National History Challenge
"Legends, Fact and History"
Jo Clyne: 03 9417 3422 (HTAV Office)
For full National History Challenge website go to: www.historychallenge.org.au
The NHC is a research-based competition for students from the Primary years to Year 12. Students can write an essay related to the theme for the year on some aspect of History - an essay must be a piece of work by a single individual. They can also create a Museum exhibit or a range of other formats either individually or working as a group of up to 4 people.
In addition to the general competition, which is divided into 6 year levels - P-6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Years 11 & 12 - there are a number of special categories sponsored by groups including the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the National Archives, the National Trust, the National Foundation for Australian Women and so on. The principal sponsor, to whom we are particularly grateful, is DEWRA.
The choice of subject matter is extremely broad - the only real limitation is that it must be related to the theme for the year. This year, with the theme Legends, Fact and History, we expect to have entries covering the whole range of History.
Some entries are individual ones; others are done as a co-curricular or extra-curricular activity by the entering school; and in some cases the competition itself is made a part of the curriculum, so that all students get an opportunity to take part. This can be particularly valuable, as the work done for the Challenge can be used to address AUSVELS requirements, especially at Levels 4 and 6 – so that teachers do not have to do additional work.
Some reasons why your students should take part in the NHC:
• It gives them an opportunity to learn about an area of History which interests them
• It gives them an opportunity to practise research skills, including bibliographic skills and developing an argument
• It gives them an opportunity to work together as members of a group
• It gives winners at school level an opportunity to present their work at State judging – an experience which many students say they found extremely valuable
• All students who participate will receive recognition in the form of an Official Certificate of Participation in the Challenge
• Your better students will have the opportunity to win cash prizes, medallions, and trips to Canberra
It’s FREE (and what other national competition is?)
Are you interested in being a judge for the National History Challenge? Great Professional Learning! Receive a Certificate for your VIT Folio! Email the coordinators on email@example.com to register your interest