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Human society and its environment

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

·       Economics

·       Geography

·       History Extension

·       Legal Studies

·       Modern History

·       Society and Culture

·       Studies of Religion.


Study Pathways (Stages 4-6)

Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8)



Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10)




Elective History


Work Education

Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12)

Ancient History

Work Studies


Faculty Information

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) involves the study of people, cultures, societies, and environments. Studies in this area encompass people and environments (human and natural) over time. Our diverse range of courses builds an awareness of the environment, social consequences, and historical perspectives. We promote a positive learning environment in which all students are encouraged to enjoy learning, to be self-motivated, reflective, and engaged learners who will be able to succeed in further study, work, or training. Learning more about history continues in the lunchtime Historia Club, which is open to all interested students to attend.

Current Staff

Ms Emma Barrett – Head Teacher

Mr David Atkins – Historia Club co-ordinator

Mr Reuben George

Mr Cameron Rodwell – Boys Advisor, MMM and STEM Club co-ordinator

Mr Alexander Staats – Historia Club co-ordinator