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!)
Date Claimer - 27th to 29th September 2017:  HTAA National Conference in Brisbane.
QHTA is managing this event and appreciates your input.  Suggestions can be sent to qhta@qhta.com.au  A Call for Presenters document and a Sponsor/Trader document will be posted soon.

The QCAA have released the third drafts of 35 redeveloped senior syllabuses, including both Ancient History and Modern History. The links for the drafts are at https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/new-snr-assessment-te/redev-snr-syll/stage1/humanities

The QCAA has published the External Assessment Trial papers for a number of subjects, including Modern History. The paper and the report can be found at https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/new-snr-assessment-te/ext-assessment-trial/semester1-2016

The QHTA will be compiling an official response to all these publications and we would very much appreciate your feedback with as much detail as possible on both the syllabus drafts and/or the External Assessment Trial paper. This can be emailed directly to qhta@qhta.com.au

2016 QHTA 'Road Show'

Thank you to Regional Student Seminar presenters and host schools. Presenters were:

Dr Brian Hoepper
Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell, UQ
Associate Professor Tom Stevenson, UQ
Dr Caillan Davenport, UQ
Associate Professor Chris Dixon, UQ

Student Seminars were held at Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg. 

Thank you to Dr Brian Hoepper for delivering the QHTA teacher 'road show' professional development events on 'working with the 7-10 Australian Curriculum: History' at Townsville, Mackay and Bundaberg.

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Dr Brian Hoepper presenting at Whitsunday Anglican School, Mackay

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 2017 encourages young Queenslanders to better understand the Anzac legacy and share their knowledge with others.

Submissions for The Premier’s Anzac Prize 2017 closed on 5pm on Friday 16 September 2016. Eight eligible Queensland high school students in Years 8-11 (in 2016) and two teacher chaperones were selected to participate in a study tour of Gallipoli and the Western Front, where they will attend commemorative services and experience the Anzac spirit first-hand.

Congratulations to the eight students selected. See http://education.qld.gov.au/students/grants/scholarships/anzac/2017.html


Students in years 7 to 12 from Queensland and Northern Territory Schools were 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) for the 2016 QHTA Historical Writing Competition. The topic could relate to any historical period. The hypothesis or question to which the piece of writing was 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 the 2016 winners whose names are published 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 2016 is 'Triumph or Tragedy'. Closing date was 26 August 2016. Congratulations to 2016 competition winners listed at http://www.qhta.com.au/competitions.htm

More information at http://historychallenge.org.au


Australian History Competition - Congratulations to the Year 7-10 National and State Champions in the 2016 Australian History Competition listed at http://www.qhta.com.au/competitions.htm 

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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 

9 March 2017 - QHTA Annual General Meeting, R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum, University of Queensland at 4.30pm


During four decades, Dr Hamilton (Russell) Cowie (1931-2015) was the most influential force in history education in Queensland. His impact was multi-faceted. He was a brilliant and innovative teacher at both secondary and tertiary levels, led the development of inquiry-based syllabuses, pioneered a new era in history textbooks, helped found the state and national history teacher associations, and presented countless lectures and workshops at conferences. Known affectionately to all as ‘Russ’, he was a towering and legendary figure in teacher education, admired by the legions of university students whom he nurtured into their professional lives.

Russ was the inaugural patron and life member of the Queensland History Teachers’ Association. He was promoted to Associate Professor by the University of Queensland and in 2013 was honoured by the nation with the Medal of the Order of Australia.

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 Australia’s wartime and peacekeeping history. The History Teachers’ 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
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Simpson Prize 2016 - Megghann Thomas (Queensland Runner-Up), Hon. Teresa Gambaro, Federal Member for Brisbane and Hilary Briggs (Queensland Winner), in Canberra for presentation.
The Simpson Prize 2016 National Winners, Runners-Up and Gallipoli Chaperones with the Officers of the Royal Military College, Duntroon and Mr Paul Foley, Chairman of the Simpson Prize Competition.
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2016 Queensland Premier's Young Historian, and Year 10 State and National prize winner in the National History Challenge, Carolyn Farago, Brisbane State High School with Principal, Brisbane State High School.
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