Human Society and Its Environment

Learning in HSIE involves sharing ideas and working co-operatively in groups. Many opportunities are made for the students to work together, enabling them to better understand the diverse nature of people in the classroom, school, broader community and the world.

The HSIE (Human Society and Its Environment) curriculum encompasses both History and Geography, focusing on teaching skills in acquiring information, using the inquiry process, and social and civic participation.


The aim of the History syllabus is to stimulate students' interest in our world and enjoyment of exploring the past.

We encourage our students to develop a critical understanding of the past and its impact on the present, to develop the critical skills of historical inquiry and to enable students to participate as active, informed and responsible citizens.

Through our history curriculum, students will value and appreciate:

  • history as a study of human experience
  • the opportunity to develop a lifelong interest in and enthusiasm for history
  • the nature of history as reflecting differing perspectives and viewpoints
  • the opportunity to contribute to a democratic and socially just society through informed citizenship
  • the contribution of past and present peoples to our shared heritage


The aim of Geography in Years K–10 is to stimulate students’ interest in and engagement with the world. Through geographical inquiry they develop an understanding of the interactions between people, places and environments across a range of scales in order to become informed, responsible and active citizens.

Students will value and appreciate:

  • geography as a study of interactions between people, places and environments
  • the dynamic nature of the world
  • the varying perspectives of people on geographical issues
  • the importance of sustainability and intercultural understanding
  • the role of being informed, responsible and active citizens

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