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St Clare’s is a 7 to 12 co-educational high school of 730 students situated in Taree in the Mid North Coast the Manning Valley of NSW. St Clare's was established in 1971 as a systemic, coeducational, regional high school catering for students from Taree, Forster/Tuncurry, Wingham, Bulahdelah, Krambach/Nabiac and Gloucester parishes. It continues a tradition of quality secondary education in the Manning/Great Lakes Region which commenced in 1926, at Taree, by the Sisters of St Joseph.

The English Faculty at St Clare’s High School aims to promote the skills of communication through the use of different textual forms and mediums of production. This is achieved either in our classrooms or through extra-curricular and cross curricular activities.

Our classes are either graded or banded in years 7-10 as we feel that this is more advantageous to the students in that they are surrounded in the learning space by students with similar abilities and can therefore work at a steady pace instead of being held back, left behind or pushed ahead before they are ready. Lessons and programmes are targeted to suit the academic level of any particular group.  Life Skills English is offered in Years 8-12.

English is a compulsory subject and in the Senior School students have the choice of studying Advanced English, Standard English, English Studies, Extension 1 and Extension 2 English. 

At St Clare’s, the study of English supports the Catholic ethos of the school. Programmes reflect a development and expression of personal values based on students own understanding of moral, ethical and spiritual matters.

The study of English is to be both challenging and enjoyable for all students.

Students need to become active, independent learners who are able to work and reflect with each other. Students are also encouraged to reflect on their own learning and to also put their learning into practice through extra-curricular activities such as debating and public speaking.

We understand that language learning is recursive and develops through ever widening contexts. Students learn appropriate English skills through the explicit teaching of language and through their immersion in a diverse range of meaningful and challenging language experiences.

In Stages 4 and 5 students will study:

  • Spoken text
  • Print texts
  • Visual texts
  • Media, multimedia and digital texts

Across each stage, texts will include:

  • Texts widely regarded as literature
  • Australian texts which give insights into Aboriginal experiences
  • Texts from other countries and times
  • Literature from other countries and from other times
  • Texts written about intercultural experiences
  • Texts that provide insights about the people and cultures of Asia
  • Texts that include aspects of environmental and social sustainability
  • A wide range of cultural, social and gender perspectives, popular cultures and youth cultures
  • Picture books, nonfiction texts and graphic novels
  • Everyday and workplace texts
  • An appropriate range of digital texts, including film, media and multimedia

The faculty consists of a diverse group of people who are strong teachers, good planners, dedicated to our subject area and willing to share their expertise with each other. All teachers have a sound knowledge of the 7-10 syllabus as well as a specialised knowledge of the Stage 6 Syllabus