Imagine having the power to step into the Aboriginal dreamtime, 1970s Dampier, a haunted graveyard, Shakespeare’s England or a dumpsite in the Philippines. Studying in the English earning area means moving from contemporary Bunbury to other times and other places that enrich our understanding of the past, the present and positions us to contemplate the future. A walk into English classrooms will lead you to unusual places and unexpected experiences. It challenges us to learn and grow in many ways.
The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. In this light, it is clear that the Australian Curriculum English course plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s future.
At Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School the English teachers invite our students to not just study an English text but to experience it; to walk in another’s shoes, to empathise with their pain, to celebrate their triumphs and most of all to understand their plight. Without engaging emotionally with texts we merely view images or read words on a page. We look forward to taking students on surprising journeys with unforeseen but rewarding outcomes.