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Blacktown Boys High School

Blacktown Boys High School

Partially Selective Boys High School since 2010

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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.

Faculty outline

Our focus in the rapidly changing, globalised world of the 21st century is Critical Literacy. Changing structures in society, increasing social and cultural diversity, and the marketing of ideas and products through multimedia mean that we need to be critically literate for lifelong learning. Students need to make meaning from the variety of multimedia, complex visual imagery, music, sound and virtual worlds that confront them each day, in addition to written and spoken words. Therefore, we examine written, visual, spoken, multimedia and performance texts so that students question and challenge the attitudes, values and beliefs that lie beneath the surface. We strive to keep English interesting and relevant to all of our students. 

Curriculum options

Stage 4: English, ESL, and LaST Support

Stage 5: English, Drama, ESL and LaST Support

Stage 6: English Advanced, English Standard, English Studies (non-ATAR), English (ESL), English Extension 1, English Extension 2 (HSC year only), Drama.

English news          

Welcome to the English Faculty! This year will see some big changes and exciting opportunities in our Faculty! We welcome Ms Johnson and Ms Graham to English this year! We have officially opened our new Drama Studio in the English block, with Year 8 Drama taking off under the guidance of Ms Fuller and Mr Dibbs. Lastly, the English Faculty is excited to announce that English Studies (non-Atar) is now offered in senior school, with Mr D'Souza taking the first even class at BBHS! 

Stay tuned for more English updates and events, including our much anticipated Literacy and Numeracy Week in Term 3! 

ICAS writing 201

Congratulations to all of our students who competed in the annual ICAS Writing competition in Term 2! This year saw 75 students from Years 7-11 take part, with 1 Distinction and 10 Credits being awarded. Congratulations to the following students: 


  • William - Year 10


  • Lachlan - Yr 11
  • Anson - Yr 10
  • Jonathon - Yr 10
  • Jawad - Yr 8 
  • Rishabh - Yr 8 
  • Woohui - Yr 8 
  • Brooklyn B - Yr 7 
  • Nithusan - Yr 7 

English extension II

Congratulations to Mark in Year 12 for completing his Major Work for the English Extension II course! Mark was required to complete a Major Work over the duration of the course. His chosen text type was short story. Mark worked tirelessly with Mrs Bystrzynski to complete his work, titled "The Musings of a Blind Author." Print copies of Mark's story are being printed presently and they will be available to read from the English staffroom. Congratulations again Mark on a fantastic effort 

Year 7 - 8 Debating 

Miss Johnson's year 7 and 8 debating team won two out of three rounds this year. They won against both Erskine Park and Cambridge Park High Schools. Students progressed their debating skills and public speaking ability over the past three terms. All students are to be commended on their dedication to training, and ability to perform their best.