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Winmalee High School

Winmalee High School

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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.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:

  • English Extension 2
  • English Extension 1
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Studies
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Life Skills.

Male students reading outside with female teacher directing.

What does learning look like in English?

We see the study of literature as a powerful means of broadening our students’ understanding of their world. Across Years 7-12 students will engage with a wide range of texts: prose fiction, drama, poetry, film/video, non-fiction, picture books, graphic novels and digital texts. These texts are drawn from the past and the present and from a range of cultures. We challenge our students to make their own personal judgments of the texts we study and the ideas and values they present.

Senior female students working at computers

English Course Stage 4 & 5 (Years 7–10)

In Years 7-10, our students develop their compositional skills, becoming confident speakers and writers. They learn about the importance of spelling, punctuation, paragraphing, sentence structures, figures of speech and structure. Students learn to write and speak for a range of purposes and situations.

English Courses Stage 6 (Years 11–12)

In Stage 6, students can choose from a range of English courses:

  • English Studies, which helps students develop their skills in “real world” contexts, such as the use of English in the workplace, media and recreation; (this course is a non ATAR course)
  • Standard English, a text and concept based course designed for the majority of students, that develops composing and responding skills;
  • Advanced English, a more rigorous text and concept based course that places a greater emphasis on complex literature for students with particular interest and ability in the subject while still developing composing and responding skills;
  • Extension English, a specialist course for students who wish to study English at the highest level. In the HSC year, the Extension 2 course is offered, which provides students with the opportunity to craft a major work as an HSC project.
Senior male students and female teacher working in classroom.

Co-curricular Offerings

Debating and Public Speaking - Winmalee students take part in a range of competitions that cater for all age groups. We have a proud tradition in public speaking and debating.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

This valuable program is offered each year.

Further information about English courses can be found at:

Stage 4 & 5

Stage 6 - provides access to English Advanced, English Standard and English Studies course syllabi.