Social Sciences

The Social Science learning area is about how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens. Contexts are drawn from the past, present, and future and from places within and beyond New Zealand.


Learning will develop students in their critical thinking of current events and societal issues, as well as develop research and their communication skills. This is a compulsory subject in Years 9 and 10 with the option to continue with a Social Science in the Senior School.


Classical Studies is the study of the civilization of ancient Greece and Rome without the study of classical languages, Greek and Latin. The Greek and Roman civilizations produced many of the acknowledged classics of world literature and art. They produced minds of excellence in other fields as well – notably drama, architecture, law, politics, and philosophy. As such Classical Studies is an inter-disciplinary study and whether you are interested in art or history, drama or politics, you will find something of interest to you in Classical Studies


History is about exploring the past, in order to understand the present, and shape the future. New Zealand history is seen within wider global contexts. Historians are skilled in research and source analysis that is fundamental for other subject areas.


Geography is the study of the Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. It seeks to interpret the world and how it changes over time and explain relationships and connections between people and the environment. Essentially, Geography is unique in bridging the Social Sciences (human Geography) with the Natural Sciences (physical Geography).


Tourism comprises the activities of persons traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes.