English Faculty News

Staffing Changes

This year we have welcomed Mrs Aitkin back from maternity leave.  She is teaching three days a week while Mr Di-Ienno is working the other two days.  Mrs Conn resigned at the end of January and so in Term One we have welcomed Mr Lukeman, a very experienced HSC teacher from the coast.  Mrs Macintosh is Relieving Head Teacher English for this term.

Wriiting Competiton

All English students are encouraged to develop their creative writing skills.  Consequently, students draft their original stories, edit several times and enter various writing competitions.  This year, these will include the Henry Lawson Grenfell Awards, Tamar Valley Short Story Competition, Mudgee Valley Writers’ Youth Literary Award, Banjo Paterson Writing Awards and the Whitlam Institute What Matters?  competition.  Additionally, the school may be informed of other competitions throughout the year.

In 2015, Coonabarabran High School students had a great deal of success with their writing.  This included winning approximately $1,500 in prize money as well as various substantial trophies.

Students interested in these competitions should speak to their English teacher or see Mrs Macintosh who co-ordinates these entries.

HSC Classes

Year 12 students should be preparing for their Half-Yearly Examinations in March.  To assist with their HSC studies, students are kindly asked to make a small contribution towards the cost of online Edrolo lectures.  Details were explained in a letter given to students on February 11th.  Money should be paid to Ms Ryan in the Accounts Office.

Other Activities

The English faculty will be involved in a range of enriching activities this year including debating, public speaking, musical, theatre excursions to “Wuthering Heights” and “Shoehorn Sonata”, Shakespeare Festival, visiting Shakespearean performers, author visits, Feast of Words and so on.

We all look forward to a happy and successful year in the English faculty.

E Macintosh