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English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

In English, students learn about the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected. Complexity increases as students progress through their schooling.

Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators; critical and imaginative thinkers; lifelong learners; and informed, active participants in Australian society. Their understanding of English through knowledge and skills acquisition is essential to their intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:

  • English Extension 2
  • English Extension 1
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Studies
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Life Skills.

About the faculty

The English faculty at Holroyd High School is a diverse group of teachers with strong passions for teaching English. We work hard to plan, program and prepare lessons and units of work that are designed to develop student skills, knowledge and understanding. Most importantly, we strive to get students to appreciate the study of English and engage with a wide range of texts. 

Whilst at school students will be reading and exploring a range of texts including novels, plays, poems, songs, non-fiction texts, picture books and short stories. You will also have the opportunity to view and analyse films, websites, posters and other visual texts.

Students will be using computers and laptops to publish their work and complete research tasks. Many classrooms use Google classroom, Kahoot, Socrative and other interactive learning tools to enhance student engagement. In English students can participate in activities such as debating, producing films and attending drama performances and excursions. Students are regularly challenged to express their ideas, experiences and understanding in many different modes.