10 Social Studies

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Mackay

He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata! – It’s people, it’s people, it’s people!

This sums up the essence of Social Studies. It is the study of how societies operate and how people participate as individuals and groups in their communities. A society and people’s involvement in it is shaped by its past, the place of its people in it, and its resources.
Students will study the influences which shape people and their communities in the following topics:

  • Courage and Convictions (a study of human rights)
  • Money Matters (a study of economic decisions and growth)
  • Great Ideas (a study of ideas and actions from the past which influence the present)
  • Nga Taonga (a study of peoples’ management of resources)

In addition to these topics the class teacher will determine a time during the year when the students will experience the Community of Thinking (CoT) programme. The students will be given a fertile question connected with their current topic and they will then become responsible for the direction their research takes them in, with the aim of finding a unique answer to the fertile question.

Woven into Social Studies and the various topics is the key skill of Social Inquiry; the Key Competencies; and the Vision, Values and Principles as detailed in the New Zealand Curriculum. The course will include, where appropriate, the school values of compassion, community, curiosity, and courage. These skills are crucial in the empowerment of young people to participate responsibly in our local, national, and international communities.


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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.