HSIE

The HSIE Faculty in 2017 consists of the following staff:

Mr Andrew Barnes – Head Teacher HSIE (relieving)
andrew.t.barnes@det.nsw.edu.au

Mr Alex Barraza

Mr David Jackel - Year 9 Adviser / Green Thumbs Club

Ms Lauren Jones - Deputy Principal

Miss Melissa Jones - Year 11 Adviser / Creative Arts Team / Wakakiri

Mrs Cathy Pearse – Deputy Principal

Ms Elenor Proops – (Mon/Tues) – Year 11 Adviser

Mr Andrew Rogers – Year 7 Adviser

Mr Ranald Weir - Running Club

Mr Giovanni Valentino

JUNIOR PATTERN OF STUDY 2017

Year 7 will study the stage 4 Geography course across the whole year.

Year 8 will study the stage 4 History course across the whole year.

Year 9 will study the stage 5 Geography course across the whole year.

Year 10 will study the stage 5 History course across the whole year.

 

HSIE SUBJECTS

Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8) and Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) Courses

Geography

Geography is a compulsory, core subject for all students in Years 7-10.

Geography allows students to develop an enjoyment of and an interest in the interaction of the physical and human environments. Students will develop geographic knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes in order to engage in the community as informed and active citizens.

The two key dimensions forming the basis of Geography studies are spatial dimension (where things are and why they are there) and ecological dimension (how humans interact with environments).

Geographical tools and skills are integrated throughout the mandatory course. The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) with geographical tools will assist students to gather, analyse and communicate geographical information in appropriate formats.

History

History is a compulsory, core subject for all students in Years 7-10.

The History course develops in young people an interest in and enjoyment of exploring the past by providing opportunities for examining events, people and societies from ancient and modern times.

 

Commerce

Commerce is an elective subject that students can choose in years 9 and 10.

Students who take this elective subject will develop knowledge, skills and understandings related to consumer, financial, business, legal and employment issues so that they are able to make informed and responsible decisions. Learning can cover consumer choices, personal finances, law and society and employment. Additional topics can include investing, selling, e-commerce, global links, independent living, political issues, travel planning, law and community participation and running a business or small enterprise.

By studying Commerce, students will develop:

knowledge and understanding of

  • consumer, financial, business, legal and employment matters

skills in

  • decision-making and problem-solving in relation to consumer, financial, business, legal and employment issues
  • effective research and communication
  • working independently and collaboratively.

values and attitudes and appreciate

  • ethical and socially responsible behaviour in relation to personal decision-making, business practices, employment and legal issues
  • fundamental rights, rules and laws that promote fairness, justice and equity in our society through responsible and active citizenship.

Forensic Archaeology

Forensic Archaeology is an elective subject that students can choose in years 9 and 10.

Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of history, historical inquiry and of past societies and historical periods. They will gain the skills to undertake the processes of historical inquiry and to communicate their understanding of history.

Students will value and appreciate history as a study of human experience and the nature of history as reflecting differing perspectives and viewpoints.