ENGLISH AND MEDIA STUDIES

English helps you to find a voice to tell your stories; a voice that can be creative, critical and inspirational. We want you to extend your imagination through language and literature of all kinds and to become sophisticated speakers and writers. English connects you to a world of ideas through a range of cultural literature that challenges them to think about their own sense of identity, their relationships with others and their place in the world. Through English, you will be able to unlock the skills that enable you to successfully participate in the social, cultural, and political life of New Zealand and the wider world.

LEVEL 1

​English Through Issues

This course is designed for students who are interested in how writers and film makers express world issues. You will cover a range of writing both creative and formal. You will also look at interesting and thought provoking texts ranging from short stories through to film.

You will have the opportunity to follow a personal interest through a range of texts.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 English
Teacher in Charge: Mrs K Bain

Digital Media Technology

This is a TWO line course that combines Media Studies and Digital Technology. In a world where technology is constantly changing, our students will learn basic skills in creating a variety of special effects. They will apply these practical and creative skills to both the film-making and editing processes and will create their own mini-film. If you ever thought about being a game designer, film producer or animator, this course will kick start your career and inspire your creative energy. You will develop practical design skills in a variety of industry standard programs and draw inspiration from a huge variety of exciting sources. This course can lead onto future careers in Digital Technology, as well as in the Gaming Industry, in Film Production, in Film Editing.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 Media Studies
Teacher in Charge: Ms K Manning, Mr P Hewes

Media and Me

Our girls exist in a media saturated world where they are bombarded by mixed messages, false information and manipulative marketing. Media Studies and English compliment each other through the creation and critiquing of texts and encourage students to read beyond and beneath surface meanings. It will give students the skills and confidence to be active rather than passive media citizens, which will in turn allow them to understand the impact different media platforms have on their daily lives. 

This course is equivalent to TWO subject choices.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 and 3 Media as well as preparing you for a range of jobs, e.g. in television/radio/social media. This course is the start of preparing your future-forward skill set
Teacher in Charge: Mrs K Bain

English and Me - Stage 1

This course is designed for students who need to improve their English language skills in order to achieve in other learning areas as well as achieving Level 1 Literacy. The course will also develop writing skills across a number of high interest different text types. 

If students need to take this course, they and their family will have a meeting with the SENCO or HOD English.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 English
Teacher in Charge: Mrs K Bain

English Through Diversity

This course is for students who are interested in voices from different cultures. You will explore films, poems, stories and songs from Maori, Pasifika, European and other writers and film directors, and discuss the issues raised. You will have the opportunity to develop your own voice through different genres of writing and speaking.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 English
Teacher in Charge: Mrs K Bain

English and World Issues

This course is designed for students who have good ability and confidence in English and who may aim to advance to Level 3 in the subject. The course will allow students to explore a range of relevant and engaging issues such as corporate greed, oppression of women and role models. These issues will be studied through the genre of film, novel, poetry and Ted Talks. It also allows students to research an issue that they feel passionate about, e.g. climate change, women’s rights or colourism.

Entry Requirements: Completed 10 Level 1 English Achievement credits including either Formal or Creative Writing
Leads to: Level 3 English
Teacher in Charge: Mrs K Bain

English and Society

This course is designed for students who wish to improve their English language skills in order to achieve UE Literacy. The course will allow students to explore a range of relevant and engaging issues such as women’s rights and gender equality. It also leads on to Level 3 English.

Entry Requirements: Completed 10 Level 1 English credits including Connections and either Formal or Creative Writing
Leads to: Level 3 English
Teacher in Charge: Mrs K Bain

​English and Psychology

What are the fundamental tenets of human nature? How does human character and motivation underpin our human behaviour? Indeed how do motives, emotions, thoughts, and the self, work together to create a personality that can be witnessed in literature and understood in the psychology of personality. Teaching literature from a psychological perspective allows for an analysis that is multi-layered, deepening students' understanding of the construction of character, the creative process, the psychological analysis of text and reader relationships with your audience enabling students to understand the world of the chief protagonist entirely. This is a ONE LINE course.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Future English courses
Teacher in Charge: Mrs C Kelsey

English and Health

This will be equivalent to TWO subject choices, where you will achieve literacy credits through Health topics. Students will look at a variety of texts within the topics of sexuality and gender, adolescent health issues and managing change.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Future English courses
Teachers in Charge: Ms S Williams, Mrs K Geary

From the Page to the Stage: English and Drama

This course will take up TWO lines on your timetable. This course offers our girls the opportunity to link the learning they have in English with the learning that takes place in drama. This course will have an English teacher and Drama teacher who will work closely together to design a programme of study that uses the links between English and Drama in a fun and engaging way. Through this course you can gain up to 36 credits and have the opportunity to gain UE Literacy. If you find that learning through practical activities helps you with your writing and reading skills then this is a good course for you. 

