Yass High School has unveiled a new English Honours program for Year 9 & 10 students to start the 2021 school year.

The program is one class of Year 9 and one class of Year 10, with both classes limited to a maximum of 30 students.

Yass High School Head of English teacher Scott Grose has been pleased with students’ response so far.

“I find the students enjoy the prestige of being in the class.”

“It’s all a part of our focus at Yass High School, for high expectations for academic achievement,” he said.

Mr Grose described the course and what it was designed to promote and enable.

“An extension course to extend students who show high levels of English capability.”

“It’s designed to prepare those high achieving English students for the advanced and extension levels in stage 6 (Year 11 and 12),” he said.

Once in the class, the students are consistently monitored and examined to ensure fairness.

“The students gain entry into the class, based on their achievements and aptitude in the previous year, and once they’re in the class, it’s on condition they maintain an excellent work ethic and continue to achieve at a high level.”

“We review the class each semester to make sure all students have the opportunity to gain entry into that class if they’re showing the aptitude and ability to be there,” Mr Grose added.

In conjunction with other initiatives such as the locked Yondr Pouches, which have neutralized phones as distractions to learning and a new homework policy, it is great to see Yass High School’s efforts to improve educational opportunities for Yass’ youth.

Max O’Driscoll