English is compulsory for students from Year 7 through to Year 12. The emphasis on conceptual learning allows students to explore and create a range of text types across a variety of mediums: prose fiction, poetry, non-fiction, drama, Shakespeare, multi-media and film.
Students of all ability levels are catered for, with each year group comprising of an Extension class class and a number of mixed ability classes.
Developing communication skills are key to our subject area reading, writing, viewing, speaking, listening and representing tasks are integrated to offer a variety of learning experiences. Similarly, the nature of the English subject area allows students to experience a range of text types that include analytical and creative compositions as well as independent and group based activities. The Every Student, Every School initiative is paramount in our classrooms.
In Stage 6, senior students are able to access Board of Studies courses – Extension 1 and 2, English Advanced, Standard and English Studies with teachers endeavouring to place every student in the course most suited to their needs.
In addition, the teachers within the English faculty work tirelessly to provide students with a range of extra-curricular activities. Some of our recent extra-curricular activities included:
The Premier’s Reading Challenge
The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely. It is a Library initiative run in conjunction with Year 7 English classes. Students in Years 8 and 9 can join the Challenge by reading independently. A record number of students completed the Challenge and a record number of students were awarded medallions for taking part in the challenge every year since Kindergarten. Students and their parents were invited to a Premier’s Reading Challenge Celebration Morning Tea. Their awards were presented at this event by the Principal, Deputy Principal and Librarians.
Year 8 Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)
A joint Library / English initiative: Year 8 DEAR was implemented during Semester 2 to foster a love of reading and improve literacy outcomes. Each English class read silently at the beginning of each lesson for a minimum of 10 minutes. Students had a choice of reading their class novel, their own reading material or selections from the Mixed Book Box. Classes had regular, fortnightly Library periods where they could read, select new books and contribute comments to the Year 8 DEAR EduBlog. The best four readers from each class were invited to an end of year BBQ to celebrate their achievements. The program was so successful that it will be implemented in 2016 with all 7-10 English classes. A student in their evaluation of the program wrote: “I really like DEAR because it helps me with my reading skills and it is fun.”
At the end of Term 2, eight Year 8 students attended a variety of debating workshops at the Western Sydney University. These workshops were organised and run by the university’s debating team as they prepared to travel overseas for the World Debating University Championships. The workshops were catered for a variety of debating levels. Jamison High students learned a plethora of debating techniques and strategies throughout the day. At the conclusion of the day, the eight students formed two teams, which held debates against teams from other schools in the Western Sydney area. All students walked away from the workshops having a greater understanding of debating, and one team feeling victorious after their win. A highlight for many of the students was watching the university team debate against each other.
Design an Ad
The English staff received an email from local publication The Penrith Gazette, regarding a competition they were running. As this competition coincided with the Year 9 ‘Advertising’ unit, it was decided that Year 9 would get some real life experience creating print advertisements for real, local businesses. Each class was assigned a local business – such as The Good Guys, Faithfull Bookkeeping and The Animal Shelter. Classes had several weeks to complete print advertisements, following the AIDA model that they now had extensive knowledge on. One student, Chantel Zhungu, received an award for an outstanding original ad.
The English Faculty at Jamison High School values and appreciates that English is a subject that supports students throughout their lives and teaches skills to ensure every student is given the opportunity to achieve their potential and is prepared for life beyond school.
Please click the link below to access the assessment dates for Term 1 2017: