In English, students engage with a range of texts to appreciate the social, imaginative and aesthetic uses of language. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. Studying English helps students to enjoy language and empowers them as purposeful, critical and creative language users. The study of English at Bray Park State High School aims to develop literacy levels and improve communication skills enabling our students’ to become lifelong learners.
The curriculum for Junior Secondary students at Bray Park State High School aligns with the National Curriculum and focuses on the building of literacy, literature (in its various contexts) and language. Students will complete six assessments throughout the academic year, two of which will be oral assessments. Students will explore a range of genres, will deconstruct and create texts and will explore language choices and writing techniques. The use of ICTs in embedded into the program. This technology is regularly utilised when students are making formal oral presentations, in dramatic presentations to an audience, when writing and editing written work and when producing digital films and digital audio recordings. Students can also access Green Screen technology when filming.
Three courses of study are available for selection by Senior School students. Senior English (OP subject) is the required pathway for those intending to pursue university study. Students aiming to attend TAFE are encouraged to select the English Communication course (non-OP). Gifted and Talented students in Year 12 are encouraged to select the English Extension (OP) course. This is a challenging course intended to assist students to analyse text and prepare them for university study. In all three courses of study, written and oral components are assessed and ICTs are embedded into the program.
Faculty Enrichment Programs
The English Faculty provides many enrichment programs for students.
A variety of writing and public speaking competitions throughout the year, such as the ICAS International English Competition.
Visits by performers, guest speakers, author workshops and attendance at the annual Gifted and Talented Conference.
English Extension is offered to the Gifted and Talented English students as a one year course in Year 12.
A Speech and Debating Club has been established.
Students are active in the Film-making Club. Completed student work is premiered at our Bray Park State High School Short Film Festival.