History is for students who are curious about the winners and the losers in life; those who fight for a better world but in many instances make that world worse. It is about time, place, memory, how people want to be remembered and more importantly what they want to forget. History is also about the great, the bad and the mad. But mostly it is about man’s humanity and man’s inhumanity. The warning we should heed for our future is “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
Stage 4 History
Year 7 Curriculum
The Year 7 History course offers students opportunities to cultivate their understanding of some of the great civilisations of the ancient world. Students begin their historical learning with an overview of historical methods, evidence and literacy skills before moving on to examine Ancient Greece. The course includes a hands-on excursion to the Nicholson Museum at Sydney University where students examine mummies and get the chance to hold a Spartan sword!
Year 8 Curriculum
Year 8 History students continue to develop their understanding of historical themes and concepts by exploring the issue of contact. Students learn about Medieval Europe and Japan, and the frontier conflicts of colonial Australia. Students will have a chance to experience the stories, battles and weapons of the Medieval World with a visit by a medieval expert.
Stage 5 History
Year 9 Curriculum
The 21st Century in which we live is marked by rapid change and innovation. This course is an examination of the rise of the industrialised world. It is important for students to understand how individuals, societies and governments cope with rapid change and that change can have both positive and negative impacts on communities. The semester ends with the entry of Australia into World War I.
Year 10 Curriculum
The theme throughout this year is the impact of the Modern World on Australia and covers a study of international relations between the World Wars, Australia and World War II and the Holocaust. Students visit the Sydney Jewish Museum. We also study the civil rights movements in America, Australia and throughout the world. The skills of the historian are emphasised and refined throughout the course.
Elective History Stage 5
The two ideas that drive the Years 9 and 10 Elective History courses are ‘student voice, student choice’ and ‘project based learning’. ‘Student voice, student choice’ helps our elective students become autonomous, self-regulating and self-motivating learners. The thinking behind project based learning is that student’s will make meaning and create understanding in a collaborative and supportive environment. The aim of the courses is to develop a life-long interest and enthusiasm for history. Some of the topics, projects and content covered are: Ancient Persia, the History of Terrorism, the French Revolution, Historical Biography, Family Histories, Film as History, Historical Fiction, Heritage and Conservation, War and Peace, History and the Media, Local History, Museum and/or Archives Studies, Oral History and Historical Reconstructions. Year 9 Elective History students research, construct and present their findings on Australia’s role in World War I to the school at the ANZAC Day Assembly.
Stage 6 Histories
Ancient History develops students’ understanding of the foundations of Western civilisation through the study of cultures such as Greece, Egypt and Rome. Students will also develop and refine their skills of writing, presenting, critical thinking and analysis. Ancient History is a fascinating subject that draws on many fields such as archaeology, anthropology, DNA analysis, forensic science and radio-carbon dating to unlock the mysteries of the past.
Modern History develops students’ understanding about people and how they are influenced by past events. Through examinations of various primary and secondary sources students gain a critical understanding of current events and can place these events into their proper historical context. Students must think critically and creatively about the interplay between individuals, groups, events and institutions if they are to be successful in this course.
HSC History Extension
History Extension is a challenging 1 Unit course for students who are deep thinkers, avid readers, fantastic researchers, and self-starters. The prerequisite for the course is that students must be enrolled in either Ancient or Modern History or both. This course goes beyond the traditional historical concepts of past and present or primary and secondary sources to a study of historiography to concepts like relativity in history, history as a human construct, truth and lies in history.
Legal Studies, Studies of Religion & Psychology
Legal Studies is a highly engaging subject for those interested in studying law and the rules that govern our society. With a focus on contemporary case studies, legislation and court judgements – both Australian and international – students will gain a deep understanding of systems of rule, why certain behaviours are criminalised, and the rights they possess. We examine contemporary debates surrounding the need for law reform including a focus on responses to terrorism and the emerging challenges of cyber-crime and genetic technologies.
Studies of Religion
Religion has been and is an integral part of human experience and a component of every culture. An appreciation of society is enhanced by an understanding of religion, its influence on human behaviour and interaction within culture. The aim of the Stage 6 Studies of Religion syllabus is to promote an understanding and critical awareness of the nature and significance of religion and the influence of belief systems and religious traditions on individuals and within society.
Year 11 Psychology – Preliminary Study
The study of Psychology is the study of the mental processes and behaviour of people. All areas of human life can be studied. Psychology looks into why people act and think the way they do, who and what they are and the relationships that bind people together. In today’s complex urban, disconnected, media driven societies finding meaningful connections are more difficult. All the different branches of psychology are important in helping individuals navigate these complexities.