Year 8 students undertook a Shakespearean study of 'A Midsummer Nights' Dream'. Students were given the opportunity to explore their first Shakespeare first play from beginning to end. A lot of their study consisted of a practical drama performance of the play, giving students roles to act out and experience the play as it was intended. This provided a foundation to move into an analysis of the underlying themes of the play.
Year 11 Advanced English students undertook a detailed study of Narrative by looking at a wide range of texts that implement unique and engaging narrative forms and structural features. This culminated in composing a narrative in the form of a Minecraft Vlog that provide to be acutely stimulating and enabling of student creativity.
Year 11 Extension 1 English undertook their Independent Research Project this term that exposed them to critical research skills in preparation for tertiary level study. In continuation of their study of Post-Colonialism, students began reading 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X', which infused an invigorating appraisal of racism and social inequality in America from a Muslim perspective.
Year 12 Advanced English focused on their Module B Critical Study of Literature and explored the Modernist poetry of TS Eliot. Much preparation was made in critical analysis and essay writing more broadly. Students also explored the discursive writing as a form of writing. Students also had the opportunity to view Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Seymour Theatre to reinforce the understanding of Module A.
Year 12 Extension 1 students continued their study of the Worlds of Upheaval elective. Term 2 saw students begin their study of the final prescribed text, 'Do Not Say We Have Nothing' by Madeleine Thien. Students are focussing on bringing together the texts they have studied in the course into a cohesive essay for the HSC examination.