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Social Sciences

Amnesty International Freedom Challenge


The Social Sciences learning area is about how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens. Through the Social Sciences, students develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to: better understand, participate in, and contribute to the local, national, and global communities in which they live and work; engage critically with societal issues; and evaluate the sustainability of alternative social, economic, political, and environmental practices.

Courses on offer

Year 13: History, Sociology, Tourism
Year 12: History, Senior Social Studies, Tourism
Year 11: Studies of Society (Students sit Achievement Standards from Level 1 History and Senior Social Studies
Year 10: This course covers New Zealand Curriculum Level 5 achievement objectives with a key focus on 'Identity, Culture and Organisation' and ' Continuity and Change'
Year 9:   This course covers New Zealand Cirriculum Level 4 achievement objectives with a key focus on 'Place and Environment' and Continuity and Change'.

Course Structure


Course Structure

The Horowhenua College Social Science Faculty has a number of extra-curricular activities on offer:

  • Shoebox for Christmas
  • Amnesty International Freedom Challenge
  • Field trips in Tourism
  • Social Justice Action Group
  • Model United Nations


Kathy Grey - Head of Social Sciences Faculty
David Tate - Teacher in charge of History and Year 9 Social Studies
Louise Mattheus - Teacher
Vicky Wilton - Teacher in Charge of Year 10 Social Studies
Julie Bolton - Teacher
Tracie Pile - Teacher
Jennifer Brodie - Teacher