The Humanities Faculty aims to equip students with a strong sense of place in the world as citizens with a voice, and with the desire and capacity to make a difference. Numerous issues under discussion in all four disciplines can be interlinked in many ways and serve to help students make relevant connections with the past, their rights and their place at the local, national and global level. Students are also equipped with the skills necessary to make increasingly difficult decisions regarding issues.
The Humanities curriculum consists of four disciplines: History, Civics and Citizenship, Geography and Economics. Both History and Geography are taught separately in order to gain a greater appreciation for these disciplines in their own right. Civics and Citizenship is integrated in appropriate places throughout the History course, just as Geography has many entry points for topics in Economics throughout Years 7–10.
A wide range of thinking skills are taught and built on throughout Years 7–10, preparing students for other VCE subjects apart from History and Geography, such as Legal Studies, Business Management and Accounting.
The Humanities Faculty is also actively involved in the High Achievers’ Program (HAP) introduced at Year 7 in 2011.
TEACHING & LEARNING
There are opportunities to enrich the students’ knowledge and appreciation of various aspects and issues currently being studied. The Werribee Zoo has been a favourite destination for students to do field work. Teachers/actors from Medieval Education give highly entertaining workshops on life from this era. Development of geospatial skills at all levels allows for many outdoor activities within the school grounds and out, such as to Toolangi Education Centre, Carlton and Blackburn Lake Sanctuary. All activities allow for ‘hands on’, realistic experiences to add depth to concepts learned in the classroom.