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Penrith Selective High School

Penrith Selective High School

Altiora Peto - Striving for the highest

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Social Sciences


Social Sciences is a multidisciplinary faculty that is concerned with the analysis and modelling of human behaviour, in particular the relationships that exist between individuals, firms, governments, the global community, and the environment. Our faculty has many branches including the study of geography and business activities, society and cultures, economics, law, and politics.

The Social Sciences faculty consists of dedicated and talented teachers who, by the multidisciplinary nature of the subject area, are specialists in multiple fields. Our teachers create a supportive environment where students are welcome to explore new ideas and test them through application to current events.

Courses Offered

In Years 7-10 (Stage 4 and 5) all students complete Mandatory Geography.

In Years 9-10 (Stage 5) we offer THREE elective courses:

  • Commerce
  • Geography (eg Political Geography, Oceanography as examples)
  • International Studies

In Year 10 (Stage 5) we offer ONE accelerated course:

We offer selected gifted students the opportunity to accelerate their learning in Business Studies. Students in Year 9 can apply for a position in this course. The selected students will start the Year 11 Preliminary course in Year 10 and complete the HSC course in Year 11.

In Years 11-12 (Stage 6) we offer THREE elective courses:

  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Society and Culture
  • Senior Geography

Key Excursions and Learning Opportunities:

  • Accelerated Business Studies
  • The Australian Geography Competition
  • Geography Fieldwork Excursions and Incursions
  • Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition
  • Running their own businesses (Year 9)
  • WESSSTA Student Conference Day
  • WESSSTA Year 8 Geography Trivia Challenge

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 and societies as part of the school's strong commitment to talent development opportunities. These programs play a key part of ensuring that students work alongside their classmates and with other likeminded students from across the 6 cohorts within the school.