Figtree High School

Crescere Fidere Statuere

Telephone02 4271 2787


English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

In English, students learn about the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected. Complexity increases as students progress through their schooling.

Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators; critical and imaginative thinkers; lifelong learners; and informed, active participants in Australian society. Their understanding of English through knowledge and skills acquisition is essential to their intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:

  • English Extension 2
  • English Extension 1
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Studies
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Life Skills.


The study of English and Drama at Figtree High School is consolidated by an approach that fosters reflective thinking and a growth mindset. Students are able to connect, succeed and thrive through differentiated teaching and learning opportunities. Students are encouraged to set personal goals through portfolio based work which encompasses regular reflection and feedback. This promotes collaborative and creative thinking enabling students to become independent and resourceful learners.

Literacy is fundamental to a student's ability to learn at school and to engage productively in society. This is reflected in the conceptual approach, which underpins the English and Drama departments programs. Students challenge and broaden their understanding of themselves and their world.

The study of English and Drama at Figtree High School enables students to become confident, creative and reflective thinkers.


Staff information

  • Ms A Minztas – Head Teacher
  • Ms D Bartlett
  • Ms L Berriman
  • Ms C Grant
  • Ms J McCarthy
  • Ms A Lloyd
  • Ms J Williams 
  • Ms N Young
  • Mr E Porteous

Subjects Offered

Stage 4 (Years 7 & 8) Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10) Stage 6 (Years 11 & 12)

English (all ability classes)

Drama component in the English program for both 7 and 8

Literacy class

English ( Advanced and all ability classes)



English Advanced (Board endorsed 2U)

English Standard (Board endorsed 2U)

English Studies (Board endorsed 2U as of 2018 in Year 11)

English Extension 1 (1U Board endorsed)

English Extension 2 (1U Board endorsed)




Extra Curricular Activities

  • Public Speaking

  • Creative writing competitions

  • Drama festivals

  • Debating

  • Premier's reading challenge

  • Excursions/Theatre visits

  • NIDA workshops

  • Poetry competitions

  • Shakespeare Festival


Major Awards that the Area has Received

  • Inclusion in ONSTAGE for HSC Drama

  • Extension 2 English Major Works nomination for inclusion in the Writer's Showcase

  • Top 4% in the Australian writing competition

  • NAIDOC public speaking and debating award