Geography | History | Legal Studies | Philosophy | Business Studies

Humanities at Thornbury High School encourages and challenges students to consider their place within the world around them, assisting them to develop a greater understanding of its complexity and their role in the future. Learning areas are made up of a range of disciplines that provide a framework of skills in questioning, research, analysis, evaluation, and communication.

History and Geography, through the Humanities umbrella, are undertaken by all students in Years 7 to 9. Students of Year 9 also have the opportunity to study Crime and the Law as an elective. At Year 10, students have the opportunity to study History, Business and Civics, Philosophy, and Legal Studies, as well as all the VCE Humanities as an enhancement study.

Humanities has a strong place within the VCE at Thornbury High School, with a proud record of success. The following subjects are offered at VCE level: Accounting, Business Management, Legal Studies, Philosophy and History (20th Century and Revolutions).

Study in the Humanities equips students with essential knowledge and skills that enable them to be better able to understand and engage with the complexities of the world in which they live. The faculty offers a wide variety of incursions, excursions and camps to provide students with a greater appreciation of the world they live in and the world around them.

Highlights from 2018 include:

  • The inaugural Italy Cultural Tour, a sixteen-day overseas trip experiencing modern Italian culture and visiting historical sites of ancient times.
  • Tours to the Law Courts of Victoria for Legal Studies students.
  • Guided visits to the Old Melbourne Gaol, including role-playing of judicial cases in a mock court of law.
  • The Year 8 Medieval Day, a full-day incursion involving archery tournaments, jousting, minstrels, and a medieval feast.

Head of Department - Rick ManningHead of Humanities – Rick Manning

Rick graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma in Education, and was Head of the Commerce Faculty at Sunshine West High School prior to his arrival at Thornbury. Rick has performed numerous roles at Thornbury since his arrival in 1988, including VCE coordinator, a teaching fellow for teacher candidates from the University of Melbourne, and a leading teacher responsible for staff management.

“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” – Robert Penn Warren