Queensland History Teachers Association

PO Box 1029 New Farm, QLD 4005 
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Email: qhta@qhta.com.au 
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The Premier's Anzac Prize 2014
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 The Premier's Anzac Prize gives 50 Queensland high school students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Anzac tradition firsthand. Delegations of five Queensland high school students will tour Gallipoli and the Western Front in 2013 and 2014, culminating in a major delegation of 40 students to attend 2015 Centenary commemorations. The prize includes study tour expenses including travel, insurance, accommodation, meals and allowances. The Premier's Anzac Prize is open to all eligible Year 8-12 Queensland high school students. For more information go to http://education.qld.gov.au/students/grants/scholarship/anzac/index.html

Premier's Anzac Prize 2014 winners announced
Congratulations to the five winners of the 2014 Premier's Anzac Prize. The students from Clayfield College, St Andrew's Catholic College Redlynch Valley, Pimlico State High School, Tannum Sands State High School and Northpine Christian College entered inspiring multimedia submissions on the Anzac tradition to win a tour to Gallipoli and the Western front in 2014.

The winners are:
Elizabeth Gardner: Year 9, Clayfield College
Jamal Hammett-Ryan: Year 11, St Andrew's Catholic College, Redlynch Valley
Pyu San Min: Year 10, Pimlico State High School
Mackenzie Plath: Year 10, Tannum Sands State High School
Tiffanie Turnbull: Year 10, Northpine Christian College

Congratulations to the first five Queensland student recipients in The Premier's Anzac Prize 2013. These students won a trip to Gallipoli and the Western Front in April 2013 for their inspiring multimedia submissions. They were challenged with the task of portraying how the Anzac tradition shaped our nation, why the tradition is still important and how future generations will continue to keep it alive.

Premier Campbell Newman, with Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek, announced the competiton winners in December 2012. They are:
Elijah Douglas, Year 10 - Doomadgee State School
Jack Graham, Year 9 - Noosa District State High School
Emma Kearney, Year 11 - St Andrew's Catholic College, Cairns
Kristina Madden, Year 9 - Christian Outreach College, Toowmoomba
Kyle Walsh, Year 9 - Kirwin State High School, Townsville
2014 Young Historians' Workshop

Teachers are invited to submit the name of one student from their Year 11 or 12 Ancient History or Modern History classes to attend the Young Historians’ Workshop to be held at the State Library of Queensland from 8-9 May 2014.

Only ten students will be chosen and, of these, preference will be given to two students from rural or remote areas who meet the criteria. These two students will have travel costs supplemented to the value of $600 each and will be billeted in Brisbane. Country students must be willing to be billeted or be willing to fund any alternative arrangements.

State Library staff will work with students to investigate a historical issue of their choice and to develop a wide range of research skills. Students who seek to use State Library’s unique collection of Queensland heritage material will be considered favourably.

Students will be selected using the following criteria:

·         Student is currently achieving an “A” grade in assessment

·         Student has already demonstrated high level research skills

·         Student has clearly indicated an interest in continuing history studies in the future

·         Student is capable of sharing experiences of the workshop with fellow students and others

Comprehensive details of the workshop will be provided to the selected participants.

Enquiries about the workshop can be directed to qhta@qhta.com.au in the first instance and learning@slq.qld.gov.au after participants have been selected.

