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Social science

Subjects in the faculty expose students to contemporary issues on a local, national and global scale. Students are encouraged to research areas of interest through self-directed learning, the reading of media, watching current affairs programs and discussing current issues with family and friends. The focus and ethos of our faculty is to develop students to become civic minded citizens in a dynamic society.

In Years 7 to 10 (stages 4 & 5) Geography is compulsory.

In Year 9 and 10 Commerce (stage 5) is offered as an elective subject.

In Years 11 and 12 (stage 6) the following subjects are offered:

Business studies

Business Studies gives students an insight into the workings of businesses and their relevance and impact on our lives. The course also fosters intellectual, social and moral development by assisting students to think critically about the role of business and their ethical responsibilities to society.​

Students are encouraged to keep up to date with contemporary business issues and make connections with the theoretical components of the course. Applying their own understanding of relevant case studies provides a stimulating and relevant framework for students to apply to real life problems encountered in the business environment.


This course provides students with opportunities to learn about the challenges and issues in a contemporary Australian economic context. Students develop their analytical, problem solving and communication skills to make informed judgements about economic issues.

Economics provides students with the opportunity to learn about the challenges and issues surrounding the domestic and global economic environment. Students are able to develop there analytical and problems solving skills, in order to make informed judgements about current economic issues and polices, within the Australian and global economy.


Geography focuses on students’ engagement with the world, helping them develop the skills needed to explore geographical processes and to understand the issues facing our world today.  Topics covered include geographical phenomena, the liveability of places, changing environments, global differences in human wellbeing, and strategies to address challenges now and in the future.  Courses include fieldwork organised with excursions.  The study of Geography aims to produce informed responsible and active citizens.

Legal studies

Students of legal studies learn about the rule of law, justice and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Legal studies offers students an opportunity to learn about Australian and international law, the rule of law and how both the Australian and international legal systems work, and to inquire into and analyse legal issues and communicate their knowledge in structured arguments.

Legal studies has a practical element, with students participating in mock trials and robust class debates. Students take part in excursions to the District and Supreme law courts and parliament house, as well as listening to expert guest speakers from organisations such as A21, Legal Aid and other legal organisations which are stakeholders in the legal system. Students explore contemporary cases, as well as studying milestones in Australian legal history. 


Year 9 Geography - North Queensland excursion

Year 9 geography are provided with the opportunity to travel to Cairns, located in North Queensland. The purpose of this excursion to explore various ecosystems and environments as part of their ‘Biomes’ topic. Students visit the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. At these locations they are engaged in activities such as walking through the Daintree and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef. These experiences allow the students to further develop their skills in fieldwork, which is a key component of the Geography syllabus. 

Year 7 Geography - Sydney Olympic Park

Year 7 Geography investigate the landscape and landforms of protected coastal wetland mangroves at Sydney Olympic Park. 

They enjoy hands-on outdoor activities using a range of fieldwork skills and techniques to gather primary and secondary data.

Activities include:

  • using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to map environmental changes over time
  • conducting a vegetation transect and use plant identification charts
  • learning about the relationship that the local Aboriginal people, the Wangal, had with the landscape
  • completing field sketches using weather instruments and environmental monitoring equipment.

Exploring Warragamba Dam


Year 8 – Water in the World – Warragamba Dam

Excursions to Warragamba Dam, one of the world's largest domestic water supply dams, allow students to further develop their understanding of the environment.  Students see firsthand the effects of drought on Sydney’s water supply.  A discovery circuit reveals insights into the construction of the dam, while a visit to the permanent Water For Life exhibition improves knowledge of catchment management practices.  Water testing and field sketching are also carried out to allow students to contextualise their understanding to the local site.  A visit to Warragamba Dam is a day to remember! 

Year 11 and 12 Business Studies Excursion to IKEA

The excursion focuses on the operations and marketing of IKEA, hence providing students with real life examples of the concepts and knowledge taught in Business Studies and a detailed knowledge of a case study.

Year 11 Legal Studies Supreme Court and District Court Visit

Students observe court proceedings to witness and comprehend the formal procedures and customs of the NSW Supreme and District Courts.

Year 9 Geography - Australian Geography Competition

An initiative of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and the Australian Geography Teachers' Association. This is usually participated as an extension activity by our students.

Year 9 Commerce – Participate in the ASX School Share game

A simulated share game that mirrors the real-life trading of shares on the Australian Stock Exchange. Students are given $50,000 to trade on the stock exchange. They compete with school teams from across Australia.

Year 9 and 10 Commerce - CBA Financial Literacy program: StartSmart

These presentations provide an avenue for students to engage in open discussions and gain a further insight into saving, budgeting and the world of work.

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