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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.

Learning from home during the COVID-19 crisis

The HSIE faculty is providing work for all of our students during this period. Teachers are uploading daily lessons for students to follow via Compass to continue to deliver high quality learning activities that align with the syllabus.

Students and their parents/caregivers have access to these lessons via the Compass portal and students should be logging in daily to view their learning tasks. Assessment tasks will also appear on Compass and students will need to complete these by the due date and submit their work electronically.

Teachers will communicate to their classes via Compass and their Google Classrooms including providing feedback on student work.

If additional work is required, the HSIE faculty directs you to the following resources:

-          Education Perfect

This site provides students with online learning in all curriculum areas for students to revise skills and content.

-          The Department of Education Learning From Home page

This site provides additional units of work for students to access if extension work is required.

-          National Education Standards Authority (NESA)

Years 7-10

Years 11-12

This site provides access to the syllabus

-          NESA Past HSC Papers

This site provides access to past HSC papers for Year 12 students to practise HSC exam-style questions.

If you or your child have questions please contact the classroom teacher via email. If you or your child have questions please contact the classroom teacher via email or the Head Teacher