Queensland History Teachers Association

PO Box 1029 New Farm, QLD 4005 
Ph. (07) 3254 3342 Fax: (07) 3252 5689 
Email: qhta@qhta.com.au 
ABN: 77 270 249 802 
   
 
Queensland History Teachers' Association
            
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Welcome to The Qld History Teachers' Association

We are a voluntary organisation with an executive membership of Primary and Secondary History Teachers, Academics and Educationalists.

Our aim is to foster an interest in History and the teaching of History, but especially to support and assist History teachers in Queensland.

Our website provides information on the available competitions for students and teachers, as well as available professional development, resources and upcoming events.

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We also have a Google Discussion Group you may like to join. This is one way to ask questions or share resources with other History teachers.  Just join Google Groups and look for QHTA Discussion Group and ask to join.  You will need a gmail address to join but these are free and give you 10 Gig of storage (more than some school emails!)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Friends of Antiquity 'Ancient History Day 2016'

Plague, Filth and Garbage in the Ancient World

Saturday, 16th April 2016, University of Queensland. 9:00am-4:30pm

Presentations of 45 minutes each by: Emeritus Professor Trevor Bryce 'Plagues and Diseases in the Ancient Near East: Causes, Consequences and Cures'; Emeritus Professor Bob Milns 'Thucydides and the Plague at Athens'; Professor Alastair Blanshard 'Pollution in the Greek World'; Dr Brad McCall 'Concepts of Disease and Public Health in ancient Greece and Rome'; Dr Janette McWilliam 'Pollution and Disease in Ancient Rome'; Ms Pam Rushby 'When the Black Death came to Brisbane'.

Registration form and more details available at http://www.friendsofantiquity.org.au/index.php?id=1&event_id=183

COMPETITIONS

The Queensland Government recognises that Anzac Day is owned by all Australians and the tradition of respecting the sacrifice of our forefathers must be passed down through the coming generations. The Premier's Anzac Prize 2016 encourages young Queenslanders to better understand the Anzac legacy and share their knowledge with others.

The Premier's Anzac Prize 2016 is open to eligible Queensland high school students in Years 8-11 (in 2015) and will provide eight Queensland high school students and two teacher chaperones the opportunity to experience the Anzac tradition first-hand. Winners will witness the Anzac Day centenary commemorations at Gallipoli and travel to the Western Front battlefields in France and Belgium, over two weeks in April and May 2016.

Applications closed at 5pm on Friday, 16th October 2015 for chaperones and Friday, 30th October 2015 for students. Further information including the application pack, criteria, eligibility conditions and tips on applying can be found at http://education.qld.gov.au/students/grants/scholarships/anzac/index.html

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Students in years 7 to 12 from Queensland and Northern Territory Schools are invited to submit an essay or written response of some other appropriate genre (a report, diary entries, newspaper article, play, script etc) or a multi-modal response (11 and 12 only). The topic may relate to any historical period. The hypothesis or question to which the piece of writing is intended to respond must be clearly stated and must be historical in the sense that it addresses an issue concerned with causes or consequences or change of continuity in human affairs in an identified time period. It must also have been formulated as in response to close analysis of a range of historical sources.

The entry may relate to a topic studied during the student's history studies at school and must be the original work of the student, in that the student has not received more assistance than is usually given during the researching and writing of text submitted for assessment.

Congratulations to 2015 competition winners listed at http://www.qhta.com.au/competitions.htm

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The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. The theme for 2015 is 'Leadership and Legacy'.

Closing date was 21 August 2015. More information at http://historychallenge.org.au

Congratulations to 2015 competition winners listed at http://www.qhta.com.au/competitions.htm

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Australian History Competition - Congratulations to the Year 8 and 10 State Champions in the 2015 Australian History Competition listed at http://www.qhta.com.au/competitions.htm

Details on the 2016 Australian History Competition can be found at http://australianhistorycompetition.com.au/  

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The 2017 Simpson Prize question is: "The experience of Australian soldiers on the Western Front in 1916 has been largely overlooked in accounts of World War One. To what extent would you argue that battles such as Fromelles and Pozieres should feature more prominently in accounts of World War One?" and requires students to respond to the question using a minimum of three of the sources from the 2017 Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection at https://www.awm.gov.au/education/simpson-prize/and their own research. ENTRIES CLOSE 11 NOVEMBER 2016. The winners from each State and Territory will travel together to Gallipoli for the Anzac Day Service in April 2017. For further details go to http://www.simpsonprize.org  

            
WHAT'S ON
25 June 2016 - QHTA State Conference, Brisbane Girls Grammar School
QHTA STUDENT SEMINARS

Brisbane Modern History Student Seminar, Somerville House - Thursday, 3 March 2016. 9:00am - 11.20am.

Nazism - Lessons from a dark past. Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell.

Terrorism. Dr Brian Hoepper.

This is the first of a number of Modern and Ancient History Student Seminars being organised around Queensland by QHTA. Seminars often book out so you are advised to book early.

HTAA RESOURCES
HTAA Australian Curriculum History Units, a unique resource to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: History has just been launched at http://www.achistoryunits.edu.au
The Curriculum Sharing Project was designed to provide a platform for teachers to share with their peers curriculum units they have written and taught in the classroom on Australiaís wartime and peacekeeping history. The History Teachersí Association of Australia administered the project and selected curriculum units aligned to the Australian Curriculum: History and/or State and Territory curricula. Successful units have been uploaded on the Anzac Portal as a resource for teachers during the Anzac Centenary period 2014-2018 and beyond at http://www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au/teachers/curriculum
QHTA PUBLICATIONS
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2015 Premier's Anzac Prize winners' overseas journey
Follow the 70 winners of the 2015 Premierís Anzac Prize as they experience the Anzac Day Centenary commemoration in Gallipoli and visit the Western Front battlefields. Over the course of their journey, from 22 April to 6 May, the secondary students will deepen their understanding of the Anzac legacy to share their knowledge and experiences with others. View the stories of commemorated service people, photographs, videos and journals from the trip at http://education.qld.gov.au/students/grants/scholarships/anzac/2015.html
At the beginning of Term 2, Year 11 student, Callum Young, and History teacher, Ms. Harman, represented Caboolture State High School and Queensland as part of the 2015 Premierís ANZAC Prize trip to Turkey, France and Belgium.
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The Premierís ANZAC Prize Competition gives Queensland secondary school students the opportunity to travel to Gallipoli and the Western Front battlefields to learn about the Anzac tradition first hand. Hundreds of students applied, with only 70 being awarded a place on the trip, along with 10 teachers. The competition required the creation of a short film on the importance of the ANZAC spirit.
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