Skip Navigation LinksHome > Curriculum > Subject areas > English


​​​​​English is taught with the aim of developing a students’ comprehension, and their ability to express themselves clearly and confidently.

Contact details for the Head of Department are listed under the Leadership and Management Team.


In the first instance, we encourage students to see their English teacher if they need extra help. Some teachers make themselves available for student consultations at specific times each week, while others respond to student requests – ‘by appointment’.
All students are welcome to experience the productive learning environment of the school library on Monday to Thursday afternoons for Homework Club. Homework Club is supported by teacher aides and peer supporters. Some English teacher may attend these sessions, depending on student requests for assistance. 

Subjects​ offered

Please refer to the Junior Course Guide and Senior Course Guide​ for further information on English subjects and prerequisites.

English subjects offered for junior and senior students
Year level Subjects offered
Year 7, 8 and 9
  • English
  • Aspire English
Year 10

  • Preparatory English
  • Preparatory Essential English
  • Preparatory Literature
  • Accelerated English 

​Year 11
  • English
  • Essential English
  • Literature
Year 12
  • English
  • Essential English
  • Literature
  • English and Literature Extension


The English faculty encourages all students to participate in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS).

ICAS provides an opportunity for students to gain a measure of their own achievement in an external assessment situation. It provides schools and teachers with comprehensive reporting of results and provides parents with information regarding their child's performance. All students receive a certificate and an individual student record indicating which questions they answered correctly, and an average mark for the state.

Dates for 2020:

​​ICAS subjectICAS sitting date​Closing date​​Fees
​Writing (Year 7-12)Week 6, Term 3 
(During week commencing Monday 17 August)
​English (Year 7-12)Week 7, Term 3
(During week commencing Monday 24 August)

ICAS English competition

All students in Year 7-12 will have the opportunity to sit the ICAS English competition.
It contains 45-60 items (depending on the year level) and requires students to apply their knowledge to understand information in and about texts. 

ICAS entry process - English / Writing

Entry/consent forms for ICAS English and ICAS Writing competitions will become available on this page early in Term 2. Signed entry/consent forms and payments must be submitted to the B Block Finance Counter by the due dates (to be advised). 
Reading lists and further activities

The English faculty provides extra reading lists for all year levels to help with their learning. Download information for the suggested reading lists for Year 10 - 12:

Parent Information Session Resources

‘Information regarding selection for Year 10 Accelerated English and Year 12 English and Literature Extension will be released in Term 2, 2020. Parents and guardians will be notified by email.