Leader of Learning - English & LOTE - Mr Aidan Linehan

The English curriculum allows students to develop and expand their literacy skills by engaging them with the power of words and images to nurture a love of English. With a wide variety of immersive English curriculum opportunities available, St Joseph’s aims to help students express themselves and their ideas with fluency and clarity, ensuring that positive interactions and a respect for diversity is fostered.

Reading for pleasure is also incorporated into lessons providing students with the opportunity to read materials which satisfy their interests and capabilities. Across the College, the use of a common approach to writing (TEEEC paragraph structure) has been implemented to enhance the capacity and sophistication of the student’s writing.

English is studied by all students in:

  • Year 7
  • Year 8
  • Year 9
  • Year 10
  • Year 11
  • Year 12

Students in Years 9 and 10 are exposed to original and interpretive productions of Shakespeare. Each year the students undertake an annual excursion to Sydney to experience a theatrical production of the Shakespeare play that aligns with the curriculum being study.

Students in Years 11 and 12 may choose to study English at a variety of levels:

  • English Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
  • English Extension 1
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Studies

Students in all year groups are given the opportunity to participate in a broad range of extra-curricular activities including:

  • Debating competitions
  • Public Speaking competitions
  • Creative Writing competitions
  • Poetry Writing competitions
  • Film Festivals.