Ambarvale High School logo

Ambarvale High School

Ambarvale High School

Trust, Respect, Responsibility, Excellence, Cooperation

Telephone02 4627 1800

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. 

HSIE at our school

The HSIE Faculty at Ambarvale High School offers a wide range of subjects that can be studied by students, these include:

HSIE Years 7 to 10

  • History
  • Geography
  • Language – Japanese 


HSIE Years 11 and 12

  • Ancient History
  • Modern History
  • Geography
  • Business Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Society and Culture
  • Japanese – Beginners

Ambarvale High School's HSIE programs have been designed alongside the Board of Studies NSW Curriculum Framework to provide educational opportunities that:

  • Engage and challenge all students to maximise their individual talents and capabilities for lifelong learning
  • Enable all students to develop positive self-concepts and their capacity to establish and maintain safe, healthy and rewarding lives
  • Prepare all students for effective and responsible participation in their society, taking account of moral, ethical and spiritual considerations
  • Encourage and enable all students to enjoy learning, and to be self-motivated, reflective, competent learners who will be able to take part in further study, work or training
  • Promote a fair and just society that values diversity
  • Promote the continuity and coherence of learning.