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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.

The HSIE faculty at FHS is a vibrant faculty dedicated to providing a rich variety of quality teaching and learning practices across a range of subject areas. The faculty aims to:

  • Provide guidance and support for all students' range of learning needs. 
  • improve student educational outcomes via quality teaching and learning strategies
  • provide learning opportunities which enrich student learning and educational outcomes
  • encourage high order thinking and research skills
  • provide students with the opportunity to gain important employability skills
  • integrate numeracy, literacy and ICT skills into quality teaching practices and programs
  • foster an attitude of lifelong learning


Stage 4 subjects – Years 7 and 8
  • History
  • Geography

Stage 5 subjects – Years 9 and 10

  • Geography
  • History
  • History Elective
  • Commerce

Geography, Civics and Citizenship

In stages 4 and 5 Geography, Civics and Citizenship is a mandatory component of the curriculum. Students are required by the Board of Studies to study Geography, Civics and Citizenship in years 7 to 10.

In stage 4 students explore and learn about human and physical elements in Global Geography. In Stage 5 students focus on Australian Geography.  In Year 10 students will complete a mandatory School Certificate examination.

In both stages 4 and 5 students are required to complete mandatory fieldwork to support and complement content taught within the classroom. As a result, the Social Science faculty has organised a number of excursions and incursions which provide students the opportunity to achieve positive educational outcomes.

Commerce (Elective) 

In years 9 and 10 students are provided with the opportunity to study Commerce as an elective subject. Excursions are also organised to enrich students learning opportunities in Commerce.

Senior Subjects

The HSIE faculty in years 11 and 12 offers a broad range of traditional and vocational education courses. All courses offered are 2 units and aim to achieve differential learning outcomes. Senior subjects offered by the faculty are: