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2014 has been a year of implementation for the Geography

courses of study. These constitute the second major change

of Australian Curriculum for the Humanities Faculty.

The new Geography electives in Year 9 and 10, entitled

The InterconnectedWorld and Environmental Challenges

and Disaster

s, have been offered in 2014 and will be

reviewed and developed further for next year with an

improved focus on fieldwork and the important skills that it

develops. The increasing use of tools such as Google maps,

integrated with student photographs and data collection

will help to develop more sophisticated fieldwork

presentations at all levels. This year has seen the first

offering of the new Year 7 and 8 Geography courses which

will require review and development. A decision was made

during the year that in the best interests of effective

learning the History and Geography courses at Year 8

should operate on a semester basis from 2015. This will

provide more frequent contact with students and greater

continuity than has previously existed.

In 2014 a new History elective in Years 9 and 10 entitled

Ancient Cultures has been offered for the first time. This

has proved to be popular and is a positive step in

establishing a background for students who may wish, in

the future, to study the new VCE Ancient History course

that is being planned by the Victorian Curriculum and

Assessment Authority (VCAA). The

Money, Law and Politics

elective unit has also been popular this year as the faculty

has had to begin the review of this area of study with the

publishing of the Business and Economics and Citizenship

AusVELs. This review may lead to an expansion of these

offerings as a lead- in to the extensive range of Commerce

subjects available at VCE level.

Subject-based activities run this year include fieldwork

at various levels, incursions by History Box, speakers, and

other activities. Subject competitions are being reviewed to

evaluate their worth as a learning activity. A range of

competitions may be offered as extension activities to

interested students in the future.

Yet again the simulation activity entitled Justicecountry

was a highlight for the Year 11 students who chose to

participate. It provides an opportunity to be involved in an

activity that focuses on the equity of income distribution

and the process of government decision making.

Many Year 11 students found the task enlightening and

thought provoking.

Every year the Department is responsible for running

Assemblies on both Anzac Day and Remembrance Day. This

year a number of Year 11 History students were involved in

presenting the Anzac Assembly and are to be commended

on making it such a moving occasion. The incoming 2015

School Leaders did an excellent presentation for

Remembrance Day.

Thanks are due to the staff of the Humanities Department

in 2014 for their continuing hard work and commitment

to their students. They are also to be thanked for their

contribution to the development of many new courses

and the thoughtful approach to the increasing use of

technology in the classroom, particularly at Years 7 and 8.

Staff are also to be commended on their involvement in a

range of professional learning, including subject-based

areas, technology, formative assessment and leadership.

Many of these courses have led to enthusiastic planning

and changes in classroom strategies.

At the beginning of this year we welcomed Ms Emma Forte

(History Maternity Leave Replacement) to the Department.

Ms Forte was a graduate teacher who has made a positive

contribution to History, with great enthusiasm and skill.

We also welcomed Ms Jane Cornelius, although she is a

long-standing member of the French department at Ruyton

as well.

The Humanities Department takes pride in the

opportunities it provides in terms of a holistic and

interdisciplinary approach to learning, which has always

been a part of our approach. As the world, through

technology, becomes a more interconnected place,

we see the role of Humanities in equipping students

with this integrated form of knowledge becoming

increasingly important.

Ms Margaret Barratt,

Dean of Humanities

Annual Report 2014