In human society and its environment (HSIE), both subjects of history and geography are mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.
Students learn specific historical and geographical concepts and skills in history and geography. They also have an opportunity to learn more about people and the societies and environments in which they live through elective subjects in Years 7 to 10 (Stages 4 to 5).
A large number of individual subjects make up the key learning area of HSIE in which students:
- research, gather and analyse information
- question and make judgements
- write for a variety of purposes.
In Year 11 and 12, students can choose from a range of HSIE courses. These include:
- Aboriginal Studies
- Ancient History
- Business Studies
- History Extension
- Legal Studies
- Modern History
- Society and Culture
- Studies of Religion.
In History we teach the glory and excitement of the Ancient World such as Gladiators in the Arena and the Greek Hoplites defying the Immortals of Persia. We build the Great Wall of China and we experience the fear and horror of the destroyed city of Pompeii.
We use Walls that Teach, a concept that allows students to use phones or mobile devices to gain knowledge from the walls using QR Readers or the App Aurasma. iPads are used to explore and discover the mysteries of the past.
History also presents commemorative services for ANZAC DAY and Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day this year will be held around our own Memorial Garden.
All students complete the study of History in years 7-10. In years 11-12 History is an elective unit with students having the opportunity to study Ancient History, Modern History, Extension History and Society & Culture.
Our greatest asset is a dedicated and enthusiastic group of teachers who are really passionate about the teaching of History and the process of learning it requires.