The Social Sciences in this school encompass the subjects stated below in the diagram, but also in a wider sense, include: sociology, psychology, anthropology, education psychology and feminist studies to mention but a few. Most of the teachers of Social Studies would have studied some of these at University or College. All of the above and other subjects such as geology, climatology, environmental studies and classical studies, are reflected in the teaching of Social Sciences in school. The main framework, however, hangs on the three disciplines of geography, history and economics.
The Social Sciences are an important factor in all types of employment, but are particularly useful in professions such as: Teaching, Medicine, Social Work, Farming, Architecture, Banking and Insurance, Film and Radio, Journalism, Scientific Research, the Law, Law Enforcement and the Armed Services. They are also useful for jobs that entail a contact with other people, both colleagues and customers.
Although each year has a specific curriculum, there are common elements that weave through Social Studies. They are encouraged to value: Excellence; Innovation; Inquiry and curiosity; Diversity, Equity; participation for the common good; Ecological sustainability; Integrity and finally, Respect.
There are five main competences that have been identified as key in the students’ intellectual and moral development. These are: Thinking; Using language, symbols and text; Managing self; Relating to others; Participating and contributing. All of the above are woven into the teaching programme.
|Junior School||Middle School||NCEA Level 1 ||Level 2 ||Level 3 ||Scholarship|
|Social Studies||Social Sciences||Geography||Geography||Geography||Geography|
|Classical Studies||Classical Studies||Classical Studies|