To stimulate students’ interest in and enjoyment of exploring the past, to develop a critical understanding of the past, to prepare for the future (paraphrased from Stage 5) and to enable them to participate as active, informed and responsible citizens. Students, of Stage 5, will study people and events in Australian History.


  • In year 7, students study civilizations of the ancient world, focusing on Egypt, Greece and Rome. With emphasis on how these civilizations developed their distinctive characteristics and their contribution to our world today.
  • The focus in year 8 is the time between the end of the Ancient civilisations, through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution to the emergence of the Modern World. Skills are developed in map reading, timelines, and methods of archaeology, ISC research and the use of primary and secondary sources. Students will be encouraged to develop empathy with and to view events from different points of view.
  • Students, of stage 5, explore the nature of history and the methods that historians use to construct history through a range of thematic and historical studies. Students develop an understanding of how historians investigate and construct history through an examination of various types of history such as oral history, museum or archive studies, historical fiction, media, biography or film. Historical issues studied include the collection, display and reconstruction of the past, ethical issues of ownership and preservation and conservation of the past. Australian society post federation is studied in relation to themes such as war and peace, crime and punishment, music through history, slavery, women in history or other relevant topics.
  • Students apply an understanding of history, heritage, archaeology and the methods of historical inquiry and examine the ways in which historical meanings can be constructed through a range of media. Students learn to apply the skills of investigating history including understanding and analysing sources and evidence and sequencing major historical events to show an understanding of continuity, change and causation. Students develop research and communication skills, including the use of ICTs, and examine different perspectives and interpretations to develop an understanding of a wide variety of viewpoints. Students also learn to construct a logical historical argument supported by relevant evidence and to communicate effectively about the past for different audiences.



To stimulate students’ enjoyment of and interest in the interaction,  of the physical and human environments.  Students achieve this as they develop geographic knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes and engage in the community as informed and active citizens.


  • In stage 4, the study of Geography is a life long process which is essential for the future well-being of the students. To become effective citizens in this ever changing world it is vital that the students are given the experiences to allow them to make well informed, responsible decisions. The aim of the program is to develop the skills to research, organize, communicate, evaluate and make decisions about the world in which they live. It is also important that they are given the opportunity to gain an appreciation of what the world has to offer and the educational and social values of travel. Students will gain a broad knowledge of the geographical aspects of Victoria and Australia, and other regions of the world. They will develop an awareness of global locations and explore the physical, climatic, environmental and human diversities. Cultural and political features of countries are discussed and current affairs monitored through newspapers and television programs. Integral to this is an understanding of the geographical concepts of distance, scale, mapping conventions and interpretation, direction, bearings, orientation, rotation, latitude and longitude
  • Global Geography, in stage 5, consists of four focus areas in which students learn about the geographical processes and human interactions that shape global environments. They also learn about geographical issues and the responses to them including appropriate methods of citizenship for their management. Students of Australian Geography learn about the interaction of human and physical geography in a local context. They examine Australia’s physical environments and communities and explore how they are changing and responding to change. Students also look at Australia’s roles in its region and globally and how individuals and groups are planning for a better future. An important feature of the Australian Geography course is to allow students to become more informed and active citizens. Students learn to gather process and communicate geographical information from a variety of primary and secondary sources. The study of Geography also provides opportunities for students to learn to use a wide range of geographical tools including information and communication technologies (ICT). Geographical tools, such as maps, graphs, statistics, photographs and fieldwork, assist students to gather, analyse and communicate geographical information in a range of formats.



This course introduces students to commercial issues that influence our everyday lives.


This course will suit students who could like a career in business economics or finance or like to investigate issues such as the impact of income and legal decisions on our lives. Students study core topics which focus on personal finance and consumer choice. Students will learn to budget for personal financial management.

In year 10 students learn how to write a business plan and run a business. This topic is complimented with a topic about our economy and e – commerce and their effect on individuals and businesses.

The subject integrates technology and theory in order for students to understand how to work in society outside of school. This subject is a good introduction to subject such as Business Studies and Economics

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