What We Offer

What We Offer

Year 7

Students in Year 7 follow the NSW Board of Studies mandatory Stage 4 syllabus. The overarching focus for the year is the question, what is history? Students are able to consider this question through studies of ancient civilisations, medieval societies and the issue of colonisation and contact in Australia and North America. Students also have the opportunity to complete a personal interest project in their G90 (‘Genius’ 90 minutes) which is displayed at the History Exhibition Evening in Term 4.

Year 9

History in Year 9 combines a study of Australian history, including federation and the impacts of our involvement in two world wars, with Big History. The Big History course, put together by Macquarie University Professor David Christian with the support of philanthropist Bill Gates, charts the development of our understanding the universe and our place in it. Our particular focus in this course is the emergence of agricultural civilisations and, later, the modern city.

Students in Year 9 develop an appreciation of long term change and continuity and engage further with ways in which the past is interpreted and constructed from different perspectives.

Year 10

In Year 10 students pursue elective topics designed to provide a conceptual background and thematic overview to the Stage 5 course in Australian History. Elective studies include a survey of Ancient Rome and an inquiry into what the death of JFK reveals about the 1960s. Mandatory units include the history of rights and freedoms in Australia, Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War and a decades study on Australia in the 1970s.

This course aims to provide a sound understanding of historical concepts as well as insight into some of the most important and lasting developments in world history.

A study of History in Year 10 prepares students well for the study of history at a senior level.

Stage 6 Courses
Ancient History

Along with the core study of History, Archaeology and Science, students in Year 11 develop an understanding of Ancient History through the following units: The Entombed Warriors of Xian, Boudicca and the Resistance to Roman rule, the Egyptian workers village of Deir el Medina and the City of Rome. Students also have the opportunity to research ancient personalities, events and sites of their choice as part of a Historical Investigation.

For the HSC course, students study the following units: Rammeside Society in the 19th and 20th Dynasties along with the personality Ramesses II, Rome and the Julio-Claudians or Rome in the Augustan Age and the core study of the Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Modern History

Along with the core study of the World at the Start of the Twentieth Century, students in Year 11 continue their appreciation of Modern History through the following units: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the Decline and Fall of the Romanovs or Yankees and Confederates, Bismarck and the Unification of Germany. Students also have the opportunity to pursue an area of personal interest as part of the Historical Investigation.

For the HSC course, students study the following units: The core study of the Great War 1914 -1919, a national study: the USA 1919-1941 or Russia and the USSR 1917-1941 or Germany 1918-1939, an international study: Conflict in Indochina or Conflict in Europe and personalities that link either to the national or international study: Eleanor Roosevelt, Leon Trotsky, Albert Speer or Ho Chi Minh.

History Extension

In Year 12, students have the opportunity to pursue their love of History to extension level. This exceptional course allows students to track the development of the discipline of History from ancient times to the present day. They are then encouraged to apply this understanding of historiography to a case study of Women Convicts in NSW and their own personal research project.