As a part of their studies in Society and Environment, Year 8’s explore human history from the fall of the Roman Empire until the Industrial Revolution, and study the natural environment including land formation, ecosystems and human impact on them. Year 9’s conduct investigations based on historical studies in line with the requirements of the new Australian Curriculum. These focus on the Industrial Revolution, British settlement of Australia and World War 1. Resource management, law and government are also covered.
In Year 10, the S&E Department offers an Academic Course for those who plan to follow an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) pathway in Year 11. Investigations follow historical studies in line with the new Australian Curriculum that focus on World War 2 and Australian post-war immigration. A Geography course which centres around world environmental issues will also be covered. They will look at important economic issues affecting Australians today, including trade, inflation and unemployment. Students will be required to sit exams. For those who are planning to enrol in Vocational and/or General courses in Year 11, they can study the Non-Academic Course. These students will complete task-based programs on similar themes to the above, while also examining the world of work. There will be no requirement to sit exams in this instance.
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