Developing literacy and language skills for schooling and beyond.

Our English department recognises the need for a strong base in literacy and language skills for students to truly understand the world around them.

The English Learning Area’s focus is on developing the language and literacy skills of all students. We use the Western Australian Curriculum and SCSA courses of study to develop programs designed to engage our students in activities that extend their knowledge and understanding of the English language, texts and the world around us.

English aims to ensure that students:

  • Learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose.
  • Appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue.
  • Understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning

Each year, the English Learning Area develops a program of incursions and excursions that aim to provide additional learning experiences beyond the classroom. These usually include performances by storytellers, poets and actors as well as workshops on writing and visual texts.

We aim to prepare our students to successfully participate in NAPLAN and OLNA with close attention to language skills. Our students are provided with individualised learning in the lead up to these important standardised tests.