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ENGLISH Department of English – “Charismatic, Yet Classy”.

whether it be to attend an opening night, work as a relief teacher, or just to have a chat. We are excited to look at the year ahead. There are many exciting things to look forward to and we hope that the impact of the pandemic will continue to dissipate. Prize Winners Year 9 Prize for Drama Felipe Felitti-Duter Year 10 Prize for Drama Angus Vincent Seddon-Smith Prize for Newcomer in Theatre Arts David Wayne Year 11 Prize for Drama Josh Durant Year 12 Prize for Drama Ed Davidson Year 13 Prize for Drama Adam Raitt Cup for Best Senior Actor Ryan Primus Best Theatre Director Ciaran Huntley Best Theatre Production Ciaran Huntley Stage Door Cup for Service to Drama Ollie Jones

the New Zealand Graduate School of Education. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Teaching in the minimum time and immediately took up her post at College as a valued member of our department. Only six months later, she fended off more than 40 other applicants to formalise her position as permanent. A new tradition was established in Term 3 with the introduction of the “English and Media Soirée”. This evening was touted as a celebration of the creativity and inspiration of exponents of literary creativity and media engagement. The attending parents and students viewed recorded excerpts from live- streams of investigative journalism, and listened to students reading original compositions and presenting persuasive speeches. They viewed short films that reimagined College as a totalitarian dystopia and read renditions of a near future inhabited by monsters that confronted us with both the sacred and the profane. Each piece was followed by a short Q&A session with the student creator, which produced some of the highlights of the evening. Watching as students engaged in sophisticated explorations of their work and its literary and social merits was a delight for all. This year marked the 35th year of service at College of our esteemed Deputy Principal Rob Donaldson.

It was with great alacrity that the English department embarked on its 2022 year. Our gamble in offering an array of diversified programmes for the new College Diploma paid off, with students opting into courses that ranged from the robust world of investigative journalism in the Newsroom, via the study and production of art film in On the Cutting Room Floor through to courses examining contemporary society in the form of programmes like Fake It 'Til You Make It and Don’t Judge Me . In spite of these eye-catching titles, core English skills and knowledge were delivered throughout, focusing on new universal approaches such as the grammar-enriched teaching of writing and a renewed focus on structured reading practices. In Term 2, a new English colleague, Charlotte de Roles, arrived. Christchurch-born and bred, Charlotte gained a Bachelor of Arts in English and History at the University of Canterbury, where she took an interest in the prevalence of unconscious bias in the New Zealand education system. Charlotte took a six-month gap, working as an office junior before matriculating at

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