Humanities

Head of Humanities
Director Pastoral Care
Dean Senior School
Claire Potter
Humanities / English
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.

Year 7, 8 and 9
In Years 7 , 8 and 9 Te Reo and tikanga (Māori language and protocol) are integrated into our programme. Year 7 experience a day on a marae, including participating in a pōwhiri. In Year 8, you undertake a self-directed social action campaign. In Year 9, you will explore the ways in which societies work and look at how you can participate and take action as informed and responsible citizens, gaining knowledge and understanding of key facets of community such as government, human rights and human response to the natural environment.  Field trips are a regular part of learning.

Year 10
In Year 10, classes are organised into the strands of: Business Studies, Geography, History and Classical Studies. In addition to providing a sound base for further study, these subjects explore the way in which societies work and how you can participate and take action as informed and responsible citizens. In the Social Sciences, you are encouraged to think logically, critically and creatively in order to discover and implement strategies for positive change and sustainability. We teach you to read widely, research effectively and write competently. In Business Studies all students participate in the nationwide Like a Boss programme where you will have the opportunity to build your own business with just the provided $20 in your pocket. In your Social Sciences you develop 21st century skills – curiosity, creativity, communication, design thinking, global competence, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

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. 
Feel free to contact our Humanities Department.