English

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

English Details

The aim of the English Department at Wynberg Boys’ High School is to produce boys who are literate, articulate and independent and who are critical thinkers; able to analyse and respond to any text and hold their own in any university humanities degree.

By creating a vibrant and exciting learning atmosphere and by maintaining a good working environment and disciplined work ethic, the English Department is striving to equip our young men with the means to understand the world around them and communicate effectively. Through careful selection of set workbooks and poetry, the English Department ensures that the boys are exposed to challenging literature that is relevant but at the same time of a high literary standard.

Boys are exposed to a host of opportunities, including annual visits to the Maynardville Open Air Theatre, participation in the De Beers English Olympiad, the Annual SACEE language challenge, as well as annual English competitions, which allow our students to develop their skills and their independence.

A Word from the Head of English

Ms Jocelyn De Mink

All students study English Home Language. The subject consists of the four basic elements of English: Writing, Reading, Speaking, and Listening. In addition, we cover a range of Grammar topics, carefully laid out in a set of 14 booklets developed by one of our own staff members. These booklets are covered in Grades 8 and 9, providing students with a firm foundation necessary for the more complicated and abstract work to follow.

In addition to grammar, every Grade covers setworks in literature and poetry, selected by the English Department and by the Department of Education for Grade 12. We cover a wide variety of genres from modern day fantasy to the classics. There is also a Film Study module in Grade 10 for the aspiring film-makers in our midst.