Social Sciences

Head of Department - Kate Baird

Assistant HODs - Vanessa Fox and Anna Peszynski

Other staff - Sarah Jane Clifford, Laura Spencer, Brigid Gilmore, Jon Screech, Anne Davie, Ruth Gilmore and Tim Baxter

Welcome to the Social Sciences Department!

The aim of the Social Sciences Department is to inform students about the world in which they live.  As teachers our aim is to help our students become informed, critical, active and responsible citizens.

Through the various subjects we offer we focus on investigating the past, present and future.  We study issues relating to New Zealand and the World.

Students are able to examine different perspectives, values and viewpoints and clarify their own opinions.

The subjects we offer include:
Junior Social Studies, Junior Option History, Senior History, Geography, Classical Studies, History of Art, and Sustainable Societies and Futures.

Social Science classes are offered at all year levels.  We offer interesting and varied assessment tasks and focus on improving historical and geographical skills, as well as ethical and meaningful research and report writing.

Students take part in field work, have visiting guest speakers and incorporate the use of digital technology in to their work.

As a department we are proud of the work we do and of the results gained by the students.  We try to bring the past alive in a relevant way and prepare the students for the future.

This week ...

Monday 22 May

8.45am - Yr 12 SUS Trip
8.45am - Civil Defence Training Day
5.00pm - Kapa Haka in PAC

Tuesday 23 May

10.15am - School Singing Practice

Wednesday 24 May

11.00am - Swimming Sports - all Yr 11, 12 & 13
3.30pm - Maori Achieve in A1
5.00pm - Kapa Haka
7.00pm - Board of Trustees Meeting in Staffroom

Thursday 25 May

8.45am - Yr 13 SUS trip
8.45am - Yr 11 Life Skills Plunket Course in F1
11.00am - Secondary Schools Barber Shop Competition
3.30pm - Study/Homework Club in Library
3.30pm - Big Sister Programme in A2
5.30pm - Poly Group Practice in PAC

Friday 26 May

8.45am - Health Open Day Massey University
8.45am - Yr 13 PED - SS Tough Guy & Tough Gal Challenge
1.30pm - NZ School of Travel & Tourism Visit in F1
7.00pm - Noho Marae Stokes Valley
- Newsletter published today

Saturday 27 May

- Noho Marae Stokes Valley

Sunday 28 May

11.00am - Noho Marae finishes

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