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Human society and its environment


The HSIE (Human Society and Its Environment) faculty at our school is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the interconnectedness of human societies, the environment, and the world in which we live. Through engaging and thought-provoking lessons, our faculty aims to develop students' critical thinking skills, global awareness, and a deep appreciation for the complex issues shaping our society today. With a focus on history, geography and civics, the HSIE faculty provides a rich and diverse learning experience that encourages students to become informed, active, and responsible citizens of the world. Students are guided in exploring the past, understanding the present, and shaping the future.

Faculty Leadership

The HSIE department is managed by Relieving Head Teacher, Natalie Langley.

Faculty Overview

The HSIE faculty plays a crucial role in our school community by providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the world around them and the societies that shape it. The faculty takes a holistic approach to learning, ensuring that students gain a well-rounded understanding of the human experience and its environment. By fostering critical thinking, empathy, and a sense of social responsibility, the HSIE faculty empowers students to become informed and engaged citizens who are capable of understanding and addressing the complex challenges facing our world.

Key responsibilities and areas of focus

The HSIE department focuses on empowering students with lifelong skills in the areas of:

· research, gathering and analysing information

· questioning and making judgements

· writing for a variety of purposes

Curriculum and Programs

In HSIE, the following subjects are mandatory for years 7-10:

· Geography

· History

Through these courses Students learn specific historical and geographical concepts and skills in history and geography.

At Bomaderry High School we also offer a large range of elective courses which provide students the opportunity to learn more about people and the societies and environments in which they live. These include:

· Aboriginal Studies

· Commerce

· Elective Geography

· Elective History

· International Studies

In Year 11 and 12, students can choose from a range of HSIE courses offered at Bomaderry High School. These include:

· Aboriginal Studies

· Ancient History

· Business Studies

· Geography

· History Extension

· Legal Studies

· Modern History

· Society and Culture

The Bomaderry High HSIE faculty has passionate and expert teachers who deliver engaging, challenging and innovative programs tailored to the interests of the students. The HSIE department focuses on empowering students with lifelong skills in the areas of:

· research, gathering and analysing information

· questioning and making judgements

· writing for a variety of purposes

Students are encouraged to use their knowledge to create understanding of cultural diversity, consider global issues such as environmental sustainability and social justice as well as develop skills in media discernment. We aim to create active, informed global citizens.

Student Support

The HSIE faculty supports student learning and well-being in several ways:

· Through differentiated instruction: Tailoring teaching and learning to accommodate diverse learning styles and needs

· Academic assistance: Offering support to students who require extra assistance with classwork and assignments

· Individualised feedback: Constructive feedback is provided to all students regarding their strengths and areas for improvements

· Research and study skill development: Workshops, resources and guidance are offered to students to improve their research skills and study habits

· Enrichment opportunities: Fieldwork and excursions for HSIE subject are offered on a regular basis as well as entry into Australian History and Geography Competitions

· Supportive classroom environments: Fostering a positive and inclusive classroom culture where students feel comfortable expressing their thoughts, asking questions, and seeking help when needed.

Details on how the faculty supports student learning and well-being

Information on any extra-curricular activities or opportunities offered by the faculty

Resources and Links ·


State Library of NSW