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Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus

Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus

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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.


The English faculty is a dynamic and dedicated team offering a diverse and stimulating Stage 4 and Stage 5 English program, suitable for the various needs of the students at the Leichhardt Campus.

The programs encompass a range of texts and topics. Students enjoy novels, poetry, plays, non-fiction, film and mass media. Students are engaged in a range of reading, writing, talking, listening, viewing and representing activities. Our classrooms are enriched with smart boards, data projectors and student laptops, allowing students to experience technology, use a range of computer based programs and English related web 2.0 resources.

Other activities within the English Faculty include:

  • Debating – we debate in various competitions and students attend coaching sessions at lunch time.
  • Writing Competitions- students are encouraged to enter various competitions
  • Student  publication: "Roar". A group of writers and illustrators meet three times a week and produce, edit and publish a magazine each term.
  • Australian Schools Competitions. All years have the opportunity to take part in the Writing and English Competitions.

Faculty program

The English program is based around two core units of study each term. Teachers also add to their program of teaching and learning depending on the interest and ability of their students. The assessment schedule for each year can be found in each school year section of this website.

In Year 7 during term one students study a novel and a film.  In Term two they have preparation for NAPLAN and also study poetry. In Term three they examine the concepts of appropriation and subversion in relation to fairytales and picture books and also learn how to write for newspapers. In term four they study a play (which may be Shakespeare) as well as print advertising.

In Year 8 during term one students study a play and learn about scriptwriting. They also learn how to write an essay.  In term two they study a novel and answer the question, why are so many books for teenagers written about survival situation? They also learn about tone and voice by writing different types of letters. In term 3 they learn about genre through a film study and also examine spoken word poetry and song lyrics . In term four they study theme, visual literacy and end the year working on a project about humour and what makes us laugh?

In Year 9 during term one  students study persuasive speeches and answer the driving question, how can the power of words help to bring about positive change in the community? They also engage in an analysis of television advertising. In term two they have preparation for NAPLAN and engage in a detailed area of study based on the concept of change. In term three sudents study a play (which may be Shakespeare) and its film adaptation. They also engage in a close study of a novel. In term four they study war poetry and a non-fiction unit on life writing and digital stories 

In Year 10 during term one students learn to construct a feature article and engage in a close study of a novel. In term two they Shakespeare's Macbeth. In term three they learn to deconstruct a short story and enagage in a close study of an Australian poet. In term four they engage in a detailed area of study based on the concept of personal choices.