Welcome to Junior English

Writing an essay

Communication, in its various forms, is the basis of human relationships and is vital from the cradle to the grave.  English, as a subject, aims to teach students how to communicate effectively for different purposes and audiences in verbal and written forms and how to interpret the communications of others.

In Years 9 and 10 we lay the foundations for the skills required in the senior school.  Reading for enjoyment and knowledge, writing creatively and formally, listening effectively and speaking in front of an audience are our key areas of teaching and learning.  The students are taught and assessed using a variety of methods and technologies and have a mix of class-based assessments and examinations at the end of the year.  In Year 10, the students are given the opportunity to undertake two NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards – Personal Reading and Communicating Through Visual Texts.  This allows the students to begin Year 11 English confidently having already achieved six NCEA credits.