Some of the areas and skills that will be covered by this course are:

  • performing solo or group drama performances
  • rehearsal and performance skills and techniques
  • writing scripts, devising your own drama pieces and learning to direct others
  • in-depth understanding of a complex theatre form
  • exploring the different skills and roles that exist in performance, theatre, and film
  • develop writing skills including how to craft writing for specific purposes
  • explore connections across a range of texts
  • respond to a variety of plays, films, and other written texts
  • research a topic that is relevant to Drama and/or English

You will also be exposed to professional performances and have the opportunity to interact with professionals working in their fields. 

You will also learn useful life skills like collaboration, creativity, problem solving, communication and expression.

Cost and Materials: $30 for theatre trips (optional)
Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 3 Drama, Level 3 English
Teachers in Charge: Mrs M Jarden, Mrs E Miller-Matcham

Media Design

This course is TWO lines, for students who enjoy writing and visual communication. It is also for those who have a love of photography and design. This is a great opportunity to work with their passion within the school magazine as students will produce, design, and write for the school magazine. It is a great chance to be involved and write up about your school. This course will also allow you to gain UE literacy.

Entry Requirements: Level 1 Literacy through English
Leads to: Media Production tertiary courses, publishing, journalism 
Teachers in Charge: Mrs K Bain, Mrs J Dickerson

UE Literacy

English and Me - Stage 2

This course is designed for students who wish to focus exclusively on their literacy skills. Students will work toward achieving their University Entrance Literacy credits through three main English achievement standards – Wide Reading, Research, and the Writing Portfolio.

This course is open to Year 12 and 13 students who are on a two year pathway to Level 2 University Entrance Literacy. 

This course may be taken as a one-year or two-year course. This will be a smaller class and entry into this class is through discussion with your teacher, Mrs Bain (HOD) and Mrs Smith if appropriate.

Entry Requirements: Level 1 Literacy or at the discretion of HOD
Leads to: UE Literacy
Teacher in Charge: Mrs K Bain

UE Literacy

English and the Thinking Woman

This course is designed for students who are confident in English and who may wish to go on to tertiary study. It will prepare students for external assessments at the end of the year plus scholarship.

The course will allow students to explore a range of relevant and engaging issues. Students will be offered topics such as literature, feminist writing, and film analysis. It is best suited to students who are taking external examinations this year.

Entry Requirements: 10 Level 2 Achievement Standards including the Writing Portfolio
Leads to: Tertiary studies in a range of courses
Teacher in Charge: Mrs M Jarden

UE Approved

Media and Society

Simply put Media Studies is the academic study of the world and media that surrounds all of us. Imagine being able to look in depth at this world through both English and Media Studies. You will get the chance to reflect on and analyse the various trends in media and their effects on society. At Level 3, Media Studies and English are a complementary combination of subjects. The students will learn to not only critique a variety of literary texts, but they will be able to discuss, respond to and analyse a variety of media texts through multiple lenses, as well as looking at ethical issues in the media, and the relationships between aspects of the media and society. The students will learn a variety of different writing styles, and apply these to writing essays, reports, seminars, film scripts, feature articles.

There will also be a practical component to the course where the students will learn to plan and design a short film concept and treatment, as well as to learn how to use Adobe Premiere (film editing software) in order to create a short film. The skills they learn in English will be an asset to this planning stage, as well as to the creation of the short film

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: University, EIT, Media industries (Advertising, Film, TV, Journalism, Game Design, Magazine Production), Communications, PR, etc
Teachers in Charge: Mrs K Bain, Ms K Manning

UE Approved

English and Psychology - The Psychology of Character

What are the fundamental tenets of human nature? How does human character and motivation underpin our human behaviour? Indeed how do motives, emotions, thoughts, and the self, work together to create a personality that can be witnessed in literature and understood in the psychology of personality. Teaching literature from a psychological perspective allows for an analysis that is multi-layered, deepening students' understanding of the construction of character, the creative process, the psychological analysis of text and reader relationships with your audience enabling students to understand the world of the chief protagonist entirely.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: English and Psychology are universal qualifications accepted for any career pathway
Teachers in Charge: Mrs M Jarden, Miss S Clifton

UE Approved

​English Surrounds Me

This course is designed for students who are confident in English. The course will allow students to explore a range of relevant and engaging issues such as feminism, racism, and how corporate greed impacts people and society. It is best suited to students who wish to complete an internally assessed course. External examinations may be offered to those who are interested.

Entry Requirements: 10 Level 2 English credits including Research and Under Close Scrutiny
Leads to: Tertiary studies in a range of courses
Teacher in Charge: Mrs K Bain

UE Approved

Diplomat, Journalist, Policy Analyst, Copywriter, Public Relations Professional, Recruiting Manager, Lawyer, Actor, Director (Film, Television, Radio, Stage), Film and Video Editor, Television Presenter, Translator, Library Assistant, Author, Editor, Journalist, Technical Writer, Teacher, Primary School Teacher, Private Teacher, School Principal, Secondary School Teacher, Teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Tertiary Lecturer, Trainer, Barrister, Court/Legal Clerk, Judge, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Customs/Freight Broker, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Management Consultant, Printer, Geospatial Specialist, Procurement Manager, Auctioneer, Lexicographer, Medical Device Sales Representative, Human Resources Generalist, Publicist, Market Research Analyst