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Empowering the Future: Nurturing Critical Thinkers and Leaders in English and Humanities

In my role as the Subject Coordinator of English and Humanities at our prestigious all-girls school, it is my privilege to provide you with insights into our educational journey through the domains of literature, history, and the humanities.

Curiosity serves as the cornerstone of intellectual growth. Within our English and Humanities classrooms, we strive to foster a culture of inquiry, encouraging our students to pose questions, explore new horizons, and challenge conventional perspectives. Our aim extends beyond mere acquisition of knowledge; we endeavor to facilitate an understanding of the underlying 'whys' and 'hows' that underpin factual information. We seek to inspire our students to delve deeper into the subject matter, whether it involves dissecting a sonnet, unraveling historical narratives, or contemplating the ethical dimensions of literary works.

In the present era, critical thinking is a skill of paramount importance. Our curriculum is meticulously designed to nurture the ability to scrutinise, evaluate, and synthesise information critically. We aspire to equip our students with the capacity to confront challenges with analytical prowess, question assumptions, and independently arrive at thoughtful solutions. This process is integral to the empowerment we endeavor to provide to each student.

Independence is a fundamental aspect of personal growth and lifelong learning. In our English and Humanities classes, we emphasise the development of self-directed learning. Through research projects, individual presentations, and opportunities for self-guided study, we encourage our students to take ownership of their educational journey. Our ultimate goal is to instill within them the qualities of independent thought and problem-solving, qualities that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Situational awareness transcends the boundaries of the classroom and extends into the broader spectrum of life. Our curricular discussions encompass current events, ethical quandaries, and global issues, with the intention of heightening our students' awareness of the world around them. We seek to nurture a sense of global citizenship and empower our students with the acumen to navigate complex situations with empathy and discernment.

Our overarching objective in the realm of English and Humanities is to empower our students to become future leaders, thinkers, and contributors to society. We expose them to diverse perspectives and encourage them to engage in meaningful dialogues on issues of significance. Our students do not graduate merely as repositories of knowledge but as individuals equipped with the capability to effect positive change in their communities and the world at large.

I extend my heartfelt appreciation to our dedicated educators, supportive parents, and, above all, our exceptional students, who infuse our department with vitality and purpose. Together, we shape a brighter future characterised by confident, independent thinkers and leaders.

Katelyn Schulz

English and Humanities Subject Coordinator



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