MBCC has a strong history of excellence in the Humanities both in and out of the classroom.
At ATAR level, Geography students score well above the State average and have regularly made the WACE Top 10 list in Geography, 2015 being the most recent time. One past student also topped the State in Geography and was in 2015 named WA’s Young Doctor of the Year. Many others have gone onto careers where their Geography studies have served them well. History is also a strength with a strong collaboration with Great Southern schools.
Excursions are an important part of education and provide rich learning experiences. In Year 7, students travel to Rottnest Island to study water in the world as well as place and liveability. Year 8 students go to Camp Quaranup and study coastal environments. In Year 9 and 10 students travel to Canberra and Sydney to be a part of the democratic process in our nation’s capital. Year 9 students also visit the forts in Albany to reflect on Australia’s involvement in conflict at home and abroad.
Year 11 Geography students have the opportunity to travel to Bali each year to study earthquakes, tropical diseases, bamboo production and architecture. They spend a few days working with the East Bali Poverty Project teaching in a school, delivering lessons that they have organised. They also fundraise to provide education, health and sport resources for EBPP and a local orphanage. Students work closely with the local community and are well supported by Bendigo Bank Mt Barker, The Rotary Club as well as the wider Mt Barker Community. A unique opportunity for all those involved.
Year 12 Geography students travel to Perth to study urban challenges and climate change which gives them a rich experience for their ATAR exams. Students work with city officials as well as community members in selected suburbs, at the same time becoming experts on Perth’s public transport (helpful in future years).
In all, the Humanities and Social Sciences provide students with numerous opportunities for learning in and out the College context, in the hope of creating socially responsible and critically thinking members of society.
In terms of Western Australian Curriculum students study:
Year 7 – Water in the world, place and livability, the ancient world, civics and citizenship, economics
Year 8 – Landscapes and land uses, changing nations, medieval world, black death, civics and citizenship, economics
Year 9 – Biomes, interconnections, Industrial Revolution, World War 1, civics and citizenship, economics
Year 10 – Environmental change, human wellbeing, World War 2, civil rights, civics and citizenship, economics
Year 11 Geography – Natural hazards, tropical diseases, bamboo production, architecture
Year 12 Geography – Urban Challenges in Perth and Tokyo, land cover change and climate change
Curriculum Leader Humanities and Social Sciences – Callum Gribble