West Wallsend High School

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Human society and its environment (HSIE)

Welcome to our HSIE faculty

"History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” (David McCullough)

Faculty goals and vision

  • Citizenship: subjects are underpinned by the theme of developing active citizenship - inspiring students to become informed, to want make a difference and enabling them with the necessary skills.
  • Knowledge of society, environment, sustainability and appropriate actions while developing skills in research, critical thinking, effective communication, making informed decisions and taking appropriate actions.
  • Inspiration for our students to become the best version of themselves, to be both interested and interesting, and to make a difference for the better.

Faculty strengths

  • Lauren Holding – finalist in the Education Rising Star of the Year category at the 2021 Australian Education Awards.


  • Archaeology in the Rocks (Ancient History)
  • Bake and Shake initiative (Commerce)
  • Fieldwork
  • Luna Park, Sydney (Commerce)
  • Medieval Day experience (Year 7)
  • Nambus visit (Year 10)
  • Singleton Military Museum (Year 9)
  • Supreme Court of NSW (Legal Studies) 
  • Sydney Jewish Museum (Modern History)
  • University of Sydney / Nicholson Museum of Antiquities (Ancient History)


Stage 4 (Years 7 & 8)

  • Geography
  • History

Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10)

  • Commerce
  • Geography
  • History

Stage 6 (Years 11 & 12)

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture
  • Work Studies