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Blakehurst High School

Blakehurst High School

Nihil Sine Labore - Nothing Without Hard Work

Telephone02 9546 3281


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

In English, students learn about the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected. Complexity increases as students progress through their schooling.

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. Their understanding of English through knowledge and skills acquisition is essential to their 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 Extension 2
  • English Extension 1
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Studies
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Life Skills.

The English faculty are dedicated to delivering an engaging program for the students of Blakehurst High School.

Staff members 

  • Ms A. Heron (Head Teacher)
  • Ms J. Lyons
  • Ms A Irvine
  • Ms R. Allen
  • Ms M. Thearle
  • Ms N. Nozica
  • Ms B. Malas
  • Ms K. Faria
  • Ms P. Plessas
  • Mr J. Skamanis
  • Ms A. Taradilis
  • Ms V. Manos (Deputy Principal).

Throughout the year, the English faculty provides an engaging experience for all students at Blakehurst High School. The English staff has developed units of work that meet all the Board of Studies outcomes and are aimed at students achieving to the best of their ability.

The English faculty coordinates the debating teams at Blakehurst High School, where students participate in debating competitions including the Premier's Debating Challenge.

Four members of the English faculty also run a peer tutoring program during the allocated DEAR time in which year 10 students help Year 7 and 8 students develop their reading skills.