Menai High School

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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.

English curriculum

The English faculty is a dynamic and dedicated team who delivers curricular which is challenging, stimulating, varied and suited to the needs of our students at Menai High. The faculty is comprised of a successful combination of teaching staff, all of whom bring to the classroom experience as well as an enthusiasm for new and innovative methods of delivery.

English courses for Years 7 - 10 (Stage 4 and 5)

This English course at Menai High School gives students the opportunity to read critically, and respond imaginatively and analytically to a range of texts. In class, students can expect to study a wide range of texts, from Shakespeare to classical poets and novelists, through to a consideration of modern film and media, and how they shape our understanding of life and society.

In Stages 4 and 5 our teaching programs reflect the latest approaches to teaching English, including challenging content and strategies which differentiate the core english curriculum. In addition, the English faculty offers enrichment classes and support for students from Year 7 to Year 12. 

English courses for Years 11 - 12 (stage 6)

English is the only mandatory subject for the HSC. Students can select English courses that suit their needs and ability.

Our purpose is to enable our students to become confident communicators, critical and imaginative thinkers, lifelong learners and informed, active participants in our social landscape.

  • Standard English (Years 11& 12) 
  • Advanced English (Years 11 & 12)
  • Extension one English (Years 11 & 12)
  • Extension two English (Years 11 & 12)
  • English as a second language (Years 11 & 12)
  • English studies (Years 11 & 12)

English staff assisting students to edit their writing tasks.

Students displaying their public speaking skills.