanced
- English Standard
- English Studies
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
- English Life Skills.
The English Faculty is a passionate and dedicated faculty with extensive HSC experience in the construction and delivery of the Stage 6 English Course. Our highly qualified staff HSC marking expertise, along with Postgraduate Tertiary qualifications in the areas of Educational Leadership, Literary Theory and Gifted and Talented Education.
The English Faculty provides effective and meaningful learning opportunities for students of all abilities and post-school aspirations to achieve to their full potential. With a focus on real-world relevance and personal connections within with the framework of the Stage 6 Syllabi and, our programs allow students to deeply engage with their learning and the broader world around them to instil the values, attitudes and skills of life-long learners.
The English Faculty offer a range of opportunities to support students achieve to their full potential, including:
The English Hub: The English Hub is an effective and highly valued means to provide additional support for students to develop and expand their skills in English. This is offered to students of all levels and is particularly important for Senior students wishing to increase their outcomes in both coursework and assessments.
English and Gifted and Talented Education: The English Faculty is an advocate for supporting the achievement of gifted and talented students. This is achieved in the Junior years through the English Enrichment Program and the RHS QUEST Enrichment extra-curricular program, run in Years 7-10. This support of talented and high-achieving students is continued in the Senior years through the provision of Extension 1 and Extension 2 English courses in Year 11 and 12 respectively. This is an excellent opportunity for highly passionate and highly dedicated English students to pursue their passions and talents in Stage 6 and beyond.
Please visit the below websites for access to English resources for senior students:
- no fear Shakespeare website
- spark notes website