The English Department at Southland Girls' High School provides a range of learning experiences, with a focus on high expectations for all learners.

A goal of the English Department is that all learners engage with and enjoy language and literature in a wide variety of contexts, so that they develop into independent readers, writers and speakers.

To achieve this, girls are offered a range of courses in English at every year level and are encouraged to select an appropriate level, after consultation with parents and teachers, and based on assessment data. For example, in Years 9 and 10, girls opt for one of three levels: Support, Synergy or Extension.

A range of courses continues to be available at Years 11, 12 and 13. Students are encouraged to study towards high achievement in a course which offers the full spectrum of Achievement or Unit Standards. Girls have the opportunity to study towards Scholarship in English in Year 13, and scholarships are regularly awarded to our English students.

Media Studies is also available to Year 12 and 13 students. The NCEA assessment for this subject is comprised of practical work and theory, which examines the media influence on society in film and television.

English Extension Opportunities

To enhance and extend girls' learning experiences in English classrooms, the Curriculum is extended through a range of extension opportunities which all girls are invited to participate in:

  • Debating
  • Public Speaking Contests
  • Writing Competitions and Workshops
  • Visiting Writers
  • Visiting Performers and Drama Troupes
  • Shakespeare Day
  • Australasian Schools Exams in Writing, Spelling and English
  • Spelling Bee
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