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Humanities

Meet our Humanities Deaprtment, feel free to contact us.


Fiona Crawford
Head of Humanities


Anne Field 
Director Pastoral Care
Dean Senior School

Pamela McConchie
Associate Dean
Senior School


Chris French
Anita Stark 
 
Hutia te rito
o te harakeke
Kei whea, te kāmako e kō?
Kī mai ki ahau
He aha te mea nui
o tēnei ao
Māku e kī atu
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. 
            When the heart is torn
from the flax bush
where will the Bell bird sing?
You ask me
what is the greatest thing
on Earth
My reply is
it is people people people.

Learning about other people, places, cultures and aspects that impact those in society is vital if we are to develop students who respect and value diversity and are interested in improving the world around them.  Through the study of Humanities subjects students will develop a broader understanding of the world in which we live by examining natural and manmade events and human use of their environment and how people participate in society.  In humanities subjects, students are encouraged to think logically, critically and creatively in order to discover and implement strategies for positive change and sustainability.  As well as honouring the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bi-cultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. We aim to make students aware of their role as part of a global community in shaping the planet’s future.

In the junior school we cover a range of concepts in Social Sciences classes with allowing students to apply these to a range of contexts, these can vary depending on the needs and interests of the class. Field trips are offered to ensure students have some connection with the societies they are studying. In year 7 we visit a Marae, in year 8 they recreate a news show on a disaster and in year 9 a trip to Parliament is a highlight.

In Year 10 we split the course in to Geography, History and Business Studies with an aim to introduce the disciplines of the senior school. In Business Studies, each student is able to participate in an NCEA internal assessment creating their own business and participating in Market day.

From year 11 the humanities options are Geography and History, and from year 12 Accounting (with Business Studies), Classical studies and Economics are also available. These are successful programmes with real world application made explicit throughout the courses. We also offer a number of field trips to enrich our students understanding.