English

Glenwood High School is an English Home Language school. It is a compulsory subject that is taken by all pupils at the school.

Overview

During their five years at school the pupils complete the GET and FET phase of their education. The GET phase is completed during their grade 8 and 9 years. The pass requirement is 50 percent and pupils are examined by the Government throughout the year through national papers and are required to complete tasks as per a prescribed GET grid.

The FET phase takes place from Grade 10 through to Grade 12. The pass requirement at this level is 40 percent. Pupils are also required at this level to complete various Continuous Assessment (CASS) tasks which include three written examinations in June and November of each year. In Grade 12 Trials examinations are also written in the Third Term.

A Love of Language

Orals form an integral part of each pupils marks throughout the year. Creative Writing is also an essential aspect and pupils are encouraged to join the school’s Writer’s Circle and take part in Creative Writing Competitions such as The ‘Douglas Livingstone Creative Writing Competition in order to develop and hone their creative skills.

The school also has an extensive reading programme with requirements that each pupil has to fulfil each year as part of their oral and writing tasks.

Each year a number of our pupils take part in the “De Beers English Olympiad’ which is a very prestigious and challenging competition where we always perform well.

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

There is also a range of extra-curricular activities available: from Debating, Public Speaking, Forum Discussions and Toastmasters, to various quizzes and Drama.

We aim to teach our pupils to read more widely, think more critically, to speak more confidently, and to write more clearly.

The English Department is a vibrant department with eight full time staff and two part-time staff. All in the department strive to teach with passion in the classroom and to inculcate a love of language and learning amongst all of our pupils.