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Human society and its environment

In human society and its environment (HSIE), both subjects of history and geography are mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.

Students learn specific historical and geographical concepts and skills in history and geography. They also have an opportunity to learn more about people and the societies and environments in which they live through elective subjects in Years 7 to 10 (Stages 4 to 5).

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
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture
  • Studies of Religion.

Meet our Human Society and it's Environment (HSIE) staff



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Ms H Kemp

Ms A O'Leary

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Year 9 History

First Fleet Research Task


Students visit ancient Australian sites

Year 11 Ancient History class, along with Wiradjuri Elder, Mr Geoff Anderson went on a field trip to Ulan to view an Aboriginal archaeological site in the form of a rock shelter

Recently, Mr Summerhayes' Year 11 Ancient History class, along with Wiradjuri Elder, Mr Geoff Anderson went on a field trip to Ulan to view an Aboriginal archaeological site in the form of a rock shelter. In the rock shelter, known as 'Hand on Rock', many hand stencils in red ochre can be seen that could be up to thousands of years old. Students carried out fieldwork on the site as part of their study of ancient Australia. 

Mr Anderson told many stories and gave many insights into what the cave and the area may have been used for. Mr Summerhayes also used his university education in Aboriginal archaeology to show students other evidence of Aboriginal occupation such as stone scrapers and tool making grinding grooves.

Students were also taken on a walk down the Goulburn River to an area referred to as Drip Rock. Students were able to experience the natural water source that the local Wiradjuri people would have made use of for thousands of years as water naturally seeps through a sandstone rock gorge into pools below.

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Year 11 History Express

Year 11 Modern and Ancient History classes of Parkes High School again held their annual 'History Express' museum in the LP Johnson hall recently. The Parkes High History Express is part of the Preliminary Ancient and Modern History courses which sees students pick a topic that they are interested in and produce a museum style display. The display was open to the public.

Year 11 Modern and Ancient History classes of Parkes High School again held their annual 'History Express' museum in the LP Johnson hall recently. The Parkes High History Express is part of the Preliminary Ancient and Modern History courses which sees students pick a topic that they are interested in and produce a museum style display. The display was open to the public.

The exhibit displayed a variety of work from the students in a variety of chosen topics of the modern and ancient world.

The displays were of an especially high quality, with many being very professional and very large. One Ancient History display, the work of Faith Hanstock, involved the creation of a temple-like structure which looked at famous women of the Egyptian world such as Hatshepsut and Cleopatra. Another display by  Sakiasi  Sodrodro displayed the rebellion of the Roman slave Spartacus.

The bulk of these displays had an interactive component which allowed visitors to delve into the topic that was being  displayed. The event was extremely popular, with many parents, friends and community members attending the display. Parents and teachers were very proud of all the Modern and Ancient History students and commended them on their effort and dedication to their learning.

 

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Year 7 visit Wambangalang

Year 7 students went to the Environmental Education Centre at Wambangalang near Dubbo. We participated in a range of fun activities.

I loved seeing the snake and lizard. It was really interesting to learn about all their features and how they camouflage in the wild.

To test the water, we collected samples in a plastic bottle and let it sit for two to three minutes. We recorded the temperature, turbidity (cloudiness), salinity (salt content) and macroinvertebrates (animals within it).

Orienteering is when you get a map and a compass and go off into the bush to find markers (objects with a flag a symbol and a number). Then we had to draw the symbol on a piece of paper. The group that did it the quickest and most accurately won.

Low ropes was an obstacle course. It was quite hard for some people. A lot of us fell off but we got back up and tried again. Some of the obstacles were a flying fox, rock climbing and swinging tyres which was most likely the hardest. My   personal favourite obstacle was the flying fox.

By Year 7 students