Engaging in the World

In Humanities throughout Year 7 to Year 10 at Loreto College, students explore four main strands:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Economics

We aim to engage students in both the contemporary world and on past events that have shaped the world that they live in. We develop the girls’ critical thinking skills so they can confidently move within all aspects of society, whether this be in career, business, politics, outdoors or in any profession and country they choose. The Humanities curriculum is complemented by excursions, guest speakers and extension opportunities across all year levels.

Some of these opportunities include:

Year 7

  • Excursion to White Swan Reservoir (Geography studies)

Year 8

  • Excursion to Kryal Castle (Medieval History studies)
  • Guest speakers and representatives from the Ballarat Council and other government departments

Year 9

  • Guest speakers from The History Teachers Association of Victoria and the RSL (World War One studies)

Year 10

  • Excursion to Ballarat Magistrate’s Court
  • Various guest speakers to complement studies in Commerce, Legal Studies and Sociology
  • Sessions with the United Nations Youth Australia


  • Excursion to the Country and Supreme Courts in Melbourne
  • Excursion to Loddon Prison
  • Excursion to Price Water House Coopers in Melbourne
  • Excursion to Ballarat Freemasons and the Ballarat East Community Men’s Shed
  • Various guest speakers to complement student’s studies in Accounting, Legal Studies, Business Management, History: Revolutions, Global Politics and Sociology

Extension Opportunities for all students across all year levels include:

  • Australian History Competition
  • Australian Geography Competition
  • The Simpson Prize
  • The ANZAC Prize

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