Applications close on Friday 21 March 2014

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to attend the Young Historians' Workshop at the State Library of Queensland on 8-9 May 2014: James Francis, Anglican Church Grammar School; Agie Pratt, Bray Park SHS; Elly Rienks, Cavendish Road SHS; Cyna Johnson, Longreach SHS; Grainne McAlernon, Mt St Michael's College; Laura Booth, Somerville House; Georgia Robertson, Toolooa SHS; Phillida Hayes, Toowoomba SHS; Julia Gorst, West Moreton Anglican College; Nicole Lakeman, Wynnum SHS 
2013 Young Historians' Workshop winners
Congratulations to the 10 Queensland senior history students selected to participate in the Young Historians' Workshop held at the State Library of Queensland on 29-30 April 2013.
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Lochlan Whitton, Chancellor State College (Ancient and Modern History) - The impact of Genghis Khan, particularly on the Mongol region
Rabecca Kripal, Craigslea SHS (Modern History) - Soviet-America relations during the Cold War, in particular the impact of Mikhail Gorbachev’s rise to power
Mitchell Locke, Ryan Catholic College, Townsville (Modern History) - WW2: Nazi propaganda during their regime, in particular Hitler’s rise to power and influence over the German people
Tyla Cascaes, Cavendish Road SHS (Ancient and Modern History) -The balance between religion and power in the Ancient world, particularly Emperor Augustus’ manipulation of Emperor Worship
Jack Bagshaw, Clairvaux MacKillip College (Ancient and Modern History) - WW2: Nazi persecution of the Jews Ancient Egyptian religion
Emily Robertson, Bremer SHS (Ancient History) - The effects of Spartan and Athenian governments on the position of women in Ancient Greece
Haidee Arnold, Isis District SHS, Childers (Modern History) - WW2: persecution of the Jews
Jak Hardy, Mountain Creek SHS (Modern History) - Historical interaction between Israel and China and the Early Church in China before the Constantine, from the beginnings of civilisation to today and where it may head in the future
Jess Vandersande, Boonah SHS (Modern History) - Gender issues: feminism and the struggle for equality; in particular, the similarities between the Gay Rights movement and women’s equality struggles
Sharnia Colledge, Ipswich SHS (Ancient and Modern History) - WW2: the effects of the scientific and medical discoveries made during the Nazi campaign
2012 Young Historians' Workshop winners 
Congratulations to the 10 Queensland senior history students selected to participate in the Young Historians' Workshop held at the State Library of Queensland on 30 April and 1 May 2012.
Jessica Antinopoulos - Ipswich State High School
Stephanie Barber - Bray Park State High School
Jacob Heal - Grace Lutheran College
Caitlin Micallef - Mansfield State High School
Anita Nahuysen - Craigslea State High School
Matt Russell - Centenary State High School
Emma Shayler - Somerville House
Sarah Webb - Ryan Catholic College
Elissa Judge - Kingaroy State High School
Holly-Rose Williams - Maroochydore State High School

Below are some sample answers to the program evaluation question ‘What will you share with your teachers and fellow students when you return to school?’

I will tell them about the vast resources that are accessible at the library. I’ll recommend all students to take advantage of the databases and the catalogue for their research.

I will recommend very highly the use on online databases, the free Internet and meeting places and most certainly the online books.

I will encourage them to visit the library as the staff are very friendly and show you how to use sources other than those on the internet or in books.

I will mention the history sites on Twitter and FLickr – photo sharing – which we can use for our research journals.

Enormous variety of resources available especially on Qld history.

2014 Australian History Competition
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The Australian History Competition is prepared by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia and run in conjunction with The Giant Classroom. While a primary goal has been to provide an interesting and challenging competition for students, we also see this as an opportunity to support teachers in the implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: History. It is an opportunity to provide a quality resource that demonstrates approaches to the assessment of knowledge, skills and understandings and promotes a broad view of history.

In 2014 the competition will be offered at two levels:

·         A Year 10 competition will be broadly based on the Australian Curriculum: History for years 9&10

·         A Year 8 competition will be broadly based on the Australian Curriculum: History for years 7&8

Each competition will present 50 multiple choice questions. The questions will focus on key elements of the Australian Curriculum: History – sound historical knowledge, historical skills and historical understandings. While directed towards students who have studied history, they may be suitable for students who have studied subjects that incorporate a strong history component.

Both competitions will run on Wednesday 28 May 2014.

·           For more details go to Competition Details

·           To enter your students in the competition go to Enter Here

Key Dates for 2014

24 October 2013 - Entry/Registration opens

12 April 2014 - Entry/Registration closes

28 May 2014 - Both competitions run

Details on the 2014 Australian History Competition can be found at http://australianhistorycompetition.com.au
Congratulations to the Year 8 and 10 State Champions in the 2014 Australian History Competition announced at http://www.australianhistorycompetition.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=6&Itemid=15
2013 Australian History Competition winners
The Australian History Competition is prepared by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia and run in conjunction with The Giant Classroom. While a primary goal has been to provide an interesting and challenging competition for students, we also see this as an opportunity to support teachers in the implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: History. It is an opportunity to provide a quality resource that demonstrates approaches to the assessment of knowledge, skills and understandings and promotes a broad view of history.
 
