Social Sciences

Maclean High School Social Sciences Faculty

Social Sciences is a key learning area in the secondary curriculum which covers subjects such as Geography, Commerce, Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies. The faculty includes one Head Teacher and four classroom teachers. Each member of the Social Sciences staff has diverse skills and specialist teaching areas.

The curriculum requires that students study Geography from Year 7-10.

Students may choose an elective in Year 9-10: the Social Sciences faculty offers Commerce.

In Years 11-12 students are able to choose from subjects such as Geography, Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies.


Excursions are a major part of the Social Sciences Curriculum. Students are given the opportunity to participate in faculty organised excursions from Years 7-12.  Students may participate in excursions to the Iluka rainforest, Shannon Creek Dam, Clarence River estuary, Angourie and Red Cliff coastal dunes and Central Australia. In Commerce, Business Studies and Legal Studies excursions are organised to venues such as the Maclean Court House, Maclean businesses in River Street and other businesses outside the Clarence Valley.

As part of mandatory field work hours students must complete, some excursions are compulsory, particularly if a student chooses to study Geography in Years 11 and 12.


FW                      MULTI

            Field work on the Clarence River.

Multi location sign: Giving distance and direction of towns and cities from Mt Isa.

 Excursion Information:

  • All excursions organised through the faculty are applicable to the curriculum.
  • All excursions require parental permission and medical details.
  • Excursion notes, as well as excursion money, must be handed to the Front Office at least two days before the excursion date.
  • In the event of inclement weather, the organising teacher will make a decision as to whether the excursion will still go ahead. Excursions can be postponed on the morning of the activity. To check for cancellations, students are advised to visit the school website or tune into 2GF. In the event of rain and the cancellation of an excursion, students must attend school as normal on their regular timetables. If an excursion is cancelled, students are able to obtain a refund from the Front Office.


   Angourie Tombolo: Coastal study excursion Years 10-12.


Common Assessment Tasks

One of the key goals the Social Sciences Faculty has worked towards is the establishment of common assessment tasks from Years 7-10 in Geography and Commerce. This means that every student in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will have the opportunity to complete the same assessment task, which will be marked using the same marking criteria. We believe this gives every student the opportunity to complete a task that everyone else is doing and to be marked accordingly. Common Assessment tasks give the Social Sciences staff a fairer indication of how each student performs during the year; this also assists with student reports and class placement.  In addition to common tasks, students are also assessed on specific tasks set by their teacher. Please see  2015 schedule.

For further information regarding Social Sciences please contact Ms Liza Hamilton, Head Teacher, Social Sciences at Maclean High School.