Irrawang High School

Achievement through learning and participation

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English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Students learn about the English language through written, spoken and visual texts of increasing complexity as they progress through their schooling.

An understanding of the English language is central to how we communicate and essential for 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 Advanced
  • English as an Alternative Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2
  • English Life Skills
  • English Standard
  • English Studies.

Special opportunities offered by our faculty:

·        Anime Club

·        Academic essay and English competition entry

·        Debating and Public Speaking are dynamic co-curricular programs that offer students the opportunity to develop public speaking and critical thinking skills, as a team. At Irrawang HS, we offer specialised debating and public speaking training and development opportunities. We participate in the following competitions: Celebration of Words (CoWs), the NSW Premier's Debating Challenge, Legacy Public Speaking and Lion's Youth of the Year participation. Meetings are scheduled weekly and are published on our school calendar. In 2017, our 7/8 Junior team were zone champions

·        GATS: Compacted curricula, research projects, Tournament of the Minds and  Newcastle University partnership with the Confucius Institute

·        Regular student development opportunities: trips to theatre productions, guest lectures, HSC development and study opportunities and Digi Ed training.

·        Young Authors' Club- where we offer entry into a plethora of poetry and short story competitions: as well as opportunities to work with local author's

Irrawang High School is dynamic and inclusive. Our faculty offers a broad range of learning opportunities and experiences. Our faculty is mindful about, the diversity of our students and their individualized needs. Our faculty programs are designed to strengthen our students' abilities to read, think and write analytically and effectively. We aim to improve our student's ability to speak and write artfully and fluently. Our program is therefore designed to combine critical thinking and disciplined studies with imagination and reflection. We are dedicated to forming life-long learners. We strive to create students who are not only proficient readers and writers but who understand and appreciate the context, theme and style of literature. Our program emphasizes understanding, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation; skills that are critical not only to the assessment of literature but to the navigation of life itself.