The Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) faculty covers all subjects related to the humanities and Business/Commerce.

The HSIE faculty offers the following subjects:

Year 7 and 8

  • Mandatory Geography
  • Mandatory History

Year 9 and 10

  • Mandatory Geography
  • Mandatory History
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Commerce
  • Elective Geography
  • Elective History

Year 11 and 12

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Studies of Religion


  • Year 9 Geography Fieldwork – Tamworth significant landmarks
  • Year 10 Geography Fieldwork – Peel river catchment
  • Year 12 Geography – Stockton Sand Dunes and Newcastle excursion
  • Year 12 Geography Pyrmont excursion
  • Australian Geography Competition
  • Australian History Competition
  • Year 9 History Spirit of Anzac Exhibition excursion
  • Year 9 History War Memorial WW1 Source Box presentation
  • ASX Sharemarket game
  • Essi Money game (Suncorp)
  • Year 9 Commerce Enterprise Activity – market garden
  • Year 9 Commerce Travel Agent guest speaker
  • UNSW Business Studies Competition
  • Business Studies Industry visit
  • UNSW Economics Competition
  • Year 12 Legal Studies Tamworth Court visit
  • Year 12 Legal Studies Police Liaison guest speaker
  • UNE HSC Study Day for Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies
  • Year 5 Experience Day – Orienteering course

The HSIE faculty consists of the following staff members:

Luke Maloy – Head Teacher – Total years teaching experience: 22, with 8 of these at Farrer
Previous schools: Mount Austin High School, Ariah Park Central School, Corowa High School, Albury High School
Main subjects taught: Economics, Commerce, Business Studies and Geography
Interests: travel, real estate, mountain biking, camping, reading
Favourite sporting team: Sydney Swans
Favourite movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favourite song: Hallelujah
Best holiday destinations: Cambodia, Samoa, Turkey, England, Atherton Tablelands

Josh Steel – Acting Head Teacher – Total years teaching experience: 13 years all at Farrer
Main subjects taught: History
Interests: History, sport, David Attenborough documentaries, Seinfeld
Favourite sporting team: Bulldogs
Favourite movie: The Matrix; The Warrior; Shawshank Redemption
Favourite song: Under the Bridge
Best holiday destination: North Queensland, Japan, Canada

Dan Daley – Total years teaching experience: 13 Years, with 6 of these at Farrer
Previous schools: Peel High School, James Sheahan Catholic High School Orange, McCarthy Catholic College
Main subjects taught: Legal Studies, Commerce, History and Geography
Interests: horses, polocrosse, basketball, chess, gym, PlayStation
Favourite sporting team: Bulldogs
Favourite movie: 8 seconds
Favourite song: New Sensation by INXS
Best holiday destination: Perth

David Gale – Totals years teaching experience: 22 with 3 of these at Farrer
Previous schools: Coonabarabran High School, St Lawrence’s Central School, Gunnedah High School
Main subjects taught: Geography, History, Business Studies and Legal Studies
Interests: any sport
Favourite sporting team: Parramatta Eels
Favourite movie: The Natural
Favourite song: Any Australian Rock
Best holiday destination: Europe

James Harvey – Total years teaching experience: 5 years with 2 of these at Farrer
Previous schools: Redfield College, Kuringgai Creative Arts High School, Pennant Hills High School
Main subjects taught: Business Studies, Legal studies, Commerce, History and Geography
Interests: All Sports, gardening
Favourite sporting team: Melbourne Storm/Waratahs
Favourite movie: Unforgiven
Favourite song: You can put your shoes under my Bed by Paul Kelly
Best holiday destination: Port Douglas

Dave Olrich – Total years teaching experience: 17 years all at Farrer
Main subjects taught: Geography, History and Business Studies
Interests: Cricket, St George Illawarra Dragons, live music
Favourite sporting team: St George Illawarra Dragons
Favourite movie: Pulp Fiction
Favourite songs: Anything by Pearl Jam, You Am I and Oasis
Best holiday destination: Walcha

Ryan Saban – Total years teaching experience: 6, this being the first at Farrer
Previous schools: Carinya Christian School and Oxley High School
Main subjects taught: English, Geography and History.
Interests: All sports, music, motor bikes, Seinfeld
Favourite sporting team: Liverpool FC
Favourite movie: The Last Samurai
Favourite songs: Forever by Ben Harper, Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Sweet Child of Mine by Guns and Roses
Best holiday destination: Hawaii ​

Jacob Shaw – Total years teaching experience: 3 years, 2018 being my first year at Farrer
Previous School: Parry SSP
Main subjects taught: Business Studies, Commerce, History, and Geography.
Interests: Sport, traveling, horse racing.
Favourite sporting team: Newcastle Knights
Favourite movies: Gladiator & The Dark Knight
Favourite song: Numb by Linkin Park
Best holiday destination: Cambodia