English / Ingarihi

Ko te reo te tuakiri. Ko te reo tōku hurei. Ko te reo te ora. 
Language is my identity; language is my uniqueness; language is life.

In the English Learning Area, ākonga study, use, and enjoy language and literature, communicated orally, visually, and in writing, for a range of purposes and audiences, and in a variety of text forms. Learning about language and literature from Aotearoa and around the world enables ākonga to build literacy, walk in different worlds, access the thoughts and perspectives of others, and make linguistic and cultural connections.

The English Learning Area opens up pathways that enable all ākonga to make the most of their life opportunities and to enhance their employability, by becoming effective oral, written, and visual communicators with the capacity to think critically and in depth. 

Understanding, using, and creating oral, written, and visual texts of increasing complexity is at the heart of English teaching and learning. By engaging with text-based activities, students become increasingly skilled and sophisticated speakers and listeners, writers and readers, presenters and viewers. 

– Ministry of Education, Te Mātaiaho, The New Zealand Curriculum

Subjects Offered in 2024

The Learning Area of English offers the following subjects in 2024:

  • English in Years 9, 10, 11*, 12 & 13
  • Te Awakairangi in Years 12 & 13

*English in Year 11 also offers two separate thematic courses – English through Exercise, and English: Myths, Magic, and Monsters.

Studying English

English is available at all year levels and is compulsory up to Year 11. Targeted support programmes are also available from Year 9 through to Year 12.

Te Awakairangi is a course designed to make global issues local. Using the knowledge of our local place, Hutt Valley and the Wellington region, students look back in history and into the future to understand where they find themselves now. It is designed to appeal to socially conscious students who want to better recognise their place in this world, develop a sense of social responsibility, understand biodiversity and our ecological footprint, and grasp differing perspectives on local and global issues.

For more information, contact Head of English, Mark Houghton at mark.houghton@hvhs.school.nz


Learning Areas & Subjects