South Fremantle Senior High School

Humanities – English, S&E, LOTE

The Humanities Learning Area, that is English, Society & Environment and LOTE, groups the study of languages, culture and the environment under one banner. This enables greater cross-curricular opportunities for students and provides staff with the means to better organize these opportunities.

English

The study of English helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society.

English also helps students to engage imaginatively and critically with literature to expand the scope of their experience. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have contributed to Australian society and to its contemporary literature and its literary heritage through their distinctive ways of representing and communicating knowledge, traditions and experience.

The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace.

The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace.

Nuts & Bolts

Middle School

(years 7-10)

ENGLISH develops students; understanding and appreciation of Australian English by learning to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose

  • Compulsory in years 7-10
  • Must attain a minimum B grade in year 10 to enter ATAR pathway.

Senior School

(years 11-12)

WACE Course: ENGLISH – Language plays a central role in human life. Through the use of oral, written and visual communication texts, students examine the relationship between language and power, and learn how to become competent, reflective, adaptable and critical users of language.

  • Stage 1 pre-requisites – min C grade in year 10 (non-ATAR)
  • Stage 2 pre-requisites – min B grade in year 10 (List A ATAR)
  • Stage 3 pre-requisites – min C grade in Stage 2 (List A ATAR)
WACE Course: LITERATURE – Students learn how to understand the values and attitudes that are privileged or marginalised by texts as well as the cultural and historical contexts in which they are produced and received. Through the study of Literature, students create readings of literary texts and develop the skills necessary to better understand their world. They apply and explore their understandings of literature through their own writing.

  • Stage 2 pre-requisites – min B grade (strong) in year 10 English (List A ATAR)
  • Stage 3 pre-requisites – min C grade in Stage 2 Literature (List A ATAR)

Post-School

  • Stage 1: TAFE, Work, Other (non-ATAR)
  • Stage 2/3: University, TAFE, Work, Other

 

Society & Environment

Society and Environment develops students’ understanding of how individuals and groups live together and interact with their environment. Students develop a respect for cultural heritage and a commitment to social justice, the democratic process and ecological sustainability.

History is a focus area in S&E and involves the disciplined process of inquiry into the past. Awareness of history is an essential characteristic of any society, and historical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves and others. It promotes the understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from earliest times. It helps students appreciate how the world and its people have changed, as well as the significant continuities that exist to the present day.

The process of historical inquiry develops transferable skills, such as the ability to ask relevant questions; critically analyse and interpret sources; consider context; respect and explain different perspectives; develop and substantiate interpretations, and communicate effectively.

The curriculum generally takes a world history approach within which the history of Australia is taught. It does this in order to equip students for the world (local, regional and global) in which they live. This knowledge and understanding is essential for informed and active participation in Australia’s diverse society.

The curriculum generally takes a world history approach within which the history of Australia is taught.

The curriculum generally takes a world history approach within which the history of Australia is taught.

Nuts & Bolts

Middle School

(years 7-10)

S&E students learn how individuals and groups live together and interact with their environment. They develop a respect for cultural heritage and a commitment to social justice, the democratic process and ecological sustainability.

  • Compulsory in years 7-10
  • Must attain a minimum B grade in year 10 to enter ATAR pathway.

Senior School

(years 11-12)

WACE Course: MODERN HISTORY – Studying Modern History enables students to become critical thinkers and helps inform their judgements and actions in a rapidly changing world. They are encouraged to question and evaluate historical sources; identify various representations and versions of history; use evidence to formulate and support their own interpretations; and communicate their findings in a variety of ways.

  • Stage 2 pre-requisites – min B Grade in yr10 S&E (List A ATAR)
  • Stage 3 pre-requisites – min C grade in Stage 2 (List A ATAR)
WACE Course Summary, GEOGRAPHY – Geography provides students with the knowledge and skills to observe and describe places on the surface of the Earth, and from a spatial perspective analyse and provide explanations on human and physical phenomena and their complex interactions. They develop a range of skills that help them to understand the physical world, interpret the past, scrutinise the present and explore sustainable strategies for the future care of places.

  • Stage 2 pre-requisites – min B Grade in yr10 S&E (List A ATAR)
  • Stage 3 pre-requisites – min C grade in Stage 2 (List A ATAR)

Post-School

  • University, TAFE, Work, Other

 

LOTE – Indonesian

lote

All human relationships are founded on the ability of people to communicate effectively with each other. Our thoughts, values and understandings are developed and expressed through language. Learning Indonesian involves communicating with people whose linguistic frame of reference may be quite different. This process allows students to understand better the world in which they live and contributes to the development of their personal perspectives of the global community.

The study of Indonesian provides a unique window for gaining insights into other cultures. Language use is socially and culturally bound and the ability to communicate effectively requires understanding of the cultural concepts within which language is used.

NUTS & BOLTS

Middle School

(years 7-10)

INDONESIAN students learn to communicate effectively in Indonesian gaining an understanding of Indonesian society as well as the ability to interact with Indonesian people. They develop an appreciation for Indonesian culture and practical skills which they can use in future social, cultural and vocational areas.

  • Compulsory in years 7-8; pre-requisites: NIL
  • Elective in years 9-10; pre-requisites: min C grade in previous Indonesian course

Senior School

(years 11-12)

WACE Course: INDONESIAN: SECOND LANGUAGE – By learning Indonesian students will develop the skills to communicate with a range of people in various contexts, and enhance their job opportunities in areas such as tourism and hospitality, politics, diplomacy, commerce, law, education, engineering, etc.

  • Stage 2 pre-requisites – min B Grade in Advanced (yr10) Indonesian (List A ATAR)
  • Stage 3 pre-requisites – min C grade in Stage 2 (List A ATAR)

Post-School

  • University, TAFE, Work, Other