The study of English at St Brigid’s College goes far beyond the teaching and learning of reading, writing, listening and speaking. It encompasses an eclectic collection of skills and knowledge, ranging from explicit engagement with critical thinking, to an exploration of our world, socially, historically, politically and environmentally. Our focus is to aid the development of confident and articulate communicators who will be well fitted to take their place in the global community.
All English courses at the College are tailored towards the Western Australian curriculum which is built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy.
Together, the strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Junior and Middle School students focus their attention on communication with peers, teachers and community members in a range of face to face and online environments. Our Senior students connect to complex world issues to examine human experience across time and space. They are immersed in texts across modalities created by both local and international authors. There is a particular emphasis on texts created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Also included are classic and contemporary world literature, including texts from and about Asia. We hope that this exposure to texts will inspire a lasting love of literature in all its forms.
Our team of dedicated and generous English teachers run English Club and Book Club once a week. They also run weekly exam work shops for our Year Eleven and Twelve ATAR students to support their development. Also available are exciting excursions to the Curtin Conference and dramatic performances where possible; immersions featuring prose, poetry and drama, as well as interactive, multimodal experiences to bring English alive.