We, the teachers in the English KLA at St Mary’s Catholic College Casino, are in a unique position to prepare students for adult life. It is the primary means by which we relate to others and is central to the intellectual, social and emotional development of all students. Language shapes our understanding of ourselves and the world. Students, through their experiences in English can acquire the skills, knowledge and the possibility of greater awareness of injustice and a new respect in personal attitudes.
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. It supports the development and expression of a system of personal values, based on students understanding of moral and ethical matters, and gives expression to their hopes and ideals. The new Australian Curriculum for English was implemented in 2015 and centres around three basic tenets: literature, literacy and language.
In each Stage, students study examples of print, spoken, visual, media, multimedia and digital texts. They will respond to and compose texts using key skills in reading and writing, speaking and listening, and viewing and representing.
In Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) students may choose to study within the following English courses:
- Standard English
- Advanced English
- English Studies (Non-ATAR)
- Extension English 1
- Extension English 2