NCEA English Programmes: This section includes an overview of each course, which gives you information about what to expect in terms of content and learning, as well as assessments and due dates.
Year 9 English
Here are resources for Year 9 English. Your teacher will have more specific information about the teaching and learning taking place in your class.
Year 10 English
Below are important handouts to support you with your learning this year. Your classroom teacher will give you more specific information about the teaching and learning taking place in your class.
Independent Reading: some ideas for 2.9
1. Read the NZQA booklet to understand the task and the standard [you can find this below].
2. Read the NZQA exemplars in the booklet. These give you an idea of the grade boundaries and what to do for an Achievement, Merit or Excellence response.
3. Read, view or listen to a text and take active reading / viewing / listening notes. Think about WHAT your response is, HOW the text made you respond [supporting evidence] and WHY [the purpose].
What do I read, view or listen to?
Ulimately, it is your choice, as long as the text is age-appropriate [R-ratings and content]. Try and choose texts that make you think and respond. They will allow you to develop a quality response. Always ask your teacher, if you need guidance and the librarians are great, also!
If you are stuck for ideas about what to read or listen to for your independent reading log assessment, below are some links [click on the title] to great websites that have articles and podcasts you can read or listen to:
TED talks: TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.
Radio New Zealand: New Zealand's public radio station has some excellent programmes with podcasts to listen to.
The Wireless: Radio New Zealand's public radio station aimed at youth. The Wireless aims to produce inspiring, insightful and entertaining stories for New Zealanders who have grown up in the digital age.
National Geographic: The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.
What a great speech by Ashton Kutcher! What do you think?
Check out this interesting spoken word poem by Sarah Kay. In it, she gives advice she would give to her [future] daughter. What do you think?
How do you measure a man? This is the subject of the poem below, performed by the South Auckland Poet's Collective.
I am me: a spoken word poem by Brian Gashema, a young Auckland poet:
How is this for inspiring?
What is the price of social media? - A spoken word film for an online generation.
'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone. Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk.
Let me be more specific: How can you tell whether a movie does a sucky job with its female characters? Well, pretty easily really: If it can't answer the three questions asked in this video, then it fails the Bechdel Test.
Here's what the test is, who created it, and why it's important for female representation in movies:
Since when did doing something 'like a girl' become an insult? Watch this thought-provoking video.
Here are useful websites for English Skills and Revision.
Writing @ St Andrew's College
Aside from the writing done as part of normal English programmes, students have several opportunities to produce and get help with their creative writing. These include:
- A weekly creative writing “Masterclass”, also known as “Writing for Publication”, held every Monday lunchtime in AB301. All students are welcome to attend. These sessions are taken by our Writer-in-Residence, Mrs Kerrin Davidson (see below).
- Students are encouraged to enter competitions, promoted at the Masterclass, on noticeboards and by teachers
- Once or twice a year, a Middle School and Senior College workshop may be held where writing is produced in a morning session.
- The College has a creative writing competition each year and a Cup is awarded to the best entry.
- The Senior College options programme offers a creative writing module – again run by Mrs Kerrin Davidson.
Our Writer-in-Residence, Kerrin Davidson
We are extremely lucky to have a Writer-in-Residence, Mrs Kerrin Davidson, who works in both the Preparatory and Secondary Schools in and out of classrooms to foster writing talent.
Kerrin is a published poet and one of New Zealand’s most promising poets. Her recent collection, “Three Days in a Wishing Well”, was named by Metro magazine as one of the top ten books published in 2012. She has been included in both New Zealand and international poetry anthologies.
Kerrin loves to help students achieve publication and competition success.
Check out the details for STAC's writing competition for 2016:
English Speech Bookings
Use this booking form to organise a time to present your speech to your teacher.