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Learning Areas > Humanities

Leader of Learning - Humanities: Mr Allan Kerr
P: +61 3 9816 1492 E:


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About the Learning Area

The Humanities Learning Area is a dynamic, vibrant and co-operative venture between enthusiastic and talented staff and students. It encompasses a broad range of subjects that are of great interest and relevance to students, while equipping them with the skills required to understand and confidently address today's changing society.

We offer a wide range of subjects, including IB History and Philosophy and opportunities for university extension studies. VCE classes are offered in Geography, Australian and Global Politics, History and Philosophy.

Humanities subjects are an excellent preparation for life and employment. They encourage skills such as analytical thinking, defining cause and effect, reasoning, conceptualisation, intellectual and emotional empathy, maturity of judgement, general literacy, research and evaluation of information, and importantly, communication of ideas and writing skills. They promote tolerance of diverse visions of life through the study and discussion of societies, issues and values.

Our teachers are a mix of experienced teachers and recently qualified teachers, all with strong credentials. Many hold postgraduate qualifications in their subject areas. Many contribute to the writing of Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority courses and to the development of assessment processes. They make presentations at subject association conferences and are active in the History Teachers Association of Victoria (HTAV), Social Education Victoria (SEV) and the International Baccalaureate History Teachers' Network. Several staff also examine or prepare examinations for the International Baccalaureate or the VCAA.

As part of our commitment to the achievement of academic excellence and an enjoyment of Humanities studies, our courses blend traditional and recent teaching strategies and resources.


Extension Programs

We have an active extension program.

  • Geography field trips include destinations like Kinglake, Toolangi State Forest and studies of Urban development in local areas like Richmond.
  • History excursions to the Kokoda Memorial in Dandenong, the Holocaust centre in Elsternwick as well as visits to the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum.
  • Global and Australian Politics seminars.
  • Guest speakers across the disciplines.
  • Our students have been chosen to represent Victoria in the National Conference of the United Nations' Youth Association in the past and have represented Australia at the United Nations' Youth Association International Conference.

Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of competitions such as the National History Challenge and the Asia-Wise Competition.