The Ponds High School

Inspired Learning

Telephone02 9626 3562


English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Students learn about the English language through written, spoken and visual texts of increasing complexity as they progress through their schooling.

An understanding of the English language is central to how we communicate and essential for intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:

  • English Advanced
  • English as an Alternative Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2
  • English Life Skills
  • English Standard
  • English Studies.

The English Faculty at The Ponds High School prepares our students as they progress through Stages 4, 5 and 6, and ready themselves for tertiary studies, employment and life after school. With a strong focus on literacy, writing using PEEL and comprehension of texts that grow in complexity, the English faculty builds each students’ capacity to express themselves and communicate effectively.

In addition to our core classes, the English Faculty also coordinates debating and public speaking at The Ponds High School, facilitating student involvement in intra- and inter-school competitions. With proven achievements in our local zone, students have found confidence and opportunity as members of our debating teams and our faculty looks forward to future successes.