Lucas Heights Community School

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Human society and its environment

In human society and its environment (HSIE), both subjects of history and geography are mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.

Students learn specific historical and geographical concepts and skills in history and geography. They also have an opportunity to learn more about people and the societies and environments in which they live through elective subjects in Years 7 to 10 (Stages 4 to 5).

A large number of individual subjects make up the key learning area of HSIE in which students:

  • research, gather and analyse information
  • question and make judgements
  • write for a variety of purposes. 

In Year 11 and 12, students can choose from a range of HSIE courses. These include:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture
  • Studies of Religion.

Faculty vision

The HSIE faculty at Lucas Heights Community School are committed to and have a demonstrated history of delivering outstanding educational services that meet the rigorous academic and social needs of 21st century learners. We pride ourselves on value added growth and providing opportunities for all students in our KLA to develop into lifelong learners. The HSIE staff are ‘explicit teaching' practitioners; have high expectations of our students; and develop meaningful relationships with our community through the PBL model. 

All staff are self reflective practitioners who collegially develop meaningful programs, coursework, assessments and excursions for the cohort within the Quality Teaching Framework. Each subject we offer is coordinated by an expert in that subject who has a demonstrated history of excellence in teaching and results in learning. 

Opportunities in HSIE:

We like to give our students a wide range of learning experiences. Students will have the opportunity to take part in a number of activities. Some of the activities include:

Mock Trial.

Literacy in HSIE - literacy is explicitly taught to all students in HSIE, value adding to lifelong learning. 

Sydney University Business Lectures

The Sydney Jewish Museum Holocaust experience - Year 10.

Mock Trial Competition Yr 10 and 11

Geography Field Trips

Senior subject lecture days