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At Katanning Senior High School students are supported to develop their critical understanding and control of the English language. They are assessed formally and informally on their written work, oral presentation and communication skills, creative writing and the reading and analysis of a variety of texts.
In the English learning area, programs are designed by staff to address the learning needs of their students and the Australian Curriculum criteria. Years 7-10 have common programs and assessment tasks that are used for moderation to ensure consistency. While the programs and assessments are common, teachers have flexibility to choose the length, standard and focus of tasks in order to best cater to the strengths of their students. They also deliver common assessment tasks to make consistent judgements across each year group. The outcomes reported on are reading, viewing, writing, speaking and listening.
These programs have been enriched further by Katanning Senior High School introducing the ACE program in 2017 for students who are excelling in English, HASS, Science and Math. To enter this program students are selected based on their grades, behaviour and school attendance. This program implements extension activities through the teaching program and extra-curricular activities such as in school incursions, like Bell Shakespeare and visits to the universities in Perth.
Senior school English is designed to cater for students aspiring to continue further study, and also those who have chosen to join the workforce. This is done by organising the English courses into distinct pathways using the new Senior School Courses including ATAR, General and Foundation. Fundamental to all courses is the development of English language competence while exploring other key aspects relevant to students’ own context.
Katanning SHS also includes in our programs extra curriculum support within the classroom for OLNA and NAPLAN, and tutorial programs to assist students further with OLNA.
Images of; Bell Shakespeare Visit, ACE Shakespeare Workshop, ACE Uni Visit