English is!

It is a slogan which declares the importance of English to every student and it is the recognition of this importance which drives and motivates the staff at All Saints' College (Bathurst).

The study of English at All Saints' is founded on the belief that language shapes our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. English involves the study and use of language in all its textual forms. Students are encouraged to adopt a critical approach to all texts and to distinguish the qualities of texts through reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing experience. In their study of English students develop their critical and imaginative faculties and broaden their cultural understanding.

English in Years 7-8 (Stage 4) and Years 9-10 (Stage 5) is challenging and exciting. Students have the opportunity to explore and engage with a wide selection of texts. These texts give the students experience of Australian literature, literature from other countries and times, picture books, as well as texts from media and multi-media such as radio, television, film, newspapers, the internet, CD ROMs and even computer games. The texts become increasingly sophisticated as they move from Stage 4 to 5. Through responding to and composing texts students learn about the power and value of the English language for communication, knowledge and pleasure.

English in Years 11 and 12 (Stage 6) aims to develop an understanding of literary expression and an appreciation of aesthetic values. Students come to understand the complexity of meaning and develop an awareness of the effect of the form, purpose, context and audiences of different texts. We enable students to have a sound knowledge of the structure and function of the English language and to develop effective communication and evaluative skills. We give our students many opportunities to engage in reading, creative writing, public speaking and debating. Each student is encouraged to pursue their interests and all learning styles and levels of ability are taken into account.

Class groupings are flexible. In Years 7-10 we often have gender-based classes where we use different content to cater for different learning styles and interests. The English Department aims to enable all students to understand, use, enjoy and value the English language in all its textual forms and become thoughtful, imaginative and effective communicators in a varied and changing world.


At All Saints' College Bathurst, French is taught in Years 7-8. Students who wish to continue their studies in the senior years are given the opportunity to do so through staff supervised Distance Education courses. Our main aim in all classes is to promote communication and interaction, both written and oral. In an attempt to increase the relevance of the study of French for our students we have established links with local Francophones. Our aim is to immerse the students in the culture through dramatic activities, video making and cooking combined with a more structured approach to vocabulary and grammar. In addition, we have many travelling groups come to the school to perform for our students in French.

Our Fudeko Reekie Language Centre is an attractive environment in which to learn Japanese. It has beautiful authentic Japanese gardens; a modern, architect-designed Japanese style building which has reading and recording rooms; an individual library; two classrooms, each housing 35 students; and access to the latest CD ROM technology. Japanese is taught from Transition to Year 12. As teachers, we endeavour to not only equip students with the Japanese language but also to leave them with an understanding of the country, its people and distinct culture. We believe this forms a strong foundation for the next generation to build long-lasting relationships with our neighbours in Japan. This, in turn, fosters tolerance and understanding, and gradually encourages an open acceptance.

Activities include:

* Exchanging students with our Sister School in Chiba and the Sydney Japanese School

* Sending assistant teachers to our Sister School

* Meeting and talking to Japanese visitors to our school

* Having tours to Japan and learning the Japanese way of life, culture and tradition

* Studying current Japanese news, particularly for senior students

* Using e-mail for regular updates of information from friends abroad, including exchange students and friends made overseas

* Observing and holding activities for Japanese festivals

English as a Second Language

The school has a small but significant number of overseas students, some of whom require specialised E.S.L. teaching. There are separate classes for overseas students in Years 11 and 12 as there are E.S.L. Preliminary and Higher School Certificate 2 Unit courses in the official NSW Syllabus in English (Stage 6). Overseas students in Years 9 and 10 are withdrawn from mainstream English classes for specialised E.S.L. teaching and language support in other areas of the curriculum. Overseas students who are in the other Years (7 and 8) are also monitored and are given E.S.L. support if necessary. The main objectives of the E.S.L. Programme is to encourage oral speech and clear pronunciation; to develop reading comprehension and to enlarge vocabulary; to improve written expression and to boost students' confidence in using English in their everyday lives at the school.

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