State Champion - Australian History Competition

St Mary’s College, Toowoomba, has entered over 260 students in this year’s 4th Australian History Competition which is sponsored by CIRCLE and ‘HistoriCool’ Magazine

The inclusion of History in the Australian Curriculum has recognised the significance of History as a critical element of a well rounded education.  This led the History Teachers Association of Australia to develop The Australian History Competition in 2010 as a way to promote the study of history in schools.  It was also seen as a way to provide guidance to teachers about approaches to assessing some of the new elements included in the Australian Curriculum – History.

While many boys at the College received Credit and Merit awards, four received Distinction Awards. In Year 10, they were Jacob Mahone and Luke Neale, who both scored 74%. In Year 8, the Distinction Awards went to Thomas Browne with 80% and Ryan Bailey with 82%.

Of particular note however, was the achievement of Year 8 student Patrick Coleman, who achieved a result of 96%, the highest in Queensland and one that has made him State Champion.

The questions used in the Australian History Competition are mainly based on interpreting and analysing a range of historical source material.  In this way student success is not dependent on what content they have covered in their classrooms, but on their understanding of historical inquiry processes and their ability to interpret and apply information. 

This year over 20 000 students from more than 400 schools representing every state participated in the competition.  The state champions all receive a specially minted medallion to recognise their achievement and all other students receive certificates recognising their level of achievement.

The Australian History Competition is produced by The History Teachers Association of Australia