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Humanities focuses on the way people interact with each other, today and in the past, and our interactions with our environment. The faculty involves investigation of current and historical issues and promotes student participation and critical thinking.  Humanities combines a variety of traditional disciplines such as History, Geography, Civics and Economics. We have an experienced and creative teaching staff that will challenge, develop and extend your child’s learning in a supportive environment. Junior History and Geography are designed to expose students to a variety of topics and assist students to develop increasingly complex higher-order thinking skills and sophistication with writing.

Junior Secondary

Humanities in Junior Secondary takes the forms of two distinct subjects: History and Geography. Using critical inquiry methods, History students study a chronological approach from year 7 where they learn about the Ancient World through to year 10 where the Modern World is studied. A key part of the junior History experience is our annual Medieval Fayre where students create a medieval activity, display or stall for parents and local primary students. 

Geography is the study of the human and physical characteristics of places and the interactions between them. Geography students are offered an extensive field trip program to enhance their learning of physical and human environments.

Senior School 

Humanities faculty offers a number of subjects that contribute to students’ university (O.P.) pathways. These subjects are:

  • Modern History 
  • Ancient History 
  • Geography
  • Economics 

Senior staff are experienced, approachable and passionate about their subjects. They consistently encourage and assist students to achieve their very best learning outcomes.

Social and Community Studies or SCS is a Senior Authority Registered Subject, the study of which contributes to a Queensland Certificate of Education but NOT to an O.P. Students studying this subject, learn some aspects of History and Geography as well as more practical skills like Finance, Law, self defence and Driver Education.

Enrichment Programs

Humanities students are offered a variety of innovative extension opportunities. Some of which include: 

  • Year 10 History and Geography Extension courses
  • National Geography competition
  • National History competition and the Simpson Prize
  • Medieval Fayre
  • ​Extensive field trip program for all year levels.


Head of Department - Humanities - Katrina Makings


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