HSIE is divided into two key learning areas in the Junior years- Geography and History



The Stage 4 curriculum provides a study of the nature of history and historical sources, both archaeological and written. Students investigate ancient history from the time of the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period (approximately 60 000 BC – c. AD 650).

The Stage 5 curriculum provides a study of the history of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1945. It was a period of industrialisation and rapid change in the ways people lived, worked and thought. It was an era of nationalism and imperialism, and the colonisation of Australia was part of the expansion of European power. The period culminated in World War I (1914–1918) and World War II (1939–1945).



The Stage 4 and 5 curriculum examines the following concepts

  • Place: the significance of places and what they are
  • Space: the significance of location and spatial distribution, and ways people organise and manage spaces that we live in. 
  • Environment: the significance of the environment in human life, and the important interrelationships between humans and the environment.
  • Interconnection: no object of geographical study can be viewed in isolation.
  •  Scale: the way that geographical phenomena and problems can be examined at different spatial levels.
  • Sustainability: the capacity of the environment to continue to support our lives and the lives of other living creatures into the future.
  • Change: explaining geographical phenomena by investigating how they have developed over time.


HSIE in the senior years, CHS offers the following Stage 6 subjects

  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Retail Services (VET)
  • Work Studies
  • Society an Culture




Field work is an integral component in providing the opportunity for students to demonstrate practical skills of Geography and History, as such there are numerous excursions and field trips offered at CHS to support this.