At St Mary’s we believe every child needs to develop essential literacy skills and strategies in order to gain confidence, a sense of enjoyment and knowledge in using multi-literacies to actively participate in an ever changing world.

English is one of the core subjects in The Victorian Curriculum, the mandated curriculum for Catholic schools in Victoria. In teaching English, our motivations are framed by social justice principles of participation, equity and access, so that every child is enabled through literate practices to realise diverse life goals. Our ideal outcome is for all children to develop deep understanding of the linguistic meaning making systems, necessary for a just community and world.

The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them.

At St Mary’s, we aim to ensure that students:

• learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose

• appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue

• understand how Standard Australian English works, in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication, to create meaning

• develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.