The English Department at Parramatta Marist is committed to developing each student's potential as an effective communicator. The new English syllabus, for which our junior programs are now being written, gives considerable scope for achieving the necessary literacy outcomes.
The program thus covers such aspects as writing in a range of genres with awareness of different concepts and audiences, speaking and listening effectively, and responding critically to both written and visual texts.
In the junior school such outcomes for critical literacy are pursued through a each class.
Senior English in both the Preliminary and HSC years offers the full range of courses. The more demanding Advanced and Extension One courses are attracting students in increasing numbers. There are two to three classes of Standard English, and ESL is offered to students who qualify when the numbers enrolled justify it.
In Year 12, students who have performed well in Advanced and Extension One Preliminary courses continue these for the HSC, but may add a fourth unit of English called Extension Two, which requires the production of a major work.
The new English syllabus, with Stage 6 in place since 2001, and Stages 4 and 5 in the process of implementation has certainly strengthened the position of English in the pursuit of literacy and therefore is a central role at Parramatta Marist.