Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:08:00 +1100
Joshua, Phillip and Madeline.
National History Challenge 2013
This year Irymple Secondary College offered Wednesday afterschool workshops for students interested in participating in this year’s National History Challenge. The theme for 2013’s National History Challenge was “Legends, Fact and History”. The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students that gives them 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.
We had students from all year levels including a Year 6 student from Irymple Primary School participate by researching their choice of topic. Students were able to present their work as an essay, a 3D-model, a film, a performance or website. Their entries were first judged at Regional Level here in Sunraysia, where students had to present their work to a panel of teachers. Those successful at Regional Level then had their entries judged at State level. State judging was held in Melbourne so our students participated via Skype.
Three of our students made it into the top three entries for the State in the National History Challenge: Madeline Barker, Year 10 – finalist in the “Year 10” category for her essay on Australians in Kokoda; Phillip Konstandopoulos, Year 9 – finalist in the “Year 9” category for his essay on the ANZAC experience and Charles Bean (Official War Correspondent) and Joshua Symes, Year 9 – finalist in the “Year 9” and “Migration and Human Rights” categories for his essay on slavery in the United States.
All three finalists were further judged at the National judging event in Tasmania earlier this month, with Phillip being awarded “State Young Historian for Year 9” which includes a prize of $500, a medallion and a trip to Canberra to receive his medallion at the National Presentation.
We are extremely proud of all the students who participated and particularly Maddy, Josh and Phillip, as progressing to and winning at this level is a huge achievement. They are talented young historians who have worked really hard. Well done!
Mrs Robertson, Mr Gibbons and Mrs McClure