Campbelltown Performing Arts High School


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The study of English at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School is challenging and fulfilling. Students develop literacy and critical thinking skills. They study a wide range of literature from diverse contexts. Students are encouraged to think independently and are guided, extended and supported by dedicated staff.  Students explore how texts shape our understanding of the world we live in. They engage in a variety of reading, writing, viewing, representing and listening activities and assessments throughout the year.

Formative feedback is extensively used throughout our English programs. Students engage in the writing process with ongoing support and feedback from their teachers and peers.

Students engage in a range of rich assessment tasks that enables them to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

Stage 4

Students’ knowledge and understanding about language will grow and deepen as they engage with increasingly complex texts across a range of modes throughout the Stage 4 program. Students continue to develop their understanding of how language use at word, sentence, paragraph and whole text-level, is determined by context, audience and purpose.

As students deepen their knowledge of language, they apply their new understanding to purposefully communicate their ideas, with increasing confidence and efficacy. Through knowledge and understanding of language, students can appreciate, reflect on and enjoy texts that are widely regarded as quality literature.

Stage 5

By the end of Stage 5 students respond to and compose a comprehensive range of imaginative, factual and critical texts using different modes and technologies. They enjoy, reflect on, critically assess and articulate processes of response and composition. They respond to and compose a wide range of texts for pleasure and critical analysis varying their approach according to a text’s purpose, audience and context. They focus on details of texts to analyse meaning, perspective, cultural assumptions, ideologies and language.

Students display a developing personal style in their personal, imaginative, critical and analytical compositions. They engage in the writing process, including planning, researching, drafting, editing and publishing. Students reflect on their composing process and how it has affected the final version of their text. Students consistently reflect on their own learning to adapt their knowledge, understanding and skills to new contexts.

Stage 6

Meaning is central to the study of English. The study of English makes explicit the language forms and processes of meaning. Stage 6 English develops this by encouraging students to explore, critically evaluate and appreciate a wide variety of  texts of Australian and other societies, in various forms and media, including multimedia.

The study of English involves exploring, responding to and composing texts in and for a range of personal, social, historical, cultural and workplace contexts. Students respond to and compose texts in a variety of language modes, forms, features and structures.

Meaning is achieved through responding and composing, which are typically interdependent and ongoing processes. Through their responding and composing of both critical and creative texts, students develop an understanding of themselves and of diverse human experiences and cultures. The study of English in Stage 6 provides students with opportunities to experiment with ideas and expression, to become innovative, active, independent learners, to collaborate and to reflect on their learning.

In Stage 6 students choose to enrol in one of the following courses:

  • English Studies

  • English Standard

  • English Advanced

  • English Extension

  • English Extension 2