Junior English

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 according to individual needs and abilities. There is 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 in Oral Presentation and Communicating Through Visual Texts. This allows the students to begin Year 11 English confidently having already achieved six NCEA credits.

Senior English

What’s black and white and red all over? A. A newspaper; B. A novel; C. A student’s essay.

Yes: it’s C! The Senior English Department takes great pride in giving valuable written feedback, via its red biro brigade, to students on all aspects of their work, because we want students to build on their learning and really engage with their work. We offer not only challenging lessons with a variety of activities, but tutorials, Saturday English practice examinations and Period 6 Wednesday help. What is covered is similar in NCEA Levels 1-3: Reading: researching, reading for enjoyment, analysing, looking at range of texts. Writing: in a range of styles on a variety of contemporary topics. Viewing: films, advertisements, static images. Presenting: making connections between texts.