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 
   
 
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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
RD Milns Antiquities Museum Exhibition Opening
Cyprus: An Island and A People investigates the complex and fascinating history of Cyprus in the ancient world and the role of archaeology in the making of modern Cyprus. RSVP by 29 May 2015 to http://www.vision6.com.au/forms/s/2d06906/51058/462028.html

Modern History Student Seminars. Nazism - lessons from a dark past. Mr Ian Gray’s seminar will focus on the historical conditions and human factors that made Nazism possible. He will make links between the ‘Nazi mentality’ and other examples of authoritarian human behaviour that occur in other topics often studied in Modern History, from India and China to the USA and Australia. The presentation will feature historical and current images and video and have strong links to the topic of terrorism and Brian’s presentation. Mr Ian Gray is an author of historical texts, and an experienced Senior Modern History teacher
 
Terrorism. Dr Brian Hoepper’s seminar takes up all the following issues on terrorism - and more - encouraging students to think freshly and deeply about this dramatic feature of the modern world. Since 11th September 2001, terrorism has never been out of the headlines. To many people, ‘terrorism’ is synonymous with ‘Islam’ and radical Islamist terrorists have certainly been responsible for numerous murderous attacks around the globe. But terrorism can be traced back over 2,000 years, and has been perpetrated by people from many countries, faiths and political traditions. Even countries and their governments have been accused of being ‘terrorist’. Trying to define and identify terrorism sparks controversy - hence the well-known saying ‘One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter’. Dr Brian Hoepper is an author of many historical texts and a former lecturer in teacher education at QUT.

Sunshine Coast. Immanuel Lutheran College (Buderim). 23 April 2015. 9.30-11.30am
Gold Coast. Somerset College (Mudgeeraba). 29 April 2015. 9.30-11.50am
Townsville. St Anthony's Catholic College. 4 May 2015. 9.30-11.50am
Bundaberg. St Luke's Anglican School. 19 May 2015. 9.30-11.50am

Booking form at http://www.qhta.com.au/mh_student_seminars_2015.doc

Ancient History Student Seminars. Visual Evidence for Ancient History: Vases, Sculptures and Coins. Dr Tom Stevenson, University of Queensland. This session will analyse some famous vases, coins and sculpture as visual evidence for ancient history.  The aim will be to demonstrate ways in which such evidence can be interpreted, and some limits that need to be recognised, especially if written evidence is not available.
 
'Interpreting Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars'. Dr. Caillan Davenport University of Queensland. Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars is one of our most important sources for the history of the early Roman empire. Yet these biographies often appear puzzling to a modern audience, since they seem to be a bizarre combination of scandalous tales and anecdotes that border on the absurd and ridiculous. This seminar will assist students in interpreting Suetonius' work and show how the Lives of the Caesars can be used to shed light on the way people thought about the emperor and imperial power in the Roman world.
 
Sunshine Coast. Immanuel Lutheran College (Buderim). 1 May 2015. 9.30-11.50am
Gold Coast. Coomera Anglican College (Upper Coomera). 5 May 2015. 9.30-11.50am
Bundaberg. St Luke’s Anglican School. 21 July 2015. 10.00am -12.20pm

Booking form at http://www.qhta.com.au/ah_student_seminars_2015.doc

QHTA Year 7-12 History Teachers PD afternoon seminars:
Session 1: Evaluating contentious sources (60 minutes)
Session 2: Participants choose between (a) Improving the quality of classroom conversations (Ian Gray), or (b) Interrogating the Anzac Book (Brian Hoepper)

Kirwin SHS. 4 May 2015. 3.30-6pm. http://www.qhta.com.au/qhta_townsville_history_pd_2015.pdf
Shalom College, Bundaberg. 18 May 2015. 3.30-6pm. http://www.qhta.com.au/qhta_bundaberg_history_pd_2015.pdf

'Everything Old is New Again' - QHTA State Conference, Saturday 27 June 2015
The QHTA will be holding the 2015 State Conference at the Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane on Saturday, 27 June 2015.
The conference program will include:

  • Theme: 'What is the role/impact of change and continuity in History classrooms in 2015?'
  • Keynote Speaker - Associate Professor Martin Crotty
  • Workshops for secondary and primary teachers
  • Trade displays
  • Arrival refreshments, morning tea, lunch and wine and cheese prize draw session
  • Conference satchel

Registrations are now open at http://www.qhta.com.au/conferences.htm

Australian Historical Association Annual Conference: Foundational Histories will be held 2-6 July 2015 at University of Sydney. More information at http://sydney.edu.au/arts/history/aha2015/index.shtml 
The 2015 HTAA National Conference will be held at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria from Tuesday 29 September – Friday 2 October 2015. HTAV is currently calling for interested speakers and workshop presenters at http://www.htav.asn.au/forms/command/display_form?formID=85 Proposals are due by Friday, 17 April 2015. For more information contact Meri Rametta, Manager, Events, Programs & Marketing on 03 9417 3422 or at m.rametta@htav.asn.au
COMPETITIONS

The Premier’s Anzac Prize 2015 will provide 70 Queensland high school students and ten teacher chaperones the opportunity to experience the Anzac tradition firsthand at the centenary commemoration at Gallipoli and travel to the Western Front battlefields in France and Belgium, over two weeks in April and May 2015. Student entries closed on 19 September 2014. The winners were announced by the Queensland premier on 5 December 2014. Media Statement available at http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2014/12/5/queensland-students-keep-anzac-spirit-alive

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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.

Entries must be received by the due date, Friday 18 September 2015. 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. More information available 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 is 21 August 2015. More information at http://historychallenge.org.au

Congratulations to Leah Murray, Albany Creek State High School who has been named 2014 Queensland Young Historian and is the winner of the national HTAA Prize. The 2014 NHC Queensland winners can be found 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 2014 Australian History Competition announced at http://www.australianhistorycompetition.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=6&Itemid=15
Details on the 2015 Australian History Competition can be found at http://australianhistorycompetition.com.au/  
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The 2016 Simpson Prize question is: "The landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 is often given prominence in accounts of the Gallipoli campaign. What other events or experiences of the campaign would you argue require more attention? Why?" and requires students to respond to the question using a minimum of three of the sources from the 2016 Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection at http://www.awm.gov.au/education/simpson-prize-2016 and their own research. ENTRIES CLOSE 16 OCTOBER 2015. The winners from each State and Territory will travel together to Gallipoli for the Anzac Day Service in April 2016. For further details go to http://www.simpsonprize.org  

            
WHAT'S ON
25 April 2015 - Centenary celebrations of landing at Anzac Cove
7 December 2015 - Australian Curriculum Conference
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 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
QHTA PUBLICATIONS
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Follow 2015 Premier's Anzac Prize winners' overseas journey
Follow the 70 winners of the 2015 Premier’s 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.
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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
SIMPSON PRIZE 2015 WINNERS
Congratulations to Xavier Rui (Year 10), St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace who is the 2015 Simpson Prize (Queensland) winner, and Marina Bishop (Year 9), Stuartholme School, Toowong who is the 2015 Simpson Prize (Queensland) runner-up. More information at http://www.qhta.com.au/competitions.htm
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Xavier Rui, winner of the Simpson Prize 2015, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
Marina Bishop, runner-up in the Simpson Prize 2015, Stuartholme School, Toowong
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The Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial and Ms Carmel Harman, QHTA Chaperone for The Simpson Prize 2015
Xavier Rui, Hon Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, Marina Bishop and the Federal Member for Brisbane, Hon Teresa Gambaro MP
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