In continuing to develop the College’s English curriculum, the English Learning Area values the insight of our young people. Recently, a group of students from the College were invited to share their experiences with reading and asked to visually represent what reading is like for them. The data provided by this feedback is invaluable for staff and a reminder of the personal nature of reading. While some readers visualise what they read, reading can also be an auditory process. Many readers relate to a text by making connections to prior knowledge, while others prefer to read about contexts that are very different to their own lives. In summary, every reader is unique.
These deeply individualised experiences are a reminder of the need to employ a range of strategies in the English classroom to ensure that all readers are provided with the best opportunity to understand and derive pleasure from the material. Some of the strategies used at Salesian College include visualisation, enactment and inquiry. The photographs below depict Year 7 students exploring enactment strategies in their analysis of Andy Mulligan’s novel, Trash.
Such feedback is also a reminder of the role of good reading habits in the development of literacy and critical thinking - life skills that young people will rely on for success in the world post-school. You can support your child with this at home by encouraging them to read regularly and initiating dialogue about what they are reading and what the experience of reading is like for them. The transfer of learning habits from the school environment to the world outside Salesian College greatly influences a young person’s belief in the relevance of what they are doing at school and motivates them to pursue excellence.
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An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast