English

English

English at year 9 and 10 follows the National Curriculum


As an addition to the English and Drama Departments, students participate in Theatre Sports and  Shakespeare competitions. More details can be found here.

NCEA English

English Level 1

Students will read a range of text types such as film, novels, plays, poetry, short stories and a range of media types. A range of response skills will be developed to enhance student understanding of the world around them. The responses and assessments will take a variety of forms including oral presentations, written presentations and visual presentations. Strong English skills are important in all subjects in the workplace, in life and in relationships. You will also develop critical thinking skills which are essential in dealing with the huge amount of information presented daily by the media. Success in most subjects will depend on strong English communication skills because you must be able to demonstrate the quality of your thinking both orally and in writing. It is expected that students in the English 1 class enter the ICAS English exam. 

Alternative Level 1 

English skills are extremely important in all subjects in the workplace, in life and in relationships. You will also develop the skills of critical thinking which are essential in dealing with the huge amount of information presented daily by the media. Success in most subjects will depend on strong English communication skills because you must be able to demonstrate the quality of your thinking both orally and in writing. This class will offer a selection of standards with at least 14 credits that students will have the opportunity to work through at their own pace. Emphasis will be on gaining Level 1 literacy (10 credits) and 10 credits in Level 1 English.

English Level 2 

It is important to understand that a much higher level of achievement than basic literacy is required if a student is to achieve success at Level 2 English. Universities demand that students wishing to gain entry must have achieved University Entrance literacy. University Entrance literacy can be achieved in either the Eng2, EnA2 or Eng3 course. It is expected that students in Level 2 English course enter the ICAS English examinations. Students will also have the opportunity to attend the occasional Drama or film as part of this course. The teachers of each of the Year 12 classes will present a course based on a selection from the standards below that are considered most appropriate for the class. It is expected that students in the English 2 class enter the ICAS English exam.

English Level 3 & Scholarship 

NCEA English Level 3 requires a high standard of reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Students will study a range of text types such as film, novels, plays, poetry, short stories and a range of media types. Assessments and responses to texts will take a variety of forms including oral presentations, written presentations and visual presentations. It is expected that students in Level 3 English enter the ICAS English examination. It is expected that students in the English 3 class enter the ICAS English exam.