In 2013 the Year 10 Competition ran for the third time and the Year 8 Competition ran for the second time. The following students are to be congratulated for their outstanding performance:

Year 8
Daniel Harris, Cavendish Road State High School - National Champion and Queensland State Champion

Year 10
Ethan Robinson, Prince of Peace Lutheran College - Queensland State Champion

2012 Australian History Competition winners
In 2012 the Year 10 Competition ran for the second time and the Year 8 Competition ran for the first time. The following students are to be congratulated for their outstanding performance:
Year 8
Aisling Miller, Brisbane State High School (Top mark in state)
Andy Drane, Brisbane State High School
Alex Smith, Toowooma Grammar School
Charles Geary, Toowoomba Grammar School
Year 10
Will French, St Augustines College (Top mark in state)
Jaaes Dalton, Anglican Church Grammar School
Nick Dendle, Maleny High School
Thomas Barnwell, Toowoomba Grammar School
Tristan Heiner, Toowoomba Grammar School
Simpson Prize 2015
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The History Teachers' Association of Australia (HTAA), together with HTAA State affiliates, conducts this competition for Year 9 and 10 students on behalf of the Australian Government. The focus of the competition is the Australian ANZAC tradition and students are asked to write an essay of 1200 to 1500 words, or prepare an audio-visual presentation of not more than 10 minutes accompanied by a written explanation of up to 400 words, on a given statement every year. The 2015 Simpson Prize question is: "To what extent did Australians enlist in 1914 to defend the 'Mother Country'?" The 2015 Simpson Prize Question requires students to respond to the question using a minumum of three of the sources from the 2015 Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection at http://www.awm.gov.au/simpson-prize-question-2015 and their own research. ENTRIES CLOSE 17 OCTOBER 2014

The Simpson Prize is a great opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to participate in a nationwide essay competition, giving them the chance to win an unforgettable 2 week trip to Turkey as well as a prepatory trip to Canberra. The winners from each State and Territory will travel together to Gallipoli for the Anzac Day Service in April 2015. For further details go to http://www.simpsonprize.org

Simpson Prize 2014 winners

The 2014 Queensland winner is Emily Leggett, Somerville House

The 2014 Queensland runner-up is Yasmine Steiner, The Gap State High School

Highly commended students are:
Emma Croft, Pimlico State High School, Townsville
Caitlin de Graff, Mt St. Michael's College, Ashgrove
Vrishin Desai, Brisbane Grammar School. Spring Hill
Hanna-Rosa Macri, San Sisto College, Carina
Pooja Vijayakumar, Brisbane State High School, South Brisbane
Callum Young, Caboolture State High School, Caboolture

The winners from each State and Territory will travel together to Gallipoli for the Anzac Day Service in April 2015. For further details go to http://www.simpsonprize.org

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Simpson Prize 2013 winners

The 2013 Queensland winner is Lauren Finnerty, Ryan Catholic College. Read the prize winning essay at http://www.simpsonprize.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2013_SIMPSONPRIZE_Lauren-Finnerty.pdf 

The 2013 Queensland runner-up is Nicholas Fidler, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace

The winners from each State and Territory will travel together to Gallipoli for the Anzac Day Service in April 2014. For further details go to http://www.simpsonprize.org

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Simpson Prize 2012 winners
This year's statement was: "Why has Australian commemoration of ANZAC Day increased in popularity in recent years?"*

*Students needed to support their view with reference to at least TWO different periods of Australian history.

ENTRIES CLOSED 9 DECEMBER 2011
More information at http://www.simpsonprize.org

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Congratulations to the Queensland State Winner, Taylor Joppich (Year 9), William Ross State High School
Congratulations to the Queensland runner-up, Emma Kearney (Year 10), St Andrew's Catholic College
Highly recommended entries were:
Costa Yanardasis (Year 9), Anglican Church Grammar School
Erin McDonald (Year 10), Centenary Heights State High School
Sarah Bradford (Year 9), Chancellor State College
Amarina Smith (Year 10), Heights College
Lauren Booth (Year 10), Ipswich Girls' Grammar
Jeremy On (Year 10), Mansfield State High School
Simpson Prize 2011 winners

TOPIC
"Has the ANZAC legend changed over 95 years?".
You should support your view with reference to at least 2 different periods of history
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(Responses can be either a 900 - 1200 word essay or a 15-minute audio/visual presentation for students in Years 9 and 10)

Winners and two teachers will travel to Gallipoli for the April 2011 ANZAC Day services.

