This Faculty comprises six subject areas: English, French, Japanese, Maori, Media Studies and ESOL. We are well resourced and have a strong teaching staff who are well qualified, highly experienced and innovative.


Head of Faculty: Dave Byrne

English is a compulsory subject from Year 9 to Year 12 and is widely chosen by our Year 13 students.

In the junior school we teach a varied and interesting programme, with the content being carefully matched to the needs of students in particular classes. We focus on developing the key communication skills whilst encouraging students to relate their own experiences to literature texts

In the senior school we achieve excellent results in our NCEA classes: in several Achievement Standards we gain a pass rate of over 90%. At Level 3, 70% of students choose to study English. At Years 11 – 13 we offer a range of courses, each designed to suit the interests and abilities of our students.

In 2018 we will be continuing to offer our successful Scholarship English programme.

Other Languages

FHS Tokyo Sister SchoolAt Feilding High School we offer both French and Japanese at all year levels. Both subjects offer the opportunity of international travel so that students can use their language skills to participate in another culture.

Every three years students visit Mazamet, a small town in the south of France. Part of the learning experience depends on the fact that Mazamet is not a tourist town. Students can therefore be immersed in real French life and culture.

Our students of Japanese go on three week educational tours to Japan every two or three years with Mr Tate. They travel by high speed bullet trains from Tokyo to Hiroshima in the south and to Hokkaido in the north for the annual Snow Festival in January- February. They also stay with students from our sister school near Tokyo, visit the Peace Park and bomb museum in Hiroshima, the ancient capital and cultural city of Kyoto, stay at a hot spring spa hotel in Morioka and spend three days in Sapporo at the world famous "Yuki Matsuri" - snow festival. It is the "trip of a lifetime."

Media Studies

We offer Media Studies as part of our curriculum from Year 10 through to Year 13.

We are a film based option which supports the English curriculum successfully. We are a language rich subject; students develop high level writing skills with perceptive analysis and analytical thinking.

We offer Scholarship at Year 13: 15 of our students have gained this prestigious award since 2005.

Many of our students go on to university and study Media Studies, Journalism, Film and Communications in preparation for their future occupations.