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
National History Challenge Victorian Launch
On May 5, Madeline Barker (Year 10) was the key note speaker at the Victorian Launch of the National History Challenge in Melbourne. The event was hosted by the National Trust of Victoria and held at “Mulberry Hill” – the former home of legendary Australian figures Joan Lindsay (author of “Picnic at Hanging Rock”) and Daryl Lindsay (artist and former director of the National Gallery of Victoria). Many representatives from important cultural institutions and government departments were present to hear Madeline speak.
Madeline was invited to be the guest speaker after five years of participating in the National History Challenge. Each year, she has received Certificates of Excellence and has even been a State Runner-up. In her speech, Madeline spoke about how the competition assists students develop fantastic research skills and learn new knowledge.
We are extremely proud of Madeline’s achievements throughout her participation in the National History Challenge and are so excited that she was nominated for such a prestigious role. Many thanks to Madeline’s family for driving her to Melbourne and for their ongoing support. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement, Madeline!
History in Place Project – Culture Victoria
On Monday, May 27, eight Year 10 students from the VCE History class mentored Grade 5 students from Mildura Primary School as part of the “History in Place” project. Year 10s involved in the day were Justin Greenfield, Cole Keegan, Tyrone Mitchell, Fiorina Parisi, Forrest Patterson, Francis Rolfe, Holly Witte and Andrew Timmis.
Our students met with the Grade 5s at the Rio Vista and used the museum’s collection, interviews and a curator tour to create short films about Mildura’s early pioneering history using iPad technology. The Year 10s assisted each Grade 5 group to plan their film, identify artefacts, collect images and script their films. The best of these films will be screened at Federation Square in Melbourne, and others will be put on the Culture Victoria website.
The “History in Place” project is a partnership between the Heritage Council of Victoria, the History Teachers' Association of Victoria and Culture Victoria. It is funded by the Telematicts Trust.