Curriculum - English


Like that of the whole college, our mission is to provide a wide variety of opportunities and guide students’ learning so that they can achieve the very best of which they are personally capable. To this end, we offer a smorgasbord of literary and linguistic delights across a range of genres, including narratives, poetry, drama, expository texts and a variety of printed and visual media.


From Socrates to Spielberg, via Shakespeare and Shelley, English at St Andrew’s takes students on a journey that offers something for everyone. Students study both canonical texts and more contemporary works whose creators aim to challenge readers, viewers and/or listeners to consider the way the world works. In this way, English at St Andrew’s provides rich opportunities to explore issues, gain understanding and develop a set of individual beliefs, values and attitudes.

Through the study of generic conventions, students are encouraged to appraise texts critically so that they can make informed and objective choices regarding the ways in which language is used to position them.

In addition, students are taught to use literary techniques themselves when speaking and writing in order to develop a facility for language and an understanding of nuance, tone, register and style.

They are taught to use language for the purposes of analysis, argument, reflection, persuasion and of course, to use language creatively and imaginatively.

The importance of using language verbally is a vital principle in the teaching of English. Students deliver a range of oral presentations in order to hone their speaking skills and to develop the self-assurance that comes with this ability.

In a world where the media plays a powerful role, adolescents receive much of their information about the world passively. We aim to make them active, independent learners and to help them engage in a dynamic way with texts of all kinds.

Our curriculum offers differentiation in terms of text selection, learning experiences and response choice in order to foster greater student engagement, interest, relevance and ownership.

St Andrew’s English curriculum is designed to help students recognise the liberating and empowering abilities of language, to understand how literature has developed over the course of history, and to give students the confidence that comes with linguistic mastery.

In these years, students consolidate their technical skills with a sequenced program of grammar and spelling so that they learn the importance of writing and speaking with precision and accuracy.  They are also introduced to the conventions of:

  • Plays
  • Short stories
  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Expository texts
  • Persuasive texts
  • Reflective texts
  • Print Media
  • Digital Media
  • Film 
  • Debating

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority syllabus for English forms the basis of study for these two years and our Work Program is designed to offer an engaging series of tasks based on a wide range of texts. Students are taught the importance of analysing texts critically, of using their imagination to create texts of their own, and to understand how persuasive and reflective language operates.

We hope to imbue our senior students with an understanding of literary history and of the ways in which literature both shapes and reflects cultural mores. We aim also to teach them to use language themselves to reflect their own developing sense of identity.

Writing creatively allows us to create landscapes, characters and moments in time that readers are invited to share. We must try to ignite the sparks that will fuel readers’ imaginations and evoke their emotions. More than this, though, to be successful, creative writers must use language to guide the reader on a journey that will offer them new perspectives on life.  At St Andrew’s we have an extremely talented group of young writers who may well go on to be published more widely!

Staff Contacts

Jenny Grant
Head of English

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