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Friday, June 30th 2017

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Year 12 English Conference 2017

As part of the Year 12 Retreat week, the English Department had the opportunity to get in experts to work on key literacy areas with the Year 12 students. In the Marist Auditorium, students participated in workshops and lectures from a host of external and school presenters.

All of the sessions were tailored to the specific learning needs of Newman College students, based on data from the Semester 1 exams and reports. pdfEnglish and Literature Conference 2017

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Lisa Mack is an author of National Curriculum publications including Good Answers English and Literature and Pearson English. She worked with Literature and English ATAR students on a diverse range of topics from representation to voice and perspective. The small group sessions ensured critical reading practices could be modelled and workshopped across the day. Helen Knowles, an educator from Los Angles and Australia, developed critical thinking through a guided marking session of the English ATAR exam comprehension section.

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English ATAR and General students worked with several professionals to develop analytical skills and writing ability in a range of fiction and non-fiction styles. Dr Fiona Burrows from UWA guided groups on the creative writing process. David Allan-Petale a journalist who as work for the ABC, BBC World, Al Jazeera and Sky News, was commissioned to develop a workshop on interpretative writing. Simon Miraudo a Rotten Tomatoes-certified critic and contributor to The Guardian and Breakfasts with Peter Bell on ABC720, walked students through how to write a film review and the applications to the WACE Exams.

DDSjifeUQAA9wBOConceptual Extension
Lynette Van Ravestein walked students through the links between the English ATAR syllabus and the WACE exam. Aaron Richards and Jenny Miraudo, both presenters at State English conferences, introduced aestheticism to Literature students. Peter Jones presented his lecture, Representation of Fear, which was originally commissioned by The University of Notre Dame Australia for an Arts Symposium.

Financial Literacy
Kelsey Fink, a State English conference presenter, introduced the fundamentals of Earning, Saving, Spending and Investing (ESSI) through the ESSI Money Game. The majority of Term 3 will be spent on writing a report based on their research into the basics of finance.

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