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Randwick Boys High School

Randwick Boys High School

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English is the study of life:

- How do texts develop our understanding of ourselves, others and the world around us?

- How can characters teach us about human emotions and experiences; friendship, conflict resolution, overcoming adversity?

- How can the study of texts help us to express our own thoughts, opinions, beliefs and emotions?

The study of English develops active, engaged citizens with an understanding of values, ethics and democracy. It encourages students to be socially and emotionally aware, confident communicators, critical and creative thinkers. 

In the subject English, we provide opportunities for students to understand, use, enjoy and value language in all its forms.  The Randwick Boys’ High School English faculty is passionate about teaching students lifelong skills to engage with and critically analyse language in their everyday lives. Language shapes our understanding of ourselves and our world. It is the primary means by which we relate to others and is central to the intellectual, social and emotional development of all students. Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators, critical and imaginative thinkers, lifelong learners and informed, active participants in Australian society. It supports the development and expression of a system of personal values, based on students' understanding of moral and ethical matters, and gives expression to their hopes and ideals.


In Stages 4 and 5, students will have studied several prose fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction, film, media and multimodal texts. They will also compose a comprehensive range of imaginative, factual and critical texts using different modes and technologies. They focus on details of texts to analyse meaning, perspective, cultural assumptions, ideologies and language. In Stage 6, we offer the full range of Board of Studies courses to suit students’ interests and abilities. 

HSC English Subjects Offered

English Extension 2

English Extension 1

English Advanced

English Standard

English Studies

EAL/D (English as an Additional Language/Dialect)


Society and Culture


Literacy is a social construct and as our world changes, so too does the way we communicate. To make learning in English authentic and significant for our ever-growing technological world, students will use varying technologies to compose texts. They use a range of strategies to shape their texts to address purpose and audience in different contexts. They conform to or challenge an audience's preconceptions and expectations about content and form, and they evaluate the effectiveness of each approach. Students are encouraged to display a developing personal style in their imaginative, factual and analytical compositions. They work through the composing process, including planning, researching, drafting, conferencing, editing, publishing and reflection.

Cultural understanding and empathy

Students will respond to texts from different cultures that offer a range of perspectives. In considering possible meanings, they will develop sustained interpretations supported by evidence and think creatively beyond the text. They are supported to infer and interpret, and investigate the similarities and differences between and among texts. Through close and wide engagement with texts students extend their imaginations and engage with images of their real and imagined worlds. They respond imaginatively and critically to verbal and visual imagery and iconography, considering how these and other features reflect the cultural context of the text. By critically evaluating texts, students identify strengths and weaknesses and are able to articulate coherent responses. From their responses to individual texts they develop their own views of the world and strategies that are used to communicate and sustain such views.


Studying the creative arts, students learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform. The art form of Drama has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts, as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives. In Year 8, Drama is incorporated into the English timetable to allow for consistent opportunities for students to develop skills in self-confidence, clear speech, imaginative tasks, collaborative skills and processing their world through the art form. Drama is an elective subject for Year 9 and 10 students and can be chosen as a HSC subject for Year 11 and 12 students. Students are also given opportunities to perform for their peers, the school community and take part in the annual showcase extravaganza collaboratively with Randwick Girls’ High School students.​ ​In Drama, students learn to make, perform and appreciate dramatic and theatrical works. They devise and enact dramas using scripted and unscripted material and use acting and performance techniques to convey meaning to an audience. They learn to respond to, reflect on and analyse their own work and the work of others, and evaluate the contribution of drama and theatre to enriching society.​

The Public Speaking team at school

Debating and public speaking

At Randwick Boys’ High School there are a number of opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular English, including joining a debating team or representing the school in various public speaking competitions. These competitions gave students the opportunity to develop a range of skills necessary in life beyond the classroom. Debating and public speaking provides students with the opportunity to develop their cognitive and presentational skills by arranging rational, reasoned arguments. Debating and public speaking fosters confidence and enables students to acquire valuable skills such as researching, organising, and presenting information in a compelling fashion.

Through these experiences RBHS students were provided with the opportunity to gain broad, multi-faceted knowledge of disciplines outside their normal academic subjects, foster self-esteem, engage in rigorous higher order and critical thinking skills, improve note-taking skills and team work.

Extracurricular opportunities

The English faculty believes in holistic learning experiences; at Randwick Boys’ High School students participate in a number of excursions and organised events to enrich their classroom learning including author and expert lectures, performances from poets, trips to museums, writing festivals, symposiums and drama performances.  We also build strong partnerships with our feeder primary schools and wider community, visiting primary schools to share student work, participating in events such as library seminars and promoting significant and authentic assessment, including portfolio tasks and interviews.

The goal of the English faculty at Randwick Boys’ High School is to develop young men who are effective communicators who reflect thoughtfully and critically on what they read, view, listen to and interact with in their everyday lives.