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
'Change and Continuity?' - 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: 'Change and Continuity?'
  • 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
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Registrations expected to be open by end March 2015. More details at http://www.qhta.com.au/conferences.htm

Thinking outside the box: creative outcomes for the inquiry process. A professional development opportunity for teachers of History at James Cook University, Townsville, 28 February 2015, 9am-12noon. Past and present QCAA district panel chairs for Ancient and Modern History will explore how research can be presented in innovative and still rigorous ways. This workshop aims to encourage teachers to think differently about written and multi-modal historical research products. More information at http://www.qhta.com.au/townsvillel_workshop_febv2.pdf

2015 Annual UQ Friends of Antiquity Ancient History Day will be held on Saturday 21 March 2015. The theme will be 'Eat, drink and be merry - food and nutrition in the ancient world' and the keynote speaker will be UQ's new Professor of Classics and Ancient History, Professor Alastair Blanshard. Alastair will speak on Trimalchio's Banquet in Petronius' *Satyricon*.
Certificates will be available for any teachers who might want to credit the event to their professional development activities. More information at http://www.friendsofantiquity.org.au/index.php?id=1&event_id=161
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 Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria from Tuesday 29 September – Friday 1 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
Queensland history teacher Jackie Campbell will be participating in the Gandel Philanthropy Holocaust study for Australian educators to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem for three weeks from 26 December 2014. You can follow her journey through her blog at http://myisraelistudytour.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/pre-tour-reflections.html
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  

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WHAT'S ON
25 April 2015 - Centenary celebrations of landing at Anzac Cove
29 September - 1 October 2015 - HTAA National History Conference: Racing into History, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
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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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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