English, Media Studies
English can be studied at all year levels and is compulsory to Year 12. Students will focus on the skills of reading and writing. It will involve the study of texts such as novels, plays, films, non fiction, poems and short stories.
"English is the study, use and enjoyment of the English language, communicating orally, visually, and in writing, for a range of purposes and audiences and in a variety of text forms. Learning English encompasses learning the language, learning through the language, and learning about the language." (NZC pg18)
Media Studies is a future-focused subject, which values critical thinking, independence and resilience. Students will learn about how psychology, sociology, advertising and film shape our world and influence our ideas. A highly academic subject combined with a focus on creativity, Media Studies sets students up to be aware of the media landscape they are active consumers, but not always active critiquers of; this gives them the tools to not only analyse, but also to create media content.
Available from Year 12, students will analyse media genres and representations. They will also gain the skills required to produce media products, aiming to showcase them in the annual Hoscars (the Media Studies awards night).