English

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller

English at Mount Stromlo High School

At Mount Stromlo High School we aim to engage students in the subject of English; challenging and deepening their understanding of literature, literacy and language. 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.

The Australian Curriculum: 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
  • develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

Teachers use the Australian Curriculum for English to develop learning opportunities for students. Students are given the opportunity to engage with a variety of texts including; novels, films, plays, Shakespeare, poetry, short stories, picture books, advertising materials and live performances. They listen to, read, view, interpret, evaluate and perform a range of spoken, written and multimodal texts in which the primary purpose is aesthetic, as well as texts designed to inform and persuade. Students develop their understanding of how texts, including media texts, are influenced by context, purpose and audience.

Students are given the opportunity to:

  • work independently and in groups
  • share ideas with others
  • speak formally and informally for different purposes and audiences
  • listen reflectively to others
  • read for pleasure
  • write in a range of forms
  • respond creatively to texts

Extracurricular

Students are encouraged to join the debating club. The debating club meets once a week to learn and practice the skill of debate. Students are able to participate in formalised debating competitions which take place outside of school.

Students are able to participate in a variety of competitions in particular LitLinks writing competition and the Dorothea Mackellar poetry competition. In 2018 we had 3 major awards winners in the LitLinks writing competition.