Our Vision: “Within Humanities it is the aim of each teacher to ensure the empowerment of our students by providing them the tools to become informed, empathetic, global citizens who can make good life decisions.”


Junior Social Studies (Y9 & Y10)

Humanities is about discovering who you are, and how different cultures, histories, ideas and perspectives make the world go round. It is the study of people, society, the environment, and government.

Humanities focuses on helping students find their voice. This is where you learn to think for yourself, and discover what you feel passionate about. We study a wide range of social issues, exploring why and how they can impact us as New Zealanders. Students will investigate ideas, perspectives, places, and resources, and use this knowledge to make responsible decisions as active citizens. Students will also gain skills that will help them become critical thinkers through opinion writing, source analysis, graph interpretation, in-class debates and more.

In Humanities you will learn about:

  • Making informed decisions and finding your own voice
  • Debating
  • Mapping, graphing and source analysis skills
  • Public speaking
  • Understanding different points of view
  • Gathering information and research
  • Critical engagement with the world around you

Year 9: Humanities

Humanities in Year 9 covers the following topics:

  • What makes a Queen’s Girl?
  • Migration
  • Our Place
  • Ancient Civilisations
  • Government and law
  • Disasters and more
Year 10: Humanities

Humanities involves students learning about how societies work and how people participate in society. The contexts used for this study are drawn from the past and the present, from within New Zealand and from a global perspective. 

  • Careers & Income
  • Racism
  • Water & Sustainability

Humanities is a two year programme designed to prepare students for entry into Senior History, Geography and Economics. Over this time students will be exposed to the specific skills required therefore grounding them in good practice prior to entering the senior disciplines. Students will undertake practical fieldwork, research and class presentations during this course.


  • Formulate focusing questions
  • Gather information
  • Select and process relevant information
  • Reference accurately and effectively
  • Communicate their understanding of material
  • Describe and explain features of past or present societies
  • Describe and explain the extent of change in society
  • Suggest relationships between causes and consequences
  • Construct and interpret graphs, maps, diagrams, cartoons and other primary source documents
  • Answer questions effectively using information from sources
  • Describe features of places
  • Describe and explain how natural forces and people change environments
  • Explain their own views and recognise that others hold different views
  • Describe and explain others’ points of view

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