Literacy

Our programs support enhanced literacy outcomes for students through innovative creative and persuasive writing activities.

Sydney Story Factory 'Write Time Write Place'

Year 7 and 8 students identify landmarks around their local area and write stories about them. This project will simultaneously foster young people's creativity, celebrate and validate their connections to the place they call home; and provide a platform for teenagers to express their pride in their community in meaningful ways. In the final workshop, students will have their work published online at ASTAR.TV, which provides a lasting record of their considerable effort.

Year group: Year 7 & 8
Delivery: Term 2 & 3

Digital Narrative

Year 9 students compose and share their stories on a digital platform and have their work published on ASTAR.TV. This is a literacy centred activity that can be used across several Key Learning Areas and explores different text types. This program is supported by Now See Hear professional learning, online teacher resources including suggested lesson plans and pro formas, as well as the provision of iPads for the classroom. Accompanying Now See Hear teacher professional learning is compulsory with this program.


Year group: Year 9
Delivery: Term 2 & 3
Six one-hour workshops across six weeks

Resources

Prep For NAPLAN

Need help in the classroom preparing for NAPLAN? University of Sydney trained student volunteers support teachers by working with students in the classroom using the online program Studiosity, to run through NAPLAN style practice questions and quizzes. This five-week program is designed to familiarise students with NAPLAN style questioning and examination techniques. Accompanying teacher professional learning is compulsory with this program.

Year group: Year 9
Delivery: Term 1 & 2

Seymour Centre Presents 'Which Way Home'

Schools are invited to attend a live performance of 'Which Way Home' from the Ilbijerri Theatre Company at the Seymour Centre. The Ilbijerri Theatre Company tells stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today. Infused with humour and heart 'Which Way Home' draws on writer Katie Beckett's own memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father. Suitable for students in Year 9 and above.

Year group: Years 9-12
Delivery: Term 3

The LINK Project

Run by the Department of English, The LINK Project develops students’ critical and creative capacities by enhancing their engagement with texts and textual cultures. Participating students will work closely with staff and students from the Department of English across a series of dynamic workshops designed to enrich and enliven their studies in literature, drama, screen studies and creative writing. The LINK Project is funded by the Nelson Meers Foundation.

Year group: Years 9-12
Delivery: Available across the year

Smash Essay Writing

Year 11 students will receive key tips and strategies, daring them to creatively improve their essay writing skills for the HSC. This workshop is delivered as a package with the Thinking Ahead workshop.

Year group: Year 11
Delivery and duration: Term 2, One-hour workshop

Sydney Story Factory Discover Creative Writing Workshop

In this workshop, students tackle the creative writing section of the HSC English paper. Year 11-12 students will work through a series of writing activities and prompts that encourage them to work on character development and story structure while including ideas about how to explore the concept of discovery in their writing. This workshop is delivered as a package with the Critical Thinking Workshop.

Year group: Year 11 & 12
Delivery: Term 4

Seymour Centre HSC Symposium Series

Year 11 and/or 12 students visit the Seymour Centre to view live performances of HSC syllabus Shakespeare plays, which are interspersed with expert commentary from performers as they enact famous scenes and speeches in various ways, challenging the way students analyse Shakespeare. Performers open up diverse critical readings, unlock language and characters and answer students' questions. Detailed student notes are also offered as part of the program.

Year group: Year 11 & 12
Delivery: Term 2

Seymour Centre presents 'The Season'

Year 11 and/or 12 classes are invited to watch a live performance of 'The Season' at the Seymour Centre. Sharp as a tack and blunt as a brick, this production features the exciting – but all too rare – combination of an Aboriginal writer, director and seven member cast of some of the nation's most distinguished Aboriginal actors, including Trevor Jamieson (The Secret River) and Tammy Anderson (I Don't Want to Play House). Together they deliver this disarming, funny story of the Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and community, its passion and pride.

Year group: Year 11 & 12
Delivery: Term 3

Languages at Sydney: Go Global

Whether students are continuing or want to learn a language from scratch, this event will give Year 12 students, careers advisors and senior language teachers a taste of what it's like to study language at university. The School of Languages and Cultures in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences annual Languages at Sydney: Go Global is held annually during Orientation Week it gives students the opportunity to hear from language students and academics about career opportunities, as well as attend language-specific immersion tutorials.

Year group: Year 12
Delivery: 2 March, 1.30-4.30pm

Year 12 Sydney Festival Experience

Year 12 Advanced English students attend Sydney Writers Festival and collaborate with interns and staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' Media Hub. Students engage with podcasts, interviews, photography and social media, and attend selected festival presentations. This program enables students to experience writing and reading through an author's lens.

Year group: Year 12
Delivery: Term 2