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NBSC Balgowlah Boys Campus

NBSC Balgowlah Boys Campus

The Boys Campus of the Northern Beaches Secondary College

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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.

Conquest of the worlds project

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)


Mission Statement: Our vision is to develop critical thinkers who can effectively engage with the needs of the 21st century world.

When we look around us the world is a truly amazing place. How we lived the past, how we live in the present and how we will live in the future, are the key areas of inquiry in which the Faculty of Humanities focusses.

Junior Humanities

Students study major world events, communities and cultures through History and Geography in stages four and five. We also offer Commerce in stage five as an elective which prepares students for the financial world around them.  

Senior Humanities

In senior study we fully embody our mission statement to develop "critical thinkers". This is supported by our vision to ensure that students can communicate in sophisticated written and verbal forms. Our experienced and dedicated staff focus clearly upon the learning needs of our individual students as they build their skills towards the HSC.

We offer a wide selection of subject choices which allow students to pursue their passions and potential:


         Modern History

         Ancient History


         Business Studies

         Legal Studies

         Society and Culture


In the past two years Extension History has been added as an advanced subject choice for our strongest History students to fully explore historical perspectives of events through time.


The Faculty of Humanities has a truly student centred focus which views your son on a learning continuum from year 7 through to year 12. At it's core, the values embodied in our mission statement and everything we do is directed towards his development into a young man who considers the world with maturity.