Welcome to all students in 2017!
I'd like to extend an invitation to all parents, particularly those who are new to the school, to contact me whenever you have questions or concerns about your child's studies in English. I'm never too busy to address any concerns you may have regarding your child's learning. Schooling is a partnership and I believe parents should enjoy an active role in that partnership. We all want the best for your children.
The English Faculty is heavily involved in whole school activities and organisation.
- Mrs Wood is the Head Teacher. She organises and runs NAPLAN and spends much of her time supporting staff and students. She also organises some fun charity fundraisers when time allows. She initiated the primary school picture book readings, which enhance the primary partner linkages.
- Ms Gurr is Relieving Head Teacher and she will undertake all of Mrs Wood's duties when she is on leave. She will be leading the team in prioritising ALARM as a teaching and learning tool in the classroom, as well as ensuring the uptake of the use of the Google Suite across all English classes to help students become 21st Century learners and workplace ready. She is currently coordinating Peer Support.
- Mrs Chetty remains the official LaST (Learning and Support Teacher) and is a coordinator for the ICAS English Competition. She is responsible for ensuring equal access to the curriculum for all students.
- Mrs Etcell is one of our Drama Coordinators and is a coordinator for the ICAS English Competition.
- Mrs Hoskins assists our Careers Advisor with the organisation of some careers programs to help students transition to the workplace.
- Ms Borysiewicz is our Year 7/8 Debating and Public Speaking Coordinator.
- Mrs Coppock is another Drama Coordinator and she will be leading the school production again this year, with able assistance from Mrs Etcell and other staff. She is the Year 9/10 Debating and Public Speaking Coordinator as well as the technology coordinator, mentoring teachers in the Faculty to learn Google Suites. Mrs Coppock is also the school's Gifted and Talented Coordinator.
- Mrs Cook and Ms Apolloni are our temporary teachers who have excellent credentials, including experience with the new Textual Concepts approach to teaching English and programming to cater for diverse student learning needs.
All English staff act as mentors for Year 12 and offer support to all school activities. The staff are very approachable and happy to offer support and guidance when needed.
Literacy is important
- We will again dedicate one period a week of our English lessons to the development of literacy skills through an Extension Reading and Writing Program in Years 7-10. All students have access to the marking guidelines for NAPLAN so that they will be able to understand the expectations for better achievement. An assessment task is attached to this program, which requires students to submit work three times a term in Terms 1 to 3, and teachers will provide feedback and include necessary corrections to the writing. All students will have access to a spelling list, and they will be tested at regular intervals.
- Years 7 and 8 are focusing on the ALARM matrix as a means to understanding texts. Students choose their own text to read and respond to in order to ensure their engagement with the text.
- Years 9 and 10 are focusing on their writing through a study of short stories and applying their understanding to compose their own narratives. Choosing their own genre and narrative form will ensure their engagement with the task.
- All of our teachers have formal grammar training and will be able to extend or remediate the content of our programs. We aim to offer some home activities on our website in the near future where students can practise their skills.
Reading and completing work not finished in class form the basis of the faculty's homework policy. Assessment tasks will also require some home time for preparation.
We will continue to offer before, after school, lunch time and holiday support for all of our students. As you may be aware students are welcome to use technology to seek advice and feedback at any time from their teachers.
As a result of the Australian Curriculum, we have developed new units of work which will be interesting and engaging for our students and include mandatory cross-curriculum content. Throughout the years, students will be required to respond to texts in a variety of ways to ensure fairness, as different students thrive in different forms of response – written, spoken, listening, and viewing and representing.
Year 7 begin the year with a unit called Craft and Artistry which asks students to explore how ideas are represented and will experiment with their understanding of how meaning is conveyed through the clever use of literary techniques. Throughout the year, students will be studying the following units: Media Matters, Close Study of Novel (Fairytales and Myths), and Perspectives on Sustainability.
Year 8 begin with a concept unit about Difference and Diversity which promotes understanding and offers students opportunities to share ideas about the importance of empathy. Throughout the year, students will be studying the following units: Art of Persuasion: Advertising, Close Study of Novel (Hero's Journey), and Picture Books.
Year 9 begin with a unit called Shakespeare Rox! which will provide them an opportunity to focus on the form of the tragedy and focus on the concept of conflict. They will be learning more about persuasive writing in readiness for NAPLAN in this unit. Throughout the year, students will be studying the following units: Representation of Adolescence, Close Study of Novel (Young Adult), and Protest.
Year 10 begin with a film study focusing on Voices. This unit is a close study of the film ‘Power of One' and challenges the students to explore how various perspectives are represented in a text. Throughout the year, students will be studying the following units: Contextual Poetry, Drama Study (either Shakespeare or a modern drama), and Close Study of Novel (Genre study).
Year 11 Standard and Advanced students begin an Area of Study on the concept of Journeys. They will explore the concept through a range of texts. They are expected to read widely and have been given direction on our expectations. This unit also sees students analysing texts for meaning.
Year 11 Extension 1 students are completing a unit on Texts, Contexts and Values, exploring the evolution of crime fiction and the appropriation of texts over time.
Year 11 English Studies students are completing a unit on The Big Screen: English in Film Making.
Year 12 Advanced English students are completing their Module A: Comparative Study on Intertextual Perspectives focusing on the texts Metropolis and 1984. The students will visit the theatre in May for a performance of relevant scenes of The Tempest that are connected to their Area of Study: Discovery.
Year 12 Standard English students are completing a unit on The Shoe Horn Sonata and will see a performance in May in connection with their Module A: Experience through Language unit called Distinctively Visual.
Year 12 English Studies are studying an extended unit on The Big Screen: English in Film Making.
Parents should know that we value their support at home and appreciate the lengths to which they go when supporting their children with homework and assessment tasks. We ask that you encourage your children to complete their own work and if students are struggling, please let the class teacher know rather than do it for them. The staff are very willing to assist all students. I remind you that I welcome phone calls to discuss any of your concerns.
Have a great year!