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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 from Year 7 to 10.

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


- write for a variety of purposes

In NSW high schools, languages is a key learning area.

Language study allows students to develop communication skills, learn about languages as systems and explore the relationship between language and culture. Students engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of societies and reflect on their understanding of social interactions.

The study of a language is compulsory for 100 hours in one continuous school year from Year 7 to Year 10, but preferably in Years 7 or 8.

At Chifley College Dunheved Campus students study Japanese in Year 7.

Head Teacher:

  • Ataul Ahmad


  • Janet Hughes (Careers Adviser)
  • Ross Camilleri ( HSIE teacher, Stage 5 Transition Advisor )
  • Nick Kennedy ( HSIE teacher, Leadership Coordinator )
  • Jessica Cheng ( Teacher Languages other than English )
  • Hima Vunnam ( HSIE teacher )
  • Kerry Burns ( Aboriginal Education Officer )
  • Lawrence Tauasa (Community Liaison Officer ) 
  • Osea Taito (Pastor)

In-class tutors:

  • Samira Boney.

Faculty teaching aims:

The HSIE faculty at Chifley College Dunheved Campus is made up of an experienced team of committed teachers and support staff who cater to the learning of all students. Staff  provide them with sound, exciting, educational experiences that will empower and enable them to achieve to the very best of their ability, developing skills to become life long learners who will make positive contributions to society. Our unique and engaging learning experiences provide an avenue to achieving strong academic and personal outcomes.

Subjects taught by faculty:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Commerce
  • Careers
  • Japanese ( language other than English - LOTE )
  • Elective history

Enrichment opportunities in HSIE:

  •  Chifley College Geography Brainiest Campus Competition
  • Japanese sister school  " pen pals "
  • Excursions ( Japanese Gardens, Japanese Film Festival, various history and geography based excursions )
  • Engagement in whole school community cultural events ( Multicultural day, Anzac day ceremonies, NAIDOC celebrations )
  • Project based learning ( running a business, survival tasks )

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