Kogarah High School


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

Students learn about the English language through written, spoken and visual texts of increasing complexity as they progress through their schooling.

An understanding of the English language is central to how we communicate and essential for 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 Advanced
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2
  • English Standard
  • English Studies.

The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians.

The English department at Kogarah High School is committed to the creation of confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens through our rigorous 7-12 English program.

Faculty aims and objectives

The English teachers at Kogarah High School believe that it is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them.

This belief frames our approach to teaching and learning and our English programmes enable students to: 

  • Maximise their potential so that they may competently and confidently undertake current and future study and training to facilitate effective participation in their life 
  • Engage students and develop an appreciation and enjoyment of English itself, arts and literature
  • Develop critical literacy skills and use them to strengthen their understanding of the world.
  • Use the power of English and representation to be effective communicators

Extracurricular activities

  • Public speaking and debating competitions
  • A variety of writing competitions
  • Excursions and incursions to the theatre, study days for the HSC and Preliminary Course Masters Classes for HSC students

Faculty structure

English is studied by all students from Year 7 to Year 10. The subject matter in each of the modules studied each term is arranged to mirror the format of the HSC and its focus. Each program offers a range of teaching and learning pathways which allow all students to access the curriculum at their level. 

  • Year 7-8: Stage 4 English
  • Year 9-10: Stage 5 English

In Year 11 and 12 students can study more than one English subject. Students are encouraged to choose the level that is appropriate to their ability so they can perform at their best.

They may choose from:

  • Year 11: English Studies, EALD, Standard, Advanced, Extension 1
  • Year 12: English Studies, EALD, Standard, Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2