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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 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. 

In Year 11 and 12, students can choose from a range of HSIE courses. These include:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture
  • Studies of Religion.

Faculty vision

The HSIE faculty at Concord High School are committed to and have a demonstrated love history of delivering outstanding educational services that meet the rigorous academic and social needs of 21st century learners. We pride ourselves on value added growth and providing opportunities for all students in our KLA to develop into lifelong learners. The HSIE staff are ‘explicit teaching' practitioners who have high expectations of our students; and develop meaningful learning relationships with our community through the PBL model. 

All staff are self reflective practitioners who collegially develop meaningful programs, coursework, assessments and excursions for the cohort within the Quality Teaching Framework. Each subject we offer is coordinated by an expert in that subject who has a demonstrated history of excellence in teaching and results in learning. 

The HSIE Social Science staff consists of:

Danka Milinovic- Head Teacher Social Science

Craig Anderson- Deputy Principal and Stage 6 Economics coordinator

Vivien Au - Year 10 Geography coordinator and Year 12 Business Studies coordinator

William Bennetts - Director of Recycling and Stage 6 Geography coordinator 

Murray Clare - Senior Geography and Business Studies expert

Sawsan Khabbaz - Year 11 Business Studies coordinator

Sam Nachar - 2IC HT Social Science 

William Paling- Legal Studies and Historian expert,  Mens adviser

Amanda Reda - Year 11 Business Studies coordinator


The HSIE History staff consists of:

Helen Scevity - HT History 

Annika Fawcett 

Ben Mitchell

Scott Morrissey - Stage 4 History and Geography coordinator , Year adviser. 2IC HT Welfare 

Deanna Santos - Co -relieving HT Student Leadership, Prefect Coordinator, Acting 2IC History , Indigenous Suppport

Paul Sherry 

Brooke Smith


The HSIE faculty offers the following subjects:

Stage 4 History ,Geography and International Studies

Stage 5 History, Geography, Commerce, Elective History

Stage 6 Modern History, Ancient History, Geography, Society and Culture, Legal Studies, Business Studies, Extension History and Economics.

Opportunities in HSIE:

We like to give our students a wide range of learning experiences. Students will have the opportunity to take part in a number of activities. Some of the activities include: Lucas Gardens Partnership with Concord- Year 10 Commerce students engaging with the local school

National History Competition - Years 7-10

Literacy in HSIE - literacy is explicitly taught to all students in HSIE, value adding to lifelong learning. 

ALARM - A Learning And Responding Matrix - writing skills are explicitly taught to all students in HSIE, allowing them to demonstrate their comprehensive knowledge and understanding of curriculum concepts. 

The Sydney Jewish Museum Holocaust experience - Year 10.

Geography Field Trips  (Barangaroo)  Stages 4-6

Senior subject HSC lecture days

Downing Centre and Supreme Court excursions- Stage 6 Legal Studies