John Edmondson High School

Virtus et Integritas

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Social Science

Aboriginal Studies

Aboriginal Studies helps students to think critically about the experiences of Aboriginal people throughout time. Students will develop a keen understanding and appreciation of the concepts of social justice and shared histories. Aboriginal history and culture are fundamental to the development of Australian identity. Aboriginal Studies acknowledges the contribution of Aboriginal cultures and communities to Australian society.

Business Services

This industry curriculum framework course is accredited for the HSC and provides students with the opportunity to obtain nationally recognised vocational qualifications. This is known as dual accreditation.

Skills gained in this course transfer to other occupations. Working in the business services industry involves customer service, teamwork, organising informatin andrecords in both paper and electronic forms, creating documents and using technologies. Students must complete a nimimun of 70 hours mandtory work placement.

Business Studies

Business activity is a feature of everyone's life. As consumers and producers, employees, employers or self-employed, savers and investors, and as importers and exporters, people throughout the world engage in a web of business activities to design, produce, market, deliver and support a range of goods and services.


Money makes the world go around! Learn how to make money work for you!

In commerce, students will learn how to make money, save money and spend money. Students will be provided with skills to make wise choices, get the best deals when shopping, manage finances, understand how banking works around the world.

Students can choose to learn about investing, marketing, setting up and running a business etc.


The study of economics can help individuals, groups and societies make choices that assist them to improve quality of life.

The course focuses on aspects of the economic behaviour of consumers, business and governments. Students learn about the two key markets, the labour market, and the financial market, as well as the external framework in which the Australian economy operates and the global economy.


Students study a number of introductory topics that examine the nature of geography and the world around us. Focusing on the relationship between the human and physical elements of the environment, students study the major types of global environments including ecosystems and communities. These units will further develop the students’ understanding of the relationships between human and physical elements of the environment, as well as the specific geographical skills involved in reading maps that represent our world.

International Studies

This course targets those students who are fascinated by the world and the various cultures, traditions, sports, beliefs and foods.


Studying a second language helps improve literacy skills. It also promotes the development of cross-cultural understanding, diversity, respect, and acceptance. Students become more aware of the problems faced by those around them with language difficulties

By studying Japanese students will be improving their future job prospects. In any job where you need to talk to people, being able to speak another language is an advantage.

Legal Studies

Designed to foster critical thinking about the role of law and legal institutions in society. This is achieved through a review of selected legal rules, institutions and processes at the domestic and international level, a demystification of terminology and a focus on change, effectiveness, dispute resolution, and justice.

Studies of Religion

Religion has been and is an integral part of human experience and a component of every culture. An appreciation of society is enhanced by an understanding of religion, its influence on human behaviour and interaction within culture. The Studies of Religion syllabus acknowledges religion as a distinctive answer to the human need for meaning in life.

Studies of Religion emphasises the development of skills of analysis, independent research, collaboration and effective communication. These skills empower students to become critically reflective life-long learners.