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Human society and its environment

In the human society and its environment (HSIE) faculty , we cover a vast range of subjects.

In Years 7 - 10 the two compulsory subjects are Geography and History. We also offer elective subjects in Aboriginal Studies, Commerce, Geography, History and International Studies.

Our Senior subjects include: Aboriginal Studies, Ancient History, Business Services, Business Studies, Geography, Legal Studies, Modern History, Retail Studies, Society and Culture  and Work Studies.

The HSIE faculty offers a wide range of excursions each year.

Year 7 - The Australian Museum and Geography Skills Day

Year 8 - The Zoo and Medieval Day

Year 9 - Maitland Gaol and Fort Scratchley site study

Year 10 - Wickham Field study and Sydney Walking Tour

Senior excursions are extensions on the study of each subjects.

In years 7- 10 each topic is presented using common resources and format found in a common powerpoint. The study is then individualised by the classroom teacher to provide an optimium learning experience for each student.

Each year is given a research assignment (Task 1) each semester worth 30%. A copy of these assignments can be found on this Website. Students will be provided with a computer lesson to assist in their research but the students are required to complete the assignment in their own time. Computers are available in the school library during breaks.

On this website we have also provided a range of metalanguage, reading, homework, literacy and numeracy activities that can be completed as extension work. Each student receive an overview for each topic being studied which contains the syllabus dot points, a metalanguage list and a range of essential questions all of which can be used for revision for the exam.

Years 7 & 9 History is studied in Semester One (Terms 1 & 2) and Geography in Semester Two (Terms 3 & 4) remaining with the same teacher for both subjects over the year.

Years 8 & 10 Geography is studied in Semester One (Terms 1 & 2) and History in Semester Two (Terms 3 & 4) remaining with the same teacher for both subjects over the year.

Find attached the film permission notes for Years 9 and 10. The department states that Years 7 and 8 are only permitted to view G and PG rated material while Year 9 and 10 can view M rated material with permission from parents and carers. Senior students are permitted to watch G, PG, and M rated material but must have permission to view MA rated material. Senior teachers will send out permission notes if MA material is to viewed by Senior students.

Year9 Film permission (docx 232 KB)

Year10 Film permission (docx 232 KB)

We welcome any contact with our community and extend a warm welcome to parents and carers to contact our faculty.


Anna Howard

Head Teacher HSIE


Our Staff

Anna Howard (HT)

Stacey Ewer

Ed Seaby

Kim Dean

Katie Bowden

Lynn Donges

Rhys Hughes

Michael Patrick