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 ...

Friday 24 November

NCEA Exams
- Year 9 Camp
- Year 10 Camp
- NISS Junior Water Polo Championships

Saturday 25 November

- NISS Junior Water Polo Championships

Sunday 26 November

- NISS Junior Water Polo Championships
- NISS Junior Volleyball Championships

Looking ahead ...

Monday 27 November

NCEA Exams
8.45am - DOE Silver Training Day

Tuesday 28 November

NCEA Exams
8.45am - Yr 10 SOC Trip
- NISS Junior Volleyball Championships
- CSW Junior Softball Tournament

Wednesday 29 November

NCEA Exams
10.00am - Clearance Day Yrs 11, 12, 13
11.00am - 2018 Peer Support Leaders in PAC
7.00pm - Year 8 Information Evening in PAC
- NISS Junior Volleyball Championships

Thursday 30 November

NCEA Exams
- NISS Junior Volleyball Championships

Friday 1 December

NCEA Exams
- NZSS Athletics Championships

Saturday 2 December

- NZSS Athletics Championships

Sunday 3 December

- DOE Gold Qualifying Expedition

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