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Our students follow a creative, challenging and varied course in English, culminating in all of our students taking both English and English Literature at GCSE, and many of our students choose English at A Level.

 

In each of the first three years of  Key Stage 3 students study a range of units of work covering poetry, prose fiction, media, non-fiction, drama and grammar. Each year group works enthusiastically on a play by Shakespeare: year 8 work on "Macbeth"; year 9 work on "Romeo and Juliet"; year 10 work on comedy, which may include "A Midsummer Night's Dream" or "Much Ado About Nothing" or "The Taming of the Shrew".

 

The  English department believes reading for pleasure is at the heart of success in English. Each year we run a 'Reading Week' in which students take part in a sponsored readathon in aid of the local charity, NICFC.  The college also holds a book fair and students take part in a range of activities and competitions.

 

At GCSE students study AQA English language and literature.  Texts studied include Shakespeare's "Hamlet", "The Woman in Black" by Susan Hill, "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, "An Inspector Calls" by J.B.Priestley, "Lord of the Flies’’ by William Golding and poetry by Ben Jonson, Robert Browning, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Simon Armitage, Gillian Clarke and a wide range of international authors from across the many cultures of the English speaking world. Students also study and write non-fiction and media texts and take part in discussion, debate and drama.

 

At A Level, we follow the CCEA English literature specification. Current texts include: Shakespeare's "The Tempest", Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie", F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"  and the poetry of Heaney and Montague. A2 students study Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre", Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea ", and Jennifer Johnston's "The Illusionist", all relating to the theme of women in society. John Donne's poetry , Ibsen's "A Doll's House " and Osborne's "Look Back in Anger"  complete  the study of A2 Literature. Our students' coursework is demanding and original and many students have achieved full marks.

 

The English department runs a number of extra-curricular clubs, such as Literacy Club,  and the flourishing Poetry Club, see the Creativity Blog to read some poetry written by members of the poetry group hosted by our own poet in residence Grainne Tobin.

 

Shimna's Published Authors Our English department includes several published authors. Former members of staff Grainne Tobin and Shirley McMillan have published and performed their poetry and have also had work broadcast on radio. Ellen McVea and Noreen Doran were both members of the writing team which produced the textbook for GCSE English used in schools and colleges across Northern Ireland. Noreen has also worked on  Key Stage 3 textbooks for the revised curriculum.

Staff

Noreen Doran-Lahey

Jeff Armstrong

Maria Steele

Mairi McCurdy

Ellen McVea

Amy Bell

Noreen Salters 

 

Our students follow a creative, challenging and varied course in English, culminating in all of our students taking both English and English Literature at GCSE, and many of our students choose English at A Level.

 

In each of the first three years of  Key Stage 3 students study a range of units of work covering poetry, prose fiction, media, non-fiction, drama and grammar. Each year group works enthusiastically on a play by Shakespeare: year 8 work on "Macbeth"; year 9 work on "Romeo and Juliet"; year 10 work on comedy, which may include "A Midsummer Night's Dream" or "Much Ado About Nothing" or "The Taming of the Shrew".

 

The  English department believes reading for pleasure is at the heart of success in English. Each year we run a 'Reading Week' in which students take part in a sponsored readathon in aid of the local charity, NICFC.  The college also holds a book fair and students take part in a range of activities and competitions.

 

At GCSE students study AQA English language and literature.  Texts studied include Shakespeare's "Hamlet", "The Woman in Black" by Susan Hill, "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, "An Inspector Calls" by J.B.Priestley, "Lord of the Flies’’ by William Golding and poetry by Ben Jonson, Robert Browning, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Simon Armitage, Gillian Clarke and a wide range of international authors from across the many cultures of the English speaking world. Students also study and write non-fiction and media texts and take part in discussion, debate and drama.

 

At A Level, we follow the CCEA English literature specification. Current texts include: Shakespeare's "The Tempest", Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie", F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"  and the poetry of Heaney and Montague. A2 students study Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre", Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea ", and Jennifer Johnston's "The Illusionist", all relating to the theme of women in society. John Donne's poetry , Ibsen's "A Doll's House " and Osborne's "Look Back in Anger"  complete  the study of A2 Literature. Our students' coursework is demanding and original and many students have achieved full marks.

 

The English department runs a number of extra-curricular clubs, such as Literacy Club,  and the flourishing Poetry Club, see the Creativity Blog to read some poetry written by members of the poetry group hosted by our own poet in residence Grainne Tobin.

 

Shimna's Published Authors Our English department includes several published authors. Former members of staff Grainne Tobin and Shirley McMillan have published and performed their poetry and have also had work broadcast on radio. Ellen McVea and Noreen Doran were both members of the writing team which produced the textbook for GCSE English used in schools and colleges across Northern Ireland. Noreen has also worked on  Key Stage 3 textbooks for the revised curriculum.

Staff

Noreen Doran-Lahey

Jeff Armstrong

Maria Steele

Mairi McCurdy

Ellen McVea

Amy Bell

Noreen Salters 

 

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Contact Details
Address: The Lawnfield, King Street, Newcastle, Co Down, BT33 0HD
Telephone: 028 437 26107   Fax: 028 437 26109
E Mail: info@shimna.newcastle.ni.sch.uk

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Contact Details
Address: The Lawnfield, King Street, Newcastle, Co Down, BT33 0HD
Telephone: 028 437 26107   Fax: 028 437 26109
E Mail: info@shimna.newcastle.ni.sch.uk

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