English

Head of Department:  Bronwyn Davies
Assistant HOD:  Ashley Bell and Simon Blandford

English allows us to communicate with other people and to explore different worlds through a variety of medium such as novels, films and plays.  Our courses are designed to be enjoyable and challenging for students of all skill levels and we hope to instill a life-time love of language and literature.  Junior students are introduced to English as an academic subject and senior students (Year 11 – Year 13) work towards NCEA qualifications and NZ Scholarship as appropriate.  Every lesson is grounded in the teaching of core literacy skills and we have developed a support programme for students struggling in this area.  We also provide extension opportunities which begin in Year 9 and culminate with a successful Scholarship programme in Year 13.

Our aim in the English Department is to foster young women who can communicate clearly, think critically and appreciate literature.  We also wish to encourage our students to participate in a variety of related activities such as debating, public speaking and writing competitions.

The Junior English programme focuses on developing the core skills of accurate writing, reading critically and speaking confidently.  The Senior English programme has a variety of courses available and we endeavour to place students in the programme which best suits their learning needs.

As a department we are proud of the work we do and of the results gained by the students.  Our aim is to empower the students through exposure to different types of language and so prepare them for the future.

This week ...

Monday 22 May

8.45am - Yr 12 SUS Trip
8.45am - Civil Defence Training Day
5.00pm - Kapa Haka in PAC

Tuesday 23 May

10.15am - School Singing Practice

Wednesday 24 May

11.00am - Swimming Sports - all Yr 11, 12 & 13
3.30pm - Maori Achieve in A1
5.00pm - Kapa Haka
7.00pm - Board of Trustees Meeting in Staffroom

Thursday 25 May

8.45am - Yr 13 SUS trip
8.45am - Yr 11 Life Skills Plunket Course in F1
11.00am - Secondary Schools Barber Shop Competition
3.30pm - Study/Homework Club in Library
3.30pm - Big Sister Programme in A2
5.30pm - Poly Group Practice in PAC

Friday 26 May

8.45am - Health Open Day Massey University
8.45am - Yr 13 PED - SS Tough Guy & Tough Gal Challenge
1.30pm - NZ School of Travel & Tourism Visit in F1
7.00pm - Noho Marae Stokes Valley
- Newsletter published today

Saturday 27 May

- Noho Marae Stokes Valley

Sunday 28 May

11.00am - Noho Marae finishes

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