Social Sciences


The Social Sciences Learning Team aims to meet the needs of all students at Mairehau High School by providing an engaging and relevant curriculum for 21st century learners.

Social Studies is a compulsory subject at Year 9 and 10. Students have Social Studies lessons three times a week.


As a Learning Area we focus on ensuring that students are engaged in their learning through by ensuring that they are learning concepts that are relevant to their lives as young people in Aotearoa New Zealand, and that encourage students to belong and participate positively in their local, national and international communities.

Unuhia te rito o te harakeke kei whea te kōmako e kō?
Whakatairangitia – rere ki uta, rere ki tai;
Ui mai koe ki ahau he aha te mea nui o te ao,
Māku e kī atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

Remove the heart of the flax bush and where will the kōmako sing?
Proclaim it to the land, proclaim it to the sea;
Ask me, 'What is the greatest thing in the world?'
I will reply, 'It is people, people, people!'

Social Sciences and NCEA

When students begin NCEA Level 1 the Social Sciences breaks into the separate discipline that students can select as part of their Level 1 program. These include History, Geography and Media Studies at Level 1 and go on to include the options of Classical Studies and Tourism at Level 2.

Each Senior Social Science course aims to offer between 18-24 credits. Many of which contribute towards students NCEA and UE literacy credits. Some Geography and Tourism standards can also contribute towards a student’s Numeracy credits.

To gain a subject endorsement in a senior Social Sciences course, a student must gain at least 14 credits at either Merit or Excellence, four of which must be gained through Merit or Excellence achievement in an external standard.


Social Sciences Staff

Kimberley Walker

Learning Team Leader


Abby Fulton

Social Studies


Alice Wackwitz

Geography, Social Studies


Amelia Gilmore

Social Studies


Ben MacDonald

Social Studies


Chris Hall

History, Classics


Biljana Petrovic



Hannah Robinson

Media Studies


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