Irrawang High School

Achievement through learning and participation

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Human society and its environment

In human society and its environment (HSIE), the subjects of history and geography are mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10, where students study specific historical and geographical concepts and skills. 

In HSIE, students explore varied subjects in human society and its environment to learn about history, geography, people, societies and culture.

Students also have an opportunity to learn more about people and the societies and environments in which they live through elective subjects.

A large number of individual subjects make up the key learning area of HSIE in which students:

  • research, gather and analyse information
  • question and make judgements
  • write for a variety of purposes. 

In Year 11 and 12, students can choose from a range of HSIE courses. These include:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Ancient History Life Skills
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Modern History Life Skills
  • Society and Culture.

The faculty currently has senior students in Geography, Modern History, Ancient History, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Society and Culture.

A major priority within HSIE is the use of computer technology in the classroom. HSIE classes use interactive whiteboards, laptops and Canvas to tap into student's interest in future focused learning.

The faculty also offers numerous extra-curricular activities. Competitions include the National History competition and the WESSSTA and National Geographic competitions. Fieldwork excursions that generally run every year include Boomerang Park (Year 7 students), Sydney GATS excursion (Year 9) and Stockton Beach (Year 10). Year 8 history students also participate in a Medieval Incursion, Year 9 have a visit from WWI Living History and Year 10 students experience the NAMBUS.

The HSIE staff has experienced, passionate and dedicated teachers delivering our subjects.

We are committed to help all our students achieve their full potential and walk away from their time at school with a love and appreciation of our world, its people and its history.