Social Science

Classical Studies - Greek Vase Painting Jigsaws
These will assist you in creating a high degree of familiarity with the vase paintings.

Brunner Field Trip - Year 11; 2013




Brunner Mine Disaster, 26 March 1896

Please download the following e-book on the Brunner Mine Disaster. This is for your second internal standard and complements the field trip. If you have an iPhone or iPod select the iBooks format (you will need the iBooks app); otherwise select the pdf - you will lose some functionality but will basically have the same product as others.

Moodle 2013

From 2013 all senior students enrolled in a social science course will be required to use 'Moodle' in order to complete their coursework. This enables the school to offer students highly individualised learning for each and every student.

The week will be divided into 'contact' lessons and 'non-contact' lessons. During 'contact' lessons students will be taught directly and it will provide an opportunity to clarify work and seek assistance; 'non-contact' lessons will see students working independently and in smaller groups to complete the set learning tasks via the 'Moodle' platform. A timetable for 'contact' times will be made available at the first opportunity available.

What is Moodle?
Moodle (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is an open source platform supported by the Ministry. It provides students with access to learning materials written by the teacher and is accessible from any computer with an internet connection at any time, any where in the world. The site is password protected and easy to navigate once learned. Most importantly the site provides students with a safe learning environment with most of the advantages of the open internet; for example, there are wikis and chats along with formal lessons that give the learner instant feedback on their progress.

How does it work?
The following file will take both you and your student through the basics of 'moodling'.

Year 11 - Level ONE NCEA
We study a set course at level one. The course is drawn from standards across four disciplines: art history, classical studies, geography and history. This approach is designed to enable students to develop an interest within a particular discipline.

Modelling the Parthenon to assist with our understanding of its construction.
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All those columns - small and difficult - drove us crazy!

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Year 12 - Level TWO NCEA
At level two students are able to select credits worth a total of 19 - 24 credits, in consultation with the teacher, from a range of standards. This approach enables students to personalise their learning. Alternatively, students may also choose to specialise at this level. Consequently students may be working independently within the class environment.


Year 13 - Level THREE NCEA
By level three most students studying social science should be specialising in one, or more, of: Art History, Classics, Geography or History. If necessary students may wish to select credits from a range of standards to a value of 19 - 24 credits; this should be done in consultation with the teacher(s) as not all standards may be taken without previous study.