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Penrith Selective High School

Penrith Selective High School

Altiora Peto - Striving for the highest

Telephone02 4721 0529


Overview of Faculty

The History Faculty at Penrith Selective High School is made up of highly qualified, experienced and expert teachers who have a love for the subjects they teach; deep, wide and current knowledge;  and a strong commitment to student learning.

Learning programs are designed to be concept focussed and differentiated, intellectually stimulating and challenging, relevant to Australian society and the world beyond, and encouraging of students to be independent learners.

Student learning is characterised by critical and creative thinking and the ability to develop and sustain well-constructed arguments supported by detailed evidence through technology aided research.

Courses Offered


History - Years 7-10

Senior Courses

Ancient History - Years 11-12

Accelerated Ancient History - Years 10-11

Modern History - Years 11-12

History Extension - Year 12

Legal Studies - Years 11-12

Studies of Religion 1 - Years 11-12

Philosophy - Year 11


Elective History - Years 9 and 10

Philosphy - Years 9 and 10

Critical Thinking - Years 9 and 10

Key Excursions and Learning Opportunities

Year 7 Ancient History Day

Year 7 Museum of Fire Heritage writing competition

Year 8 Medieval Day

Year 9 World War One Performance

Year 10 Vietnam Performance

HSC Seminars (incursions; excursions)

Court visits (Legal Studies)

Visits to places of worship (Studies of Religion)

History Prefect (leadership)

NSW Schools Constitutional Convention

Anzac Day Ceremony

Remembrance Day Ceremony

History Mastermind - Years 7 and 8 

The Simpson Prize - Years 9 and 10

Australian History Competition - Years 7-10

History Extension Essay Prize - Year 12

National History Challenge Years 7-12

Further details about additional opportunities for students

The staff of each faculty are highly involved in running and supporting student leaders to lead a wide variety of co-curricular, enrichment, clubs & societies as part of the school's strong commitment to  talent development opportunities. These programs also play a key part of ensuring that students work alongside not only their classmates, but with other like minded students from across the 6 cohorts within the school. 


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