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.
The faculty has the exciting opportunity of presenting a huge range of subjects from across the Humanities field. The list of subjects is extensive and is linked to programs, course information and support resources for students and parents.
We are able to present to students some unique learning experiences which allow them "hands on" opportunities while learning. These include three Archaeological Dig Sites on the school grounds, a real trench constructed from sand bags and a bushland for that real life Geography experience. Our Business Studies course is taught through a student run enterprise. All businesses have been extremely profitable and teach our students so many important lifelong lessons. Legal Studies students have recently been competing successfully in the Regional Mock Trial competitions. There are visits from medieval knights, solicitors, archaeologists and business people from the community. Of course these activities and resources would not be possible without the commitment and enthusiasm of our staff. It's pretty exciting working with them and supporting their ideas.
Additional to all this, is our venture into e-Learning, wireless connections and the Laptop revolution. We also have a huge Clickview Library to access digital video media from our desk tops. Learning will never be the same because our teaching is responding to these challenges and the outcomes are a more relevant, exciting medium from which to teach and learn by.