For students to participate in Australian society the study of the English language is essential. At Sunbury Downs College the students are encouraged to develop their own understanding of the world around them. At Years 7 to 10 the English Curriculum at Sunbury Downs uses AusVELs as the basis of its study. The curriculum encourages the development of student’s critical and imaginative thinking and writing skills. These skills are able to be transferred to VCAL/VCE English which extends the students language skills through thinking, reading, writing, speaking and listening.