The following subjects are offered in Creative Arts:
- History is compulsory from year 7 to 10. We also have elective strands of History for Year 9 and 10 students who love History. In Years 11 and 12 Ancient and Modern History are both very popular subjects at CTHS. Year 12 students may also choose Extension History.
- Geography is compulsory from Year 7 to 10. We also have elective courses for Year 9 and 10 students who love Geography. In Years 11 and 12 students may study Geography as an HSC subject.
- Commerce is introduced in Years 9 and 10. Students may choose from a number of courses. In the senior school Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies are popular choices for our students.
Students undertaking HSIE HSC courses at CTHS consistently achieve outstanding results. The number of students achieving “Band 6” and “Band 5” results is well above the NSW average each year. In addition, CTHS students have achieved a place in the top 10 students in NSW in at least one HSIE subject for the last 10 years.
Stage 4 History
In Years 7 and 8, we travel through the Ancient and Medieval worlds. Become an Egyptian king, a Greek hoplite, a medieval knight or a Japanese samurai. Then you complete a study of the devastating effects of colonization on the Aztecs of Central America. Finish with an indepth investigation into the realm of the “vicious Vikings”. Along the way you will develop your skills as a historian searching for clues to solve the mysteries!!!
Stage 4 Geography
Year 7 Geography introduces students to geographical concepts through the study unit “Investigating Our World” where they learn about the interaction of human and physical elements in a global context. Students learn important geographical skills such as mapping and latitude and longitude. They then undertake a case study of Deserts as an example of a Global Environment.
Year 8 Geography sees students further develop their geographical skills through the study of global issues such as access to fresh water and global inequalities. We also study Mountains as a Global Environment.
Stage 5 History
In Year 9 and 10, you will trace the growth of Australia in the 20th Century. Special focus is given to Australia’s foreign relations as well as its social and cultural development. You will celebrate the opening of the /Sydney Harbour Bridge, cheer on Donald Bradman as he scores another century, be with Gough Whitlam as he is sacked as Prime Minister and relive the Rock ’n’ Roll decade. These are only a few of the exciting experiences you will venture through.
In Stage 5 we also offer a number of elective history courses:
- History’s Mysteries
- The World Since 1945
- Technology of Warfare
- CSI in the Ancient World
Stage 5 Geography
All Year 9 and 10 students must select one of the Australian Geography courses in each year. HGA Australian Geography – Our Land and People must be completed in Year 9. HGB Australian Geography – Managing the Future must be completed in Year 10.
Additional elective Geography courses may be selected if desired. These courses are “Disasters”, which looks at a range of natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and tsunamis, and “War, Whales, Wealth and Women” which studies significant world issues such as poverty, population growth, use of oceans, and political tension.
The study of Geography develops a wide range of skills such as gathering, organising, evaluating and communicating geographical information from a variety of primary and secondary sources, including fieldwork.
The study of Geography also provides opportunities for students to use a wide range of geographical tools including information and communication technologies (ICT). Students will be better able to demonstrate achievement of syllabus outcomes if they can use ICT effectively.
Stage 5 Commerce
CTHS offers six Commerce courses:
- Dollarsmart – Money, budgeting and consumer rights
- Towards Independence – Working, buying a car and the law
- Risk and Return – Investing (sharemarket game) and the economy
- Going Global – Globalisation and tourism
- Running a Business – Students work in groups to run their own small businesses
- People Power – Law in action and the democratic processes.
Commerce course may be studied as 100 hour or 200 hour School Certificate courses, or as one-off interest courses.
Commerce provides students with real life, “hands-on” skills that they can apply throughout their lives. Skills in managing money, budgeting, negotiating purchases or work agreements are highly beneficial for young people as they start to earn an income. In addition, a greater sense of the rights and responsibilities in our democracy allows students to feel more connected to the society in which they live. A focus on current issues makes Commerce topical and relevant and prepares students well for the study of HSIE subjects in the senior school.
Stage 6 Ancient History
Ancient History involves the study of at least one of the following: Egypt, Near East, Greece and Rome in both the Preliminary and HSC courses.
The Preliminary course is structured for students to investigate:
- People, groups, events, institutions, societies and historical site from the ancient world
- Archaeological and written evidence and the methods used by historians and archaeologists.
In the HSC course, students use archaeological and written evidence to investigate Pompeii and Herculaneum, a personality from the ancient world plus an ancient society and historical period.
Stage 6 Business Studies
Business Studies encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of business and management in contexts which students will encounter in life. It offers focus areas and perspectives ranging from the planning of a small business to the broader roles of management.
Areas of study include:
- Nature of Business
- Key Business Functions
- Establishing a Business
- Developing a Business Plan
- Business Management and Change
- Financial Planning and Management
- Employment Relations
- Global Business
Business case studies are frequently used to illustrate business concepts and theory.
Stage 6 Economics
Here we study the intricacies of the Australian economy and the application of economic models to the real world.
Both the Preliminary and HSC course are designed to familiarise students with the current economic situation and explore key issues such as:
- Economics growth
- Quality of Life
- External stability
- Distribution of income
- Sustainable management of the environment
We encourage students to keep aware of the current economic environment and government policies. Students are asked to formulate opinion and offer solutions to solve complex economic problems.
Stage 6 Geography
Year 11 Geography examines both physical and human geography. Students investigate the interaction of climate, landforms, soils and vegetation in either coastal areas or river catchments using a field study. They also investigate some of the global challenges facing humanity including population issues, development and the development of a global culture. In Year 11 students also undertake the Senior Geography Project, where they research a geographical issue in which they are interested.
Year 12 Geography investigates major geographical issues relating to ecosystems, urban development and tourism. Field work is also undertaken as part of this course.
Stage 6 Legal Studies
The Preliminary course develops students’ knowledge and understanding of the nature and functions of law and law-making, the development of Australian and international legal systems, the Australian constitution and the role of the individual. This is achieved by investigating, analysing and synthesising legal information and investigating legal issues from a variety of perspectives.
The HSC course investigates the key areas of law, justice and human rights through a variety of focus studies which consider how changes in societies influence law reform.
Stage 6 Modern History
The Preliminary course is designed to provide students with opportunities to investigate individuals, groups, events, institutions, societies and ideas in a range of historical contexts, as a background for their more specialised HSC studies.
The HSC course is designed for students to investigate national and international forces for change and continuity in the 20th Century through four major studies.