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​In English, students engage with a range of texts to appreciate the social, imaginative and aesthetic uses of language. Students become aware of the power of written and spoken language. Studying English helps students to enjoy language and empowers them as purposeful, critical and creative language users.

English teachers at Sunshine Beach High are passionate about providing learning experiences that ensure our students are able to meet the demands of our modern society. Students become confident communicators through interpreting, constructing and appreciating literary and non-literary texts. Students develop their ability to talk about language and critique its use.

Contact Details

Head of Department - English - Kara Grumetza

Telephone - 5440 4256

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Junior English

In Junior English, students use their imagination, creativity and world views to interpret and construct texts. Students share their ideas about literary texts including novels and poetry; they persuade audiences and address issues in their communities. Students are encouraged to participate in a wider reading program where they can improve their reading skills and discover new authors and genres.

Year 10

Year 10 is the foundation for the senior phase of learning. Students hone their analytical skills, examine language use and produce a wide range of texts. Students are prepared to select the appropriate pathway through the senior school, where students either study Senior English or English Communication.

Senior English

Studying Senior English enhances students’ creative and critical engagement with texts as they explore and appreciate their world in order to better understand the worlds of others. Students assemble a folio of assessment pieces which are both spoken and written. Senior English is a prerequisite for most university courses.

English Communication

This course is designed to assist students to improve their potential for effective participation in life roles related to work, personal and community life, leisure and recreation. This English course cannot be used in the calculation of a student’s OP score.