English is the study of communication. Students will learn how to communicate effectively; when they write, when they use visual images, and when they speak. They will also learn how to critically interpret what is being communicated to them.

At PHS English is compulsory in Years 9, 10, and 11. 

Students will develop English skills by: writing creatively and formally, reading and experiencing a range of texts, speaking confidently in front of peers, investigating the way language works and is used, and learning the rules of language to communicate confidently.

Students use the literacy skills they learn in English every day in all our subjects at school and in whatever career they pursue. It is essential to be a good communicator and to be able to fully understand what is being communicated.

Junior English will provide valuable communication skills for life and prepares students for Year 11, 12 & 13 English and beyond.

At Year 11 students may choose to take English with Media, which introduces them to a range of exciting forms of Media. At Year 12 and at Year 13 we specialise in the Media curriculum. This helps our students develop their understanding and application of design thinking, project management, writing for the big screen, and producing for a real live audience. Their challenge is to produce an engaging commercial, film trailer, short film, or documentary for entry into our prestigious Media awards, The Pappies! Our courses prepare students for studying media and communication, Broadcasting school, film production, media design, general media production and future study/career in a media-related industry. Please visit our dedicated PHS Media Studies Website  

Career Options

Copywriter, Public Relations Professional, Actor, Director (Film/Television/Radio/Stage), Film and Video Editor, Television Presenter, Translator, Author, Editor, Journalist, Technical Writer, Primary School Teacher, Private Teacher/Tutor, School Principal, Secondary School Teacher, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Tertiary Lecturer, Trainer, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Management Consultant, Court/Legal Clerk, Geospatial Specialist, Procurement Manager, Auctioneer,