The ability to communicate with each other is the most powerful tool we have as human beings, and the ability to communicate effectively is something that is vital to success, in whatever career or life path we choose. Communication skills, whether written, visual or oral, developed through studying English, are essential in the modern workplace.

English is the study, use and enjoyment of the English language and its literature. By engaging with text-based activities, students become increasingly skilled and sophisticated speakers and listeners, writers and readers, presenters and viewers.
Teaching and learning in the English classroom at our school is based on a collective vision which includes all stakeholders in learning, and encourages strong connections with parents and whaanau.

Programmes reflect the cultural practices of the wider community, affirming and legitimating the culture of the tangata whenua. With the classroom being a ‘whaanau of interest’ students are encouraged to independently, and cooperatively, make choices about their own learning.


“My most treasured possession is an age old guardian that was given to me by my beloved grandmother in a time that has long since been lost from my memory. Its once immaculate gold brown fur is now bleached like old parchment. The soft rosy red velvet that once resembled a nose has been worn down to little more than a hard piece of leather, and yet I know we will always be together. She is a warm light on a dark inhospitable night. She taught me to love and live. She taught me to say goodbye to friends who die. From the first spark of lightning to the last clash of thunder she has protected me. Like Odin’s ravens her glass eyes, although they appear dead and lifeless, healed me when I was heart broken, watched over me when I was scared, found me when I was hidden,  stood by me with every argument, and helped me to remember those who I have lost  – and for that reason I will always treasure her”.

Sasha Meehan

Debate Team - Sophie James, Hone Heron, Jakartia Munro-Smith
OHS Debate Team V's Manawatu College