St Mary's English courses are based on the Australian Curriculum. Students learn about the English language and how to use it effectively through their study of a wide range of written, spoken, multi-modal and visual texts. Our courses are designed to foster a lifelong interest in language and a love of reading and creating texts. Students learn to create texts of their own and to engage with those produced by other people. They are invited to enter competitions and listen to visiting writers, poets and performing artists in order to extend their class studies of English.

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

English is a compulsory subject.

Years 11 and 12

It is compulsory for students in Years 11 and 12 to study an English subject chosen from English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D). English ATAR and English General are offered in Years 11 and 12.


Literature ATAR is offered in Years 11 and 12. In the Literature ATAR courses, students learn to create readings of literary texts and to create their own texts, including essays, poems, short stories, plays and multimodal texts. They engage with literary theory and study literary texts in great detail. They also learn to read texts in terms of their cultural, social and historical contexts, their values and attitudes, and their use of generic conventions and literary techniques. Students learn about literary language, narrative, image and the power of representation. Students experience the aesthetic and intellectual pleasure that reading and creating literary texts can bring.

English as an Additional Lanugauge

The English as an Additional Language/Dialect courses are designed for students who speak another language or dialect as their first or ‘home’ language. EAL/D focuses on development of the competent use of Standard Australian English (SAE) in a range of contexts. The EAL/D ATAR course develops academic English skills to prepare students for tertiary study. EAL/D is not available as a subject prior to Year 11.

All students enrolled in the EAL/D course must meet strict eligibility criteria.