Social Sciences


Accounting is the study of the processes of translating financial transaction data into information to assist decision-makers to make relevant, accurate and timely decisions.  Areas covered in this course include the concepts of accounting, processing of accounting transactions, and the preparation and analysis of financial statements for businesses, individuals and community groups.

Classical Studies

Classical Studies is a ‘multi-disciplinary’ subject that focuses on Ancient Greek and Roman Civilisation. We study aspects of History (Alexander the Great), Literature (The Aeneid and Roman version of the myth behind the Trojan war) and Art (Roman Art and Architecture). The reasons for studying Classics are:

  • The historical importance of classical civilisation in the cultural traditions of the ancient world is an important part of contemporary New Zealand culture. In classical Greece and Rome are to be found the origins of much of our art, science, literature, law, philosophy,   politics  and religion.
  • The ancient Greeks and Romans produced works of the highest quality, intellect and creative imagination. Learning about their world enriches your understanding of your world.


In this subject, students learn about producer and consumer choices, interactions between households and firms, how economic decisions are made, and the effects these choices have on individuals and the economy. Students will be introduced to the way producers work and the concept of a market which determines prices and allocates scarce resources. We are all involved in economics as producers or consumers and this course provides an understanding of our different roles in this process.


Geography stimulates a sense of wonder about the world, inspires students to help shape a better future and equips students with skills for the future.

Geography students are able to make sense of a complex and changing world and their place in it. Students have the opportunity to: build on and expand their personal experiences of natural and cultural environments; explore real and relevant contemporary situations; think about the ways features are arranged on the earth’s surface; examine processes that shape our world; undertake fieldwork investigations in different locations outside the classroom; develop an awareness of the connections between people and places; consider responsible action in relation to geographic issues.


In this subject, you will be studying events in the twentieth century that have been significant for New Zealanders. The main topics studied will be The Origins of World War II, the Depression of the 1930s and Black Civil Rights in the USA. You will learn how to undertake a research investigation, communicate information in a variety of ways and the causes and consequences of events. You will also learn how to use a wide range of sources.


Tourism is offered as a 2 year programme of study in Year 12 and 13. This subject earns NCEA credits. It prepares students for opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector (approx. 10% of all jobs). It also prepares students for entry to a tertiary Tourism school if they are seeking a diploma or degree which will enable them to enter this industry at a higher level.

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