ENTRIES CLOSED: 3 DECEMBER 2010

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Congratulations to the Queensland State Winner, Tanvi Karnik, Brisbane Girls' Grammar
Congratulations to the Queensland runner-up, Jack Hales, Tannum Sands State High School
2010 Gallipoli Trip Journals
2014 National History Challenge
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The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. It gives your students a chance to be an historian, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community and exploring their own roots. It emphasizes and rewards quality research, the use of community resources and effective presentation.

The theme for 2014 is 'Changing Perspectives'. Students produced entries in one of three formats: an individual research paper, a museum display, or other formats - such as a multi-media format (audio/video/website), a performance, or any other form of creative representation. Except for the individual (one person) research paper, students worked alone or in groups of up to four people.
Due Date: Friday, 29 August 2014

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

2013 National History Challenge winners (Qld)

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2013 National Young Historian - Leah Murray, Albany Creek State High School

2013 'Australian Democracy' National Winner - Leah Murray, Albany Creek State High School

2013 'The Life and Times of John Curtin' National Winner - Connor Harvey, St Andrews Catholic College

2013 'Women's History' National Winner - Emma Dorge, Albany Creek State High School

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Leah Murray (left), Connor Harvey (centre), Emma Dorge (right)

2013 Queensland Young Historian - Leah Murray, Albany Creek State High School
2013: 'Year Level 11-12' - Tayla Priebbenow, Shalom College
2013: 'Year Level 9' - Madeline Nurcombe, Cannon Hill Anglican College

2013: 'Year Level 1-6' - Julia Yamazaki, Citipointe Christian College

2013: 'Australian Democracy' - Leah Murray, Albany Creek State High School
2013: 'Women's History' - Emma Dorge, Albany Creek State High School
2013: 'Australian Wartime Experiences' - Tom Harper, Cannon Hill Anglican College
2013: 'Indigenous Australia' - Meka Larsen, Albany Creek State High School
2013: 'Museum Exhibit P-8' - Kaitlyn Audrey Yim, Citipointe Christian College
2013: 'Museum Exhibit 9-12' - Juliette Keane, Pimlico State High School
2013: 'The Life and Times of John Curtin' - Connor Harvey, St Andrew's Catholic College
2012 National History Challenge winners (Qld)
2012: Year 5/6 Prize - William McEwan, St Joseph's Nudgee College. William's essay was on Sister Elizabeth Kenny.
2012: Year Level 7/8 - Grace Sarra, St Thomas' Catholic Primary School. Grace's essay was on Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile.
2012: Year 9/10 - Leah Murray, Albany Creek State High School. Leah's essay was on The Suffragist: Vida Goldstein.
2012 Premier's Young Historian Award - Leah Murray, Albany Creek State High School.
2011 National History Challenge winners (Qld)
2011: Year 5/6 Prize - Tom Lambert - St Joseph's Nudgee College - Tom's essay was titled Gold, Grey and Gusto.

2011: Year 7/8 Prize - Leah Murray - Albany Creek State High. Leah's essay was titled The Mabo Case.

2011: Year 9/10 Prize - Sophie Weir - Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Sophie's essay was titled WW2 and Women.

2011: Year 11/12 Prize - Rory Parker - Albany Creek State High School. Rory's essay was titled Would God Save the Governor-General?

'Defining Moments - Women' Prize - Caterina Eleni Piperidis - Albany Creek State High School. Caterina's essay was titled Caroline Chisholm 'The Emigrants Friend'. 

Australian Democracy Prize - Rory Parker - Albany Creek State High School. Rory's essay was titled Would God Save the Governor General?

'Indigenous Australia' Prize - Brittini Sirett - Albany Creek State High School. Brittini's essay was titled Charles Perkins.

'Immigrant Experience' Prize - Tom Lambert - St Joseph's Nudgee College. Tom's essay was titled Gold, Grey and Gusto.

