English is studied throughout Years 7 to 12. English offers students the chance to critically analyse and explore a range of texts such as fiction, drama, poetry, film, multi-media and media. Students engage in the close reading of texts and wide reading of a range of different kinds of texts. Students explore texts through a balance of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing.
English offers an array of activities such as debating competitions, public speaking competitions and excursions and incursions, for example, to view a play being performed.
In Years 11 and 12 students can choose from Advanced English, Standard English, ESL English or English Studies. Extension English and Fundamentals of English are one unit courses that our students also study and are offered in Year 11.
English student work samples
They told me to write about life,
So instead I wrote about death.
It seems we are so caught up in staying alive,
We’ve forgotten ‘bout all the living we have left.
Our lives have become less and less social,
To a point, we’re dependent on our laptops & phones.
A place where we have over three hundred “friends”,
Yet we still feel so alone.
This is a place where we post photos online,
Showing the world what we have to share.
But would these experiences be worth it,
If no one else was there?
Our lives that we are currently living,
Are not being lived at all.
What if you could start back at year one,
When all you could do was crawl?
Would you change the friends you’ve met?
Or go out and change the rules?
Would you follow a certain person,
Or act like a complete fool?
Today we are too controlled by our elders,
Who lay out their expectations.
Do we really want these “role models”
To become our inspirations?
See, your life is filled with wasted moments,
So don’t just sit around lying,
‘Cause every moment you don’t spend living,
You are just simply
Tree of Life
I am the pages of a book
Where readers find sanctuary.
I am the solace of lovers
Their names etched into my skin.
My eyes see all
The never-ending wars
The bodies of lost kin.
My bones are the houses
And the ashes.
My soul is the energy
On which all survives.
The Tree of Life.
Would you like a free rug with that?
How about a free mirror to go with your table?
The making of me
Students study Ancient History because it provides them with opportunities to satisfy their fascination and interest in the stories of the past and the mysteries of human behaviour. It allows them to develop and apply the research skills and methodologies of the historian and archaeologist. It equips students to question critically and interpret written and archaeological sources for the evidence they provide about the ancient world.
The study of Modern History allows students to consider the great social, technological, economic, political and moral transformations from the late 19th century to the present. It requires students to analyse the sources, causes, progress and effects of these transformations and, finally, to make judgements about them.
The faculty offers the following courses in Years 11-12:
- Modern History
- Ancient History
- History Extension
Drama is an art form that explores the world through enactment. It is a collaborative art form that involves the creative interaction of individuals using a range of artistic skills. Drama is an important means of understanding, constructing, appreciating and communicating social and cultural values.
In Drama, students can investigate, shape and symbolically represent ideas, feelings, attitudes, beliefs and their consequences. By studying this major art form students acquire skills in interpretation, communication, performance and critical analysis and become aware of the technical processes and technologies that may be used to heighten dramatic presentation. In the critical study of drama and theatre students can recognise the collaborative contribution of actors, directors, playwrights, designers and technicians to production. They develop an understanding of the cultural traditions and social contexts of drama and theatre.
Our students study Drama one period a fortnight in Years 7 and 8 and then can choose the subject as an elective in Years 9 to 12.