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TERM DATES for 2013
Term 1 - Tue 29 Jan - Thu 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 15 Apr - Fri 21 June
Term 3 - Mon 15 Jul - Fri 20 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 8 Oct - Wed 4 Dec
TERM DATES for 2014
Term 1 - Wed 29 Jan - Fri 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 14 Apr - Fri 20 June
Term 3 - Mon 14 Jul - Fri 19 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 7 Oct - Wed 3 Dec
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Here are a few facts to start the 2013 school year…
Fact: All 4 of our OP “ONE-DER-FUL’’ students did at least one Senior Humanities course in Year 12.
Fact: 8 of our top 10 OPs were achieved by students who did at least one Senior Humanities course.
Fact: All four OP One students and many of their high achieving peers freely acknowledge the value of their History and/or Geography studies.
Fact: Some senior students’ comments included:
- ‘Some subjects prepare you for a career, Humanities prepares you for life’
- ‘We need to know who we are and where we’ve come from’
- ‘It teaches you about the importance of all sorts of relationships’
- ‘In Humanities we study the Humanities the real world’
The Vice Principal Paul Sjogren acknowledged the strong performance of the Senior Humanities students in the Core Skills Test- “It was terrific to see so many of our Humanities students achieving at such a high standard in the recent OP results. The top SIX academic students in the 2012, and EIGHT of our top ten graduating cohort all studied one or more Humanities subjects, and the scaling value of Modern and Ancient History was very high (meaning they were highly weighted when OPs were calculated)”.
The Humanities Department is one of the biggest and most popular in the Secondary School. It offers discrete Modern History / Geography / Ancient History Units – of one term’s length in Years 7, 8 & 9, a Semester’s length in Year 10, and two-year courses in Senior. All of these follow the National Curriculum Guidelines (Years 7-10) or are approved by the QLD Studies Authority (Years 11 & 12).
Click here to view 2013 Junior Humanities Course details
Humanities is part of the essential core for each year of Junior Secondary. Students each year will study four Terms of Humanities. Two discrete History (Modern or Ancient) Units and two Geography Units. The present course with assessment items is briefly outlined below.
With the exception of Maths and English, all Departments at St. Andrews offer students a range of ‘electives’ of one semester in length. Every student in Year 10 must select at least two Humanities electives though many students choose to do more. All but two of these Units have a discrete Modern or Ancient History or Geography focus. We also offer semester-length electives in Philosophy and another in Sustainability – both very different and very popular. All these electives are briefly outlined in the following course overview (a more detailed coverage is available in the Year 10 Subject Selection booklet given to each student in Year 9).
Years 11 & 12
Students are not required to choose Humanities courses in Senior, though in Term 3 year 10 students are offered the option of selecting from 3 Humanities courses to study in Years 11 & 12:
- Modern History
- Ancient History
Each course comprises 8 distinct units of one term in length over the two years. A brief outline follows but copies of the QSA Accredited school work programme for each course are available for your perusal as are subject brochures which are a brief yet informative and more student-friendly summary of each of the three Senior Courses on offer.Click here to view 2013 Senior Humanities Course details
At St. Andrews we have many students who choose some or all of the three courses. In 2012 all four of our OP One students and seven of our top ten students studied at least one Senior Humanities course.
Summing up our Humanities Units / Courses really does not do them justice. A great deal of discussion, planning and reviewing goes on before a Unit is developed and finally implemented. The units are not just educational but also entertaining, not just informative but important, not just relevant but resonant. All feature extensive IT use through the school’s LMS programme.
For the latest information on what’s happening in Humanities please follow the ‘Humanities Headlines’ section on the School Facebook site and fortnightly Wavelength newsletter.
(Head of Faculty – Humanities)