The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. In English, individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society.
At Warwick SHS, students have the opportunity to engage imaginatively and critically with literature to expand the scope of their experience. They are encouraged to understand the ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have contributed to Australian society and to its literary heritage through their distinctive ways of representing and communicating knowledge, traditions and experience. They also explore Australia’s European literary heritage and our links to Asia.
In Years 8, 9 and 10, the Australian Curriculum: English aims to ensure that students:
- learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
- appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
- understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
- develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.
For those students currently in Year 12, study is based on the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) Courses. Warwick SHS offers Stage 1 and 3 English Courses suited to students whose ambitions range from gaining entrance to university, to joining the workforce or completing a State Training Provider qualification.
In Year 11 study is based on the newly developed senior secondary Australian Curriculum. Warwick SHS offers General and ATAR courses which continue tradition of catering for students who are University bound and for those destined for TAFE, apprenticeships or the workforce. These newly developed courses will be available in Year 12 in 2016.