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:
- Ancient History
- Business Studies
- History Extension
- Legal Studies
- Modern History
- Society and Culture.
Manly Campus has a dynamic human society and its environment (HSIE) faculty staffed by outstanding teachers. In Stages 4 and 5 a variety of subjects are offered including commerce, geography, history, and international studies. Stage 6 subjects include ancient history, business studies, economics, history extension, legal studies, modern history, geography and society and culture.
The school enters annual competitions in a number of these subjects that provide students with the opportunity to showcase their academic abilities. These include the Australian business studies and economics competitions, the Australian history competition and the Australian geography competition.
Excursions and incursions form an integral part of HSIE study, offering students the chance to expand their cultural understanding and enhance their studies. A biennial study tour to Europe is also offered to all students.