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Merewether High School

Merewether High School

Scientia Ac Labore

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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 Information

The Social Science faculty at Merewether High School is a dynamic department with a strong tradition of academic excellence. The faculty is committed to helping students to learn, understand and apply knowledge and skills.

We recognise that students live in a world characterised by rapid change. As a consequence we challenge students to respond to the unpredictable and unexpected. Future success depends on knowing how to adapt, to apply and to understand what is needed to solve problems. With this in mind, we prepare students to be participative leaders and effective, responsible citizens.

The Social Science faculty has a strong connectedness with the broader community. This allows the faculty to draw on greater community expertise to broaden the quality educational experiences provided by staff.

We enhance learning by providing substantial extra-curricula activities. These include, but are not limited to, interstate geography excursion, mock-trial and debating competitions, and intra-state business-in-operation visitations. Experiences beyond the classroom provide students with the opportunity to integrate real world applications and values with theoretical knowledge.


Business Studies




Legal Studies


Social Science            

Mrs L Burnett,  Head Teacher

Mr R Berry

Mrs N Clark

Mrs S Green

Mr N Rice

Mrs R Tonks

Mr P Horrell