English is compulsory for students from Years 7 – 12. In years 7 – 10 (Stages 4&5), the emphasis is on exploring and creating a range of text types across a variety of mediums: prose fiction, poetry, non-fiction, drama (including Shakespeare), multi-media and film.
The focus is on developing effective communication skills; therefore reading, writing, viewing, speaking, listening and representing are integrated into all stage programs. The programs themselves are devised to offer students a broad range of focuses that include: classical, multicultural, popular culture and genre based studies.
Students of all ability levels are catered for; with each year group comprised of two gifted and talented classes and a number of mixed ability classes. The nature of the English subject area allows students to experience a range of task types that may include practical, creative or group based activities.
For the senior years of study (Stage 6), all BOSTES courses are offered. Students are able to study English Studies, English as a Second Language, Standard, Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2. For students who require additional support in their senior studies, the Fundamentals course is an option that is also available to them.
In addition, the teachers within the English faculty work hard to provide students with a range of extra-curricular activities. Students are encouraged to participate in debating and public speaking competitions; The Whitlam Institute's What Matters, Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year; Dorothea Mackellar Poetry competition; Australian Schools English and Writing competitions; Film Making. Throughout the year several theatrical experiences and workshops are also made available to students.
English is a subject that supports students throughout their lives. At Castle Hill High, all students are given the opportunity to achieve to their potential, preparing them well for their lives as dynamic global citizens.