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Byron Bay High School

Byron Bay High School

The Future is Ours

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Emailbyronbay-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

The HSIE (Human Society and Its Environment) faculty has the very important task of introducing students to the humanities and social sciences through a broad selection of mandatory and elective courses.

Ample opportunity exists for all students to find their passion and achieve their potential through a variety of extension and enrichment activities, which have been incorporated into all teaching programs.

Our faculty also has a strong focus on development of our students' literacy, research and critical thinking skills along with field study opportunities.

HSIE Students sitting on top of a local hill

Courses

The HSIE faculty offers a diverse range of courses.

Year 7

All Year 7 students complete the Mandatory Stage 4 History Course covering the topics of:

  • The Ancient World
  • Investigating The Past
  • The Mediterranean World

All Year 7 students complete the Mandatory Stage 4 Geography Course, which from 2017 will include the new Geography Curriculum topics of:

  • Landscapes and Landforms
  • Water In the World

Year 8

All Year 8 students complete the Mandatory Stage 4 History Course covering the topics of:

  • The Ancient to The Modern World
  • The Asia - Pacific World
  • Expanding Contacts

All Year 8 students complete the Mandatory Stage 4 Geography Course which from 2018 will include the new Geography Curriculum covering the topics of:

  • Place and Liveablity
  • Interconnections

Year 9

All Year 9 students complete the Mandatory Stage 5 History Course covering the topics of:

  • The Making Of The Modern World
  • Australians at War

All Year 9 students complete the Mandatory Stage 5 Geography Course which from 2017 will include the new Geography Curriculum covering the topics of:

  • Sustainable Biomes
  • Changing Places

Year 10

All Year 10 students complete the Mandatory Stage 5 History Course covering the topics of:

  • The Modern World and Australia
  • Rights and Freedoms
  • Australia In The Vietnam War Era

All Year 10 students complete the Mandatory Stage 5 Geography Course which from 2018 will include the new Geography Curriculum covering the topics of:

  • Environmental Change & Management
  • Human Wellbeing

As a result of studying these mandatory courses, students develop a more sophisticated understanding of the interaction between humans and natural phenomena so that they may be more informed, active and responsible members of society.

Stage 5 Elective courses available for Year 9 and10 Students

Students also have the option of studying electives in years 9 and 10. In addition to their mandatory HSIE courses student may elect to follow; elective History (People In Time), elective Geography (Global Studies), elective Commerce and Big History (History of People and the Universe, Philosophy & Ethics.)

  • People In Time (Elective History)
  • Global Studies (Elective Geography)
  • Commerce
  • Big History

Stage 6 Courses - Year 11 and 12

The senior courses offered are: Ancient History, Business Studies, Economics, Geography, Legal Studies, Marine Studies, Modern History, History Extension, Studies of Religion, Society & Culture.

Excursions

Excursion opportunities vary from year to year, but some of the regular opportunities our students enjoy include:

  • A Broken Head Excursion to the National Park and Nature Reserve
  • Minyon Falls waterfall trail walk
  • Fieldwork at Belongil/Tallows/Main Beach
  • Sea Kayaking in Byron Bay
  • Byron Arts & Industrial Estate
  • Byron Bay Court
  • The South Passage Sailing trip around Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island

Competitions

We encourage our gifted and talented students to participate in a range of competition, some of which include:

  • Australian Geography Competition for Years 8, 9 and 10
  • Australian History Competition for Years 8 and 10
  • ASX Business Studies Competition for Year 10 Commerce Students

Teachers

Mr Stuart Galletly (Head Teacher)

Ms Michelle Lowe (Teacher and Year 9 Year Advisor)

Mr Kris Lyons (Teacher)

Mrs Sally Miller (Teacher)

Mr Drew Minton (Teacher)

Mr Brian Oxley (Teacher)

Miss Kellie Quigley (Teacher and SRC Coordinator)

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