ENGLISH ENRICHMENT DAY
This term saw the Year 9 students involved in an English Enrichment Day at school where students worked in either teams or individually on one of the following areas: Write a Short Story in a Day (Supporting the Children’s Hospital); Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition or Create a Short Film in a Day. It was very exciting to see the students so engaged and productive on the day. Thank you Ms Newton, Ms Rocks and Mrs Nicholls for organising the day.
YEAR 7 LANGUAGE APPRECIATION CLASS
This term I have been meeting with a group of very talented and inspiring Year 7 students. I meet with the students once a fortnight to lose ourselves in the power of the written word. This term we have been busily writing mini sagas! The students have loved doing this but have found it a challenge when they could use no more than 50 words to build a story, one which has an audience asking more questions than the words used to create the story! I look forward to next term embarking on the ‘Transformed Fairytale’ with them.
YEAR 9 & 10 HONOURS PROGRAM
The Year 9 and 10 Honours program is off and running, co-ordinated this year by Mrs Manners. This is the third year we have run this program, with this year seeing nearly 25 students across the two years electing to be part of the program. Over three terms, students have to submit three major pieces of work for marking. We hope to see many of the original 25 students finish in Term 4. For us, it really demonstrates our students’ love and passion for English, which is marvellous to see.
HICES DEBATING TEAM
Our Year 9 and 10 Debating team has been busy competing across the district. So far, the students have won two and lost two debates. The students are given an unseen topic on the day and have an hour to prepare. The students have found it both challenging and rewarding and deserve to be congratulated on their achievements. A big thank you to Miss Roche for being their debating coach.
WIDE READING COMPETITION
This year Mrs Manners and Ms Nicholls have started a wide reading competition. It is so encouraging to see that there are so many students enrolled and are reading so much. To date, since Term 1 we have three Year 9 students in the lead, having read 13-15 novels since Term 1! Please encourage your child to become involved; there will be great book voucher prizes to the top three readers at the end of the year.
YEAR 7 SHOWBAGS
It is always wonderful to see students enjoying reading and proud of what they read. This term, the Year 7 major project was students creating a showbag for their favourite book. During class time students presented their favourite book to the class and explained why they enjoyed the book. Students in each individual class especially enjoyed having time to explore each other’s showbags.
YEAR 8 ENGLISH
This term Year 8 have been engaged in learning about Tragic Heroes. Students have investigated the characteristics of a tragic hero through studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The challenge for them this term was to engage in creative thinking and design their own fictional tragic hero character and present this to the class. As an English teacher it is always exciting to see students being able to transfer their knowledge to a new context.
YEAR 9 ENGLISH
This term Year 9 have studied the text ‘The Happiest Refugee’ by Anh Do as part of the English syllabus is to consider and appreciate cultural expression in texts. Whilst studying the text, students explored the plight of refugees coming to Australia. For their major task this term, students researched an immigrants’ story through the Immigration Museum in Melbourne and wrote a creative beginning to a memoir, as the immigrant. It has been compelling to read the students’ interpretations and empathy towards the individuals researched, which was represented through their writings.
YEAR 10 ENGLISH
Teaching students how authors convey meaning is a challenging concept and especially teaching them how authors use language and context to form comedy. Year 10 have been lost in the forest of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Apart from learning to appreciate the power of Shakespeare to amuse, they have been learning about how context drives and can change meaning. Their assessment task this term saw them appropriate a scene from the play into a modern context. This has definitely created a setting for very interesting and hilarious reads for the staff! Such wonderful writing demonstrated by so many students.
For our seniors this term has been full of exams and challenging assessment tasks. Our Year 12 students are in the final push to the finish line, completing their last few modules of study. Extension Two English students are near to the point of submitting their final drafts, before their major submission in August. These holidays should be used as a time for study for Year 12. They have been provided with past examinations and essay questions to complete plus a booklet which gives them handy hints on how to study for English. I implore them to use these holidays to reread text and to cement a strong study timetable.
For Year 11 English students it has been a term of adjustment and reflection. After the Year 11 Half Yearly examination we asked students to engage with the feedback and to reflect on what they need to do to improve. These holidays should be used as a time to prepare summaries and to read texts as we head swiftly next term towards the Yearly Examinations for Year 11.
Please encourage your child to attend the English Study Sessions in the library every Week B Wednesday until 5:00pm.
Mrs Michelle Smith