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The Humanities and Business department provides students with essential life skills. Students have the opportunity to acquire a range of technical, personal and interpersonal skills that will continue to serve them well as they progress into their adult life and become active and informed citizens.


In Junior Secondary, programs focus on developing essential learning skills. The course delivery becomes more challenging as students progress through the middle phase of learning and is designed to develop and foster skills and abilities required in independent learners.

Students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 are engaged in the Australian Curriculum studying History, Business, Civics and Geography. Key learning areas centre on the human fascination with the way people interact with each other and the environment.

Justice and Power (Year 10 Elective)

Justice and Power provides a broad understanding of the world in which we live, and how people can participate as active and informed citizens with high-level skills needed for the 21st century. Justice and Power has a contemporary and historical focus, investigates personal to global contexts, and considers challenges for the future.

In the senior school students have the opportunity to specialise in the following areas:

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies

Active and informed citizenship starts with a good knowledge of our First Australians. Students explore Australian History from before colonisation in 1788 up until the present day and study early and contemporary Indigenous history, culture, values, beliefs, languages and lifestyle both before and after European occupation. Students gain an understanding of prejudice, racism and stereotypes. Studies in this area are considered essential knowledge in many career fields especially education, health and welfare, law and policing, tourism, journalism and politics.

Ancient History

Knowing where we have come from helps us make sense of the present and predict the future. The historical period covered is the human race from its earliest beginnings through to the fall of the Roman Empire. Students study a wide range of cultures and topics such as: Funerary practices, Archaeology and studies of conflict.

The skills developed are essential for succeeding at University. Many past students have rated Ancient History as the one subject that really helped prepare them for university assignment writing. It is useful for many career fields including academic research, archaeology, conservation and museums, government, politics and diplomacy, law, journalism, public relations.

SIT20112 - Certificate II in Tourism (RTO Code: 30457)

Tourism has become the world’s biggest industry and its potential impact on societies and their economic and ecological future is enormous. The tourism industry is one of Australia’s fastest growing industries, and has assumed increasing importance in Australian society and is a source of expanding employment opportunities in the Cairns area. The course is aimed at students who seek employment in the tourism industry.

Legal Studies

Legal Studies focuses on enhancing student’s ability to recognise the diverse legal situations and issues that arise in their everyday lives. These situations and issues often have legal implications that affect the rights and obligations of themselves and other community members. Students will gain knowledge to understand legal frameworks that regulate and shape society.

Ms Carice Fehlberg

Head of Department Humanities (Acting)


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