'History of Sport' Prize - Daniel Fraser - Albany Creek State High School. Daniel's essay was titled Johnny Warren 'I told you so'.
'The Life and Times of John Curtin' Prize - Pedro Rafael Ramos - Albany Creek State High School. Pedro's essay was titled Shadowed Legacy: The Curtin That History Books Never Talk About.
'In War and Peace' Prize - Adam Yousif - Brisbane State High School. Adam's essay was titled World War 1 and World War 2
Museum Exhibit Prize - Hamish Murray - Albany Creek State High School. HIGHLY COMMENDED ONLY.
2011 Premier's Young Historian Award - Tom Lambert - St Joseph's Nudgee College
Queensland Premier's Young Historian Medal, $500 student and $100 school, and student travel to Canberra to receive the Commonwealth Medal at the National Presentation Ceremony, in Mural Hall, Parliament House. The National History Challenge covers travel, meals, accomodation and incidental costs to and from, and whilst in Canberra
2014 QHTA Historical Writing Competition

Entries must be received by the due date, Friday 19 September 2014. A student entry form must be attached to each entry. Post entries to: QHTA History Competition 2014, QHTA, PO Box 1029, New Farm Q 4005.

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.

While teachers should feel free to comment on early drafts, the submitted entry must not contain any teacher’s comments, corrections or marks.

Each school may submit no more than three entries in each of Years 7-10. In Years 11 and 12 a maximum of three Ancient History essays and three Modern History essays may be submitted at each year level as well as one Year 11 or 12 multi-modal entry for Ancient and one Year 11 or 12 multi-modal entry in Modern History. In instances where more than the permissible number of three entries in a given year level/category are submitted, only the first three removed from the envelope will be eligible.

Entries Due Date: Friday, 19 September 2014

Sponsored by: Queensland Independent Education Union; Queensland Council for Civil Liberties; Dr HR Cowie; Dr RN Milns

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2013 QHTA Historical Writing Competition winners

QHTA takes great pleasure in announcing the 2013 winners of the Historical Writing Competition. The standard of entries this year was very high and the judges commend both the students and their teachers for the way in which students showed their ability to research, interpret evidence and make historical judgements.
Year 12 Ancient History
1st
2nd

3rd

Brianna Riordan - Somerset College
Celene Pretorius - St Aidan's AGS
Joshua Bell -Anglican Church Grammar School

Highly Commended
Yolanda Gardiner - Somerset College

Year 12 Modern History
1st
2nd
3rd

Bailey Hepple - Anglican Church Grammar School
Mia Sandgren - St Hilda's School
Anthea Bach - Loreto College

Highly Commended
Millie Gluis - Noosa District State High School
Elisabeth Storer - Brisbane Girls Grammar School

Year 11 Ancient History
1st
2nd
3rd

Caitlin Brown - Stuartholme School
Georgia Matthews - Stuartholme School
Emily Edwards - St Aidan's AGS

Highly Commended
Elizabeth Baldwin - Mt St Michael's College
Tess Johnston - Somerset College
Michaela Pieterse - Cavendish Road State High School

Year 11 Modern History
1st
2nd
3rd
Margot Bligh - Brisbane Girls Grammar School
Emma Milner - Albany Creek State High School
Lydia Bell - St Aidan's AGS
Year 10
1st
2nd
3rd

Thea Shields - St Hilda's School
Shiye Su - Brisbane Girls Grammar School
Madeleine Hall - St Hildas' School

Highly Commended
Kate Western - Brisbane Girls Grammar School
Marie Oliver - St Aidan's AGS

Year 9
1st

Isabella Ostini - Somerville House

Highly Commended
Hung-Yi Annie Liu - Somerville House

Year 8
1st
Isabella Garzolini
Year 7
No prizes awarded
Indigenous History Prize
Anthea Bach - Loreto College
Junior Human Rights and Civil Liberties Prize
Briahna Connolly - Shalom College
Senior Human Rights and Civil Liberties Prize
Mia Sandgren - St Hilda's School
Year 11/12 Multi-Modal Prize
Lydia Wardale - St Aidan's AGS
50th Anniversary Prize
Isabella Garzolini - St Hilda's School
            
            
 
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