SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY
In the Social Science faculty we teach a wide range of subjects. In the junior school we teach Geography, Commerce and Mandatory Language (Indonesian).
Geography is an important subject as it provides students with vital information about the world they live in. It is the study of places – their environments, populations, economies and communities – and how and why these places are changing. It gives students a holistic view of the world. Students gain understanding, knowledge and skills to make sense of issues such as climatic change, resource depletion, urban growth, population pressures, globalisation, natural disasters and environmental challenges.
Our geography course provides students with the opportunity to engage in a number of fieldwork activities which provides them with knowledge in relation to the environment that they live in. They develop skills that allow them to undertake geographical investigation and make informed decisions on environmental management and protection. It prepares them to be informed citizens when they move into the wider community.
Commerce is an elective subject in Years 8, 9 and 10 that focuses on financial literacy, the Australian legal system and employment. In today’s world it provides students with vital information that will equip them with knowledge and skills essential for their future roles as active, informed citizens and advocates for a fair and just society.
As a prerequisite for the award of the School Certificate all students in NSW must complete 100 hours of language. At James Fallon High School all students in Year 7 study Bahasa Indonesia. The study of languages provides opportunities for students to become more accepting of diversity, more respectful of others and more aware of their place in the international community. Indonesia is Australia’s nearest Asian neighbour. The study of Indonesia and its national language, Bahasa Indonesia, is therefore relevant to Australian students. The ability to communicate in Indonesian enhances the positive features of Australia’s culturally diverse society and helps to reinforce the ideals of mutual respect. It promotes understanding, harmony and cooperation between Australia and Indonesia.
The mandatory course incorporates the gradual learning of vocabulary, phrases and grammatical structure in the context of topics.
In the senior school we offer students a wide range of subjects:
- Business Studies
- Legal Studies and
- Community and Family Studies
- Mrs G Thurling – Head Teacher
- Mrs W. Griffith
- Mrs P Johnson
- Mrs P Lockley
- Miss K Heffey
- Mrs Jade Lieschke
The syllabus for each of these subject areas and more information can be found at the Board of Studies Website
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