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.
The English faculty consists of 14 outstanding teachers who provide excellent teaching and learning opportunities consistently for the 1500 students enrolled at this school. Our focus is on engaging our students in relevant and rigorous teaching and learning, in a supportive, positive learning environment. We provide a differentiated curriculum focused on developing problem solving, critical thinkers.
Effective teaching and learning depend on teachers providing a variety of engaging experiences that address the broad range of learning styles and needs for all students in all year groups. By utilising innovative technology and engaging with a broad range of teaching tools, the English teachers at BPHS offer students outstanding learning opportunities.
- English Years 7-10
- English studies
- English standard
- English advanced
- English as a second language (ESL)
- English extension 1
- English extension 2
Faculty extra-curricular and extension
Premier’s Debating Challenge (supported by debate coaching run by senior debating students).
UNSW English Competition
Whitlam Institute's What Matters writing competition.
Sydney Writers Festival Student Day (open to GAT English students).