The humanities faculty is a welcoming, enthusiastic and collaborative team. As a team we are passionate about providing students with opportunities to fulfil their potential and fully engage in their learning; student success is at the heart of all that we do.
“The calling of the humanities is to make us truly human in the best sense of the word.”
– J Irwin Miller
We believe that an understanding of the humanities subjects is of central importance in enabling students to understand, think critically and positively shape the world around them.
We do not believe there is an ideal ‘identikit’ humanities student, but instead promote a can-do ethos and encourage all students to enjoy and succeed across humanities. We are committed to fostering a positive attitude towards humanities by presenting them as exciting, dynamic and relevant subjects.
What are our goals?
We aim to make learning fun and meaningful. Our goal is to encourage critical, empathetic and imaginative thinking in our students, a combination that will serve them far beyond their school years. We aim to do this by teaching students to:
- acquire a broad range of knowledge and understanding across key themes and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own
- collect their own data and evaluate critically the significance and utility of a large body of material
- engage directly with questions, presenting independent opinions about them in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organised and effectively supported by relevant evidence
- gain the confidence to undertake self-directed learning, making the most effective use of time and resources, and increasingly defining one’s own questions and goals