Humanities subjects communicate the knowledge and ideas which guide students in making sense of their own lives and the world around them. These subjects focus on developing students' abilities to participate meaningfully in shaping the community as future citizens. Humanities subjects provide fundamental and essential skills for both the workplace and for tertiary studies.
The Australian Curriculum provides that History is a compulsory subject from Year 7-10 and that Geography is a compulsory subject from Year 7-8. To satisfy this requirement students study a combined subject called Humanities in Year 7-8 that covers both subject areas and History in Years 9 and 10. Geography is offered as an elective choice in Year 9 or 10.
Humanities introduces students to the study of culture, society and the wide-ranging experiences of the peoples of the world over time. In addition, students will continue to learn about the geography of the earth and the impact human activity has on the natural environment.
Humanities provides students with a context for their lives and with the ability to make informed decisions as future citizens. Students learn vital skills for further studies in a range of subjects.
Students undertake beginner courses in Indonesian and Japanese in Year 7, and in Year 8 they can choose to continue their studies. The study of the language of Australia's nearest Asian neighbour, or our largest trading partner, introduces students to strategies for learning a second language and includes conversational and written communication, along with an appreciation of history and culture. LOTE studies lead to many opportunities beyond school, including employment, travel and community involvement.
Commerce in Year 9 or 10 provides an introduction to the world of business. The course includes aspects of small business from planning to successful management, an appreciation of the impact of the global economy on Australian businesses and an understanding of the Australian Stock Exchange. This is a one year course studied in either Year 9 or Year 10.
Child Studies is an elective subject offered in Years 9 and 10. Students investigate factors in the provisions of quality care for young children. The course includes a theoretical component and practical experiences designed to foster student awareness of the complex world of child care. This is a one year course studied in either Year 9 or Year 10.
Introduction to Psychology and Sociology is an elective subject offered in Years 9 and 10. Students will explore information about behavior patterns in individuals and society in general. Topics covered include studies of culture, identity, gender, and the mass media. This subject will appeal to students who are interested in learning about psychological and sociological concepts and exploring theories pertaining to how society functions. This is a one year course studied in either Year 9 or Year 10.