Humanities

History and Geography are studied as two distinct subject areas in Years Seven and Eight for a semester each. With both subjects belonging to the discipline of Humanities, the emphasis for both subjects is inquiry-based learning that challenges students with questions pertaining to society, and the impact of human choices and influences on their society.

Years Seven and Eight Humanities

History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that develops students’ curiosity and imagination. Historical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves and others. It promotes understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from the earliest times. History helps students appreciate how the world and its people have changed, as well as the significant continuities that exist to the present day. History enables students to develop an understanding of God who knows the end from the beginning and is aware of and sovereign over the actions of mankind.

History, as a discipline, has its own methods and procedures that make it different from other ways of understanding human experience. Historical study is based on interpreting the evidence of the remains of the past. It is interpretative by nature, promotes debate and encourages thinking about human values, including past, present and future challenges. It develops historical understanding through key concepts, including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability.

Geography is a disciplined process of inquiry into the world that develops students’ creativity and reflectiveness. Geographical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves and others. It promotes understanding of societies, cultures and environments that have been shaped through a continual process of creation and destruction. A framework for developing students’ geographical knowledge, understanding and skills is provided through the inclusion of inquiry questions and specific inquiry skills, including the use and interpretation of maps, photographs and other representations of geographical data.

Since the fall of Man in Genesis the relationship that mankind has had with God has been broken. However, this was not the only relationship damaged at this very important moment. Mankind’s relationship with the earth which we were given to tend and our relationship with each other also became broken, all of which impacts our use and protection of the earth which God created for us in which to dwell and this is the world in which we now live. Throughout this course students are exposed to the goodness of God through creation and the mercy of God by our continued prosperity on the earth.

Years Nine and Ten Humanities

History and Geography are studied as two distinct subject areas in Years Nine and Ten for a semester each. With both subjects belonging to the discipline of Humanities, the emphasis for both subjects is inquiry-based learning that challenges students with questions pertaining to society, and the impact of human choices and influences on their society.

Geography is a disciplined process of inquiry into the world that develops students’ creativity and reflectiveness. Geographical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves and others. It promotes understanding of societies, cultures and environments that have been shaped through a continual process of creation and destruction. Students investigate not only the physical world but also the worlds of people; how they use the land, what is important about the land to various cultures and how the land itself has shaped humanity.

History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that develops students’ curiosity and imagination. Historical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves and others. It promotes understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from the earliest times. History helps students appreciate how the world and its people have changed, as well as the significant continuities that exist to the present day. History enables students to develop an understanding of God who knows the end from the beginning and is aware of and sovereign over the actions of mankind.