Bellingen 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.

Welcome to the English Faculty.

Students develop their language skills through activities involving speaking and listening, reading and writing, and viewing and representing.

They learn about language and literature through working with a wide range of print, spoken, visual, media, multimedia and digital texts. 

English course outlines

Download English course outlines for students in Year 7 to Year 10 for 2019:

English assessments

Teachers observe students' work in class and look closely at tasks throughout the year.

For more information about the English assessments, download the 2019 Year 7 to Year 10 assessment outline (DOCX 18.6KB).

Please note there are no end-of-year exams in English for Year 7 and Year 8. They will, however, hand in a portfolio of work. It is important, therefore, to keep copies of all assignments and class notebooks. More information will be sent out about the portfolios in Term 4.

Download assessment tasks:

English grading 

The English Faculty uses an A to E grading system. 

Download these documents to understand the grading system and for student work examples at different grade levels: