At Holy Spirit we believe that active and effective participation in society is supported by the ability to speak, listen, read, view and write with confidence, purpose and enjoyment.
The study of English, and the broader concept of literacy, is about:

  • the appropriate and effective use of language for communication
  • the use of language as a means of learning
  • the development of knowledge about language
  • an understanding and appreciation of literature


Different Dimensions

Our English curriculum follows AusVELS (the Australian Curriculum adapted for Victorian schools) and is organised into three dimensions: Reading & Viewing, Writing and Speaking & Listening. Within these broad areas skills and conventions taught include:

  • understanding texts read, viewed and listened to
  • composing written and spoken texts
  • spelling
  • grammar and punctuation
  • handwriting
  • the use of technology as a means of communication


Integrated English

To make practical use of the skills taught, authentic opportunities to integrate English with other curriculum areas are identified and used.

The daily program is guided by AusVELS but is personalised to address the needs and interests of students through a range of individual, small group and whole class activities. Ongoing monitoring of student performance assists teachers to identify student needs and, in collaboration with students, set goals for future learning.