The study of English is central to the learning and development of students in NSW and is the mandatory subject in the Stage 6 curriculum. The importance of English in the curriculum is a recognition of its role as the national language and increasingly as the language of international communication. Proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident, articulate communicators, critic al and imaginative thinkers and active participants in society.

English involves the study and use of language in its various textual forms, encompassing written, spoken and visual texts of varying complexity, including the language systems of English through which meaning is conveyed, interpreted and reflected.

Senior Courses offered by English

English Advanced

The Preliminary and HSC English (Advanced) courses are designed for students to become critical and sophisticated users of English in order to enhance their personal, social and vocational lives. These courses provide students who have a particular interest and ability in the subject with challenging learning experiences and opportunities to enjoy the breadth and variety of English texts, through the integration of the modes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing.

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English Standard

The study of English enables students to make sense of, and to enrich, their lives in personal, social and professional situations and to deal effectively with change. Students develop a strong sense of themselves as autonomous, reflective and creative learners. The English Standard syllabus is designed to develop in students the faculty to perceive and understand their world from a variety of perspectives, and it enables them to appreciate the richness of Australia’s cultural diversity.

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HSC English Extension 1

The Preliminary and HSC English (Extension 1 & 2) courses enable students who are accomplished, analytical and imaginative in their use of English to refine their understanding and appreciation of the cultural roles and significance of texts.
The courses are designed for students with a desire to pursue a specialised study of English. These courses provide students with the opportunity to pursue areas of interest with increased independence and to theorise about the processes of responding to and composing texts.

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HSC English Extension 2

Through extended engagement in investigation and composition, students explore multiple meanings and relative values of texts. They explore a range of conceptual frameworks for the reading and composition of texts and examine a range of reading practices to develop awareness of the assumptions that guide interpretation and evaluation.

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Latest English News

Friday March 31 2017

Year 8 Sustainability – Don’t Trash My Opinion

In Year 8 English we have been learning about how visual and written texts represent issues of environmental sustainability to inform, persuade and engage us. We have explored how texts such as posters, news reports, articles, websites, artworks and television programs use specific language techniques and structures to present different perspectives about the environment and […]

Friday December 9 2016

Xavierfest 2016 – SUPERHEROS

Wednesday December 7th saw our sensational Year 7 students put on a super show with their superhero film premiere! Our Year 7’s worked extremely hard this past term in English to put together fantastic pieces including  promotional posters,  portfolios and 28 films and trailers.  Our Year 9 commerce students ran a candy bar with delicious […]

Friday June 17 2016


Debating @Xavier Last Wednesday, June 15, the girls from the Senior Debating team, Leneen Marshall, Jessica Dwyer and Helena Lethlean, ably assisted by their adviser Sarah Maloney, competed against Trinity Anglican College in the first round of the Rotary Ian Turner Debating Competition. We argued in the Affirmative “That a compulsory second Language should be taught […]

Wednesday December 10 2014

Year 8 short documentary project awards

This term every Year 8 English student participated and produced a short documentary as part of a term-long project. Students wrote, filmed, edited and finally presented short films based on topics of their own choosing. This is the third year we have run this project and once again we were amazed at the originality and […]

Wednesday November 12 2014

Poet in Residence – Zohab Zee Khan

Celebrated Illawara poet Zohab Zee Khan will be the Poet in Residence at Xavier High School from 17th to 21st November, guiding Year 9 students through different poetry writing activities from The Disappearing learning resource. Zohab Zee Khan is nomadic spoken word artist, originally hailing from Wagga Wagga NSW. He is the founding director of […]