Merewether High School

Scientia Ac Labore - Success through knowledge and application.

Telephone02 4969 3855

Emailmerewether-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Humanities

... never forget the importance of history, to know nothing of what happened before you took your place on earth, is to remain a child for ever and ever ... MARCUS CICERO

Humanities is dedicated to students gaining a better insight into the world around them through exploring important events in our ancient, modern and contemporary histories. We seek to engage students in the studies of people, events and forces that shape our world to help them develop critical thinking and analysis skills they can apply today.

We are also a faculty whose purpose is to develop sophisticated thinking and writing skills in all of our students. If you explore the skills development flowchart posted here and around our classrooms you will see how essential thinking, writing and research skills are embedded and developed throughout the years of study. Our junior History subjects and electives are each designed to target and develop skill areas relevant to equipping students with the skills necessary to be successful with our senior subjects and maximise individual potential and growth from Year 7 onwards.

Our staffroom is always available for students who need additional support or have a query and providing substantive and practical feedback is at the core of our philosophy.

Goals

  • create engaged, lifelong learners who think critically and ethically about their world
  • engage students in a disciplined process of inquiry into the past
  • develop future focused skills: critical thinking, communication and collaboration
  • to inspire a culture that is inclusive and reflects the importance of History in society
  • encourage a growth mindset to learning so each student achieves their best

Features

  • a dedicated team with a passion for connecting students with the importance of History and contemporary social issues to create informed and active citizens
  • future focussed classrooms with a driving priority to improve the critical thinking and collaborative skills of every student
  • strong focus through Year 7 to Year 12 on the importance of literacy as an essential skill for lifelong learning

Activities

  • Anzac Day Commemorations
  • Remembrance Day Commemorations
  • Medieval Day YEAR 8
  • Holocaust Survivor Incursion YEAR 10
  • Sydney Jewish Museum Excursion

Team

  • Steve Gibb HEAD TEACHER
  • Gabbi Borrelli
  • Billie-Jo Fisher
  • John Poulios
  • Briony Sheridan

Courses

STAGE 4: Y7 & Y8

  • Y7 History
  • Y8 History
  • Y8 History ELECTIVE

STAGE 5: Y9 & Y10    

  • Y9 History
  • Y9 History ELECTIVE
  • Y9 International Studies ELECTIVE
  • Y10 History
  • Y10 History ELECTIVE

STAGE 6: Y11 & Y12

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • History Extension YEAR 12
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture
  • Studies of Religion

Achievements

  • 1st in NSW Ancient History 2019
  • three State rankings in Modern and Ancient History since 2015
  • multiple state rankings and PIP prizes for Society and Culture since 2015
  • High Distinction and Young Historian awards at State and National Level in the National History Challenge essay writing competition