Wakehurst Public School

Friendship, loyalty, learning

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

Students learn about the English language through written, spoken and visual texts of increasing complexity as they progress through their schooling.

An understanding of the English language is central to how we communicate and essential for 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.

Debating and Public Speaking

From Kindergarten, our students become familiar and comfortable with speaking in front of their class and at assemblies as an integral part of the English key learning area.

From Year 5, students have the opportunity to join the Debating team which participates in the Premier's Debating Challenge competition with other schools in the local area. All students participate in an annual public speaking competition.

Premier's Spelling Bee 

Students also participate in spelling competitions in class to determine our school's representatives for participation in the annual Premier's Spelling Bee in an assembly.

Based on results from our school Spelling Bee, two representatives from Stage 2 and Stage 3 are then selected to compete in the Northern Sydney Regional Spelling Bee.