History helps students make sense of the modern world by developing an understanding of the background to issues and events of current world affairs. They learn to critically and systematically evaluate and interpret evidence. Students are encouraged to read widely and present their work in a variety of written and oral forms. In Years 7 to 12, History students complement their studies with a Medieval Day as well as through a series of incursions, including meeting with authors and the Year 9 and 10 History plays.

Years 8, 9 and 10

History is compulsory in Years 7 to 10. Students explore, evaluate and interpret information and develop an understanding of the impact of people, events and ideas from one time period to the next.

In Year 7 students are introduced to new content and skills in order to bolster their knowledge and capability in senior school history. Here the focus is the Ancient World and the time period is 60000 BCE to 650.

In Year 8 students are introduced to the further skills required to be a capable historian, including comprehension from source documents, gathering information from a range of resources and presenting information in a written form. Here the focus is the ancient to the modern world and the time period is 650 to 1750.

During the Year 9 course students investigate how individuals and groups coexist and develop a cultural heritage. Here the focus is the making of the modern world and the time period is 1750 to 1918.  

Year 10 students study the key social, political, economic and international issues of the twentieth century. Here the focus is the modern world Australia and the time period is 1918 to the present. All of these courses reflect the Australian Curriculum historical understandings and skills. 

Years 11 and 12

Modern History is a tertiary entrance scoring subject. Students study two units during the year, allowing each unit to be covered in greater depth. The dynamic style allows students to deeply investigate special areas of interest and assists the development of their organisational and written skills. The ATAR units include Unit 1, Understanding the Modern World (Capitalism, the American experience) and Unit 2, Movements for Change in the 20th Century (Nazism in Germany), 3A Cohesion and Division (Australian History from 1920 to 1959) and 3B Ideas That Shaped History (Russian Revolution 1900 to 1941).