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Humanities and Commerce

This is a diverse department covering Years 7-12 and currently encompassing

From Years 7-10 these subjects aim to build the skills for lifelong learning and information literacy sequentially. Offering a range of teaching and learning strategies encourages student engagement. Working in conjunction with the School's teacher/librarians, our courses are constantly monitored and modified to ensure that student's needs are met and our teaching and learning strategies are in tune with contemporary practice.

The course material is carefully chosen to increase student knowledge and understanding of their social, physical, cultural and economic political environment. As they progress, their horizons are widened to encompass the wider world, particularly the Asian region. With the skills and knowledge being taught in the earlier years, the foundation is laid for success in the VCE years.

Civics and Citizenship

This subject is taught at Year 9 level. Using a variety of academic and practical activities this course, as part of the Year 9 program aims to assist students develop into responsible, active and knowledgeable citizens. The focus is on Australia and it's political, legal and social systems. The History of Australia is taught in units where independent research and students' individual learning styles are catered for by carefully structured research tasks. As with the whole Year 9 program, students spend more time with fewer teachers and have 4 camps during the year. These form part of an integrated curriculum in which Civics and Citizenship has an important role. Authentic learning is developed through activities such as mock courts, year level elections and citizenship activities.

Environmental Studies

This subject is taught at Year 9 level. From the lakes to the High Country, our local environment is rich in resources. Environmental Studies is a study of these many environments that aims to ensure a greater understanding and appreciation of and respect for a variety of environments. The students undertake regular fieldwork, some while participating in outdoor education camps. Throughout the year, the focus shifts from local to regional and finally to global environmental issues. Topics covered vary from local indigenous land use, to changes in land use since the pioneers, issues in regional water management through to issues of a global perspective.

History

At all year levels, History encourages an inquiring, evidence-based approach to learning. Information literacy skills are taught at Year 7 and these skills are built on sequentially in subsequent years. Where possible, primary sources are analysed and evaluated to establish their usefulness. The study of History develops both imaginative and reasoning skills, where contradictory evidence exists. In addition, History students learn to communicate effectively in oral presentations and in varied writing assignments, both of which are crucial skills for young people today. Independent learning through self-directed research, that is, asking good questions, constructing persuasive arguments and communicating their findings in an effective fashion, are encouraged and developed.

Geography

Geography focuses on places and how they change. Students begin by learning Geographic skills in a theoretical way and then applying these skills in fieldwork and research activities. At all year levels, fieldwork plays a significant role in encouraging active leaning. Fieldwork includes tree planting, visit and camps in National Parks, a stay in Melbourne and for the adventurous, the opportunity to travel overseas as part of a school trip. In recent years, groups have travelled to Vietnam and China. The study of Geography begins locally and the outlook broadens over subsequent years with a focus on the Asian region. It considers the place of Australia within the Asia-Pacific region, and as part of a global economy.

Personal Investment

This course introduces students to a range of financial skills and knowledge, which aim to make them more financially literate and competent. After completing this course of study, students will have the ability to make informed judgements and effective decisions regarding the use and management of money in a dynamic and complex financial system.

Authentic learning is encouraged as students create and manage their own share portfolios in a competitive manner using the real market but not real money.

Accounting

Accounting is an information system, providing financial and other information for making and evaluating decisions about the allocation and management of resources. Accounting information is used to help evaluate business performance and to report on the operation of a business from both an internal and external perspective.

VCE Accounting focuses on the financial events and decision making for a small business. Students will study theoretical and practical aspects of Accounting and develop skills in calculating, recording and reporting financial events to support more effective decision making. The Accounting information will be collected and applied using both manual and information and communications technology (ICT) methods.

Business Management

In contemporary Australian society there are a wide variety of organisations, which vary in terms of size, ownership, objectives, resources and location. These organisations are managed by people. Business Management examines the ways in which people at various places within a business organisation manage resources to achieve the objectives of the organisation.

The study recognises that there is a range of management theories rather than a single theory of management. Each unit examines some of these theories and, through exposure to real business scenarios and/or direct contact with business, tests them against management in practice. Students practise their learned skills in a variety of ways including creating and managing small business operations in and out of school.

Legal Studies

This study is about the way the law relates to and serves both individuals and the community. It focuses on developing an understanding of the way in which law is generated, structured and operates in Australia. The study covers key legal institutions including Parliament, delegated bodies, courts and the police. Both criminal and civil law are studied. The teaching of this subject delivers authentic learning in a variety of ways including exposing students to realistic legal procedures and prison visits.

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