Pupils refine their speaking and listening in several ways: in-depth classroom discussion; the opportunity to record material for the school radio station; the Colin Pearson public speaking competition and English Speaking Board examinations, which reward pupils’ recitation, narration and presentation skills.
Reading and Writing
Junior Paulines read, study and write about text in many forms. They learn to interpret meaning, to explore its impact on readers and to question how it is made. Analytical essay-writing, an essential discipline at Senior School, is explicitly taught. Boys develop independent, evidence-based thought, structure it logically and express it as persuasive argument. We celebrate and study interesting, ambitious pupil writing, projecting it through display, via iPad in the classroom, or publication in the weekly Grapevine newsletter and annual Coletine magazine. Creative writing is also nurtured through our Playwriting Competition, with shortlisted plays going into full production with the Drama Department.
Pupils read a range of texts together in class and regularly visit the school library with their teachers to choose books and to read.
“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change…windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”
English Staff Members