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Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)

Human Society and Its Environment seeks to develop our young people’s ability to be active global citizens, through a close study of human endeavours. A wide range of engaging experiences, in which young people take responsibility for their own learning, encouraged by professional teachers, allow our students to develop the necessary skills to investigate our world, how it was formed, and the role of the past and how to manage the challenges of the future. 21st century skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication are fostered through authentic real world tasks.
All students engage with History and Geography from Year 7 to 10, and we offer them the opportunity to use higher order thinking skills, individual investigation and collaboration to explore a range of local, national and global events.
Commerce is available as an elective for Year 9 and 10. Students engage with a range of topics that allow them to understand their roles, rights and responsibilities as consumers, producers and workers and develop skills that are transferrable into the world beyond the classroom.
At the Stage 6 level, students can engage with Ancient History, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Modern History and Society and Culture. Students are encouraged to be critical and creative thinkers within the framework of the appropriate syllabus, and establish skills for lifelong learning.
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The subjects currently offered by the HSIE faculty include:

YEAR 7

Stage 4 Mandatory
• Geography (Sem1)
• History (Sem2)

YEAR 8

Stage 4 Mandatory
• Geography (Sem2)
• History (Sem1)

YEAR 9

Stage 5 Mandatory
• Geography (Sem1)
• History (Sem2)
Electives
• Commerce (whole year)

YEAR 10

Stage 5 Mandatory
• Geography (Sem2)
• History (Sem1)
Electives
• Commerce (whole year)

YEAR 11

Stage 6 Preliminary
• Ancient History
• Business Studies
• Legal Studies
• Modern History
• Society and Culture

YEAR 12

Stage 6 HSC
• Ancient History
• Business Studies
• History Extension
• Legal Studies
• Modern History
• Society and Culture

 

Welcome

As a smaller secondary school located in Northern Turramurra in Northern Sydney, Ku-ring-gai High School is able to offer a very personalised and individual approach to supporting student learning and achievement. Often called “the best kept secret on the North Shore” due to our size and outstanding academic results, our school is located on the edge of the very beautiful Ku-ring-gai National Park - a short 12 minute bus ride from Turramurra Station. We have a wide drawing area with the opportunity for students from outside that area to apply for enrolment. Our focus is on creativity, innovation and challenge. Ku-ring-gai is a comprehensive co-educational high school offering the same curriculum as all secondary schools in NSW and enhanced by a special structure which allows for a creativity stream. This Talent Enrichment Program (TEP) offers students who are gifted, talented or interested in creative or performing arts, sports, technology or design options, the opportunity to choose extra classes, often with tutors or coaches to engage them and further develop their skills and interests.

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Our innovative and creative approach to education has seen the school well placed to implement the educational changes needed to enable students to meet the challenges faced by 21st century learners.

Ku-ring-gai fosters strong educational connections with local primary schools through our year 5 and 6 Enrichment Day Program as well as Project Based interactive learning activities. Our partnership with the NS5- North Shore Secondary Public Schools has resulted in an increased choice of curriculum and extra curricular subjects for students including leadership days, sports gala days, Duke of Edinburgh, debating and public speaking competitions. Our P&C is active in supporting our educational programs and the updating of resources including our tennis courts and basketball courts. We have an artificially surfaced full hockey pitch with change rooms and lighting located within our grounds. Our fully flood lit soccer fields are used by the Northern District Football Association.

Addressing issues of student engagement and well-being is an important part of our culture. Support programs are offered over the year to students and parents and include such programs as the "Big Fish Little Fish" Program to assist students and parents in the transition from Primary School to High School. The “Managing HSC Stress“ has been particularly helpful to our year 12 students and their families. A strong student support team assists students with learning difficulties.

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Small personal morning teas are held a couple of times per term where families meet the Principal and have a school tour. This allows families to see the school in operation and to meet with teachers and students in an informal climate.

Ms Terri-Anne Kamasz
Principal
BA. Dip Ed. Hon. Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders

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What's On

Thu Jun 29 Chemistry Excursion
Thu Jun 29 Spirit Week
Fri Jun 30 Last Day of Term 2
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Get in Touch

Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School
403 Bobbin Head Rd,
Turramurra North 2074
Phone: 9144 3477 or 9144 7617
Fax: 9983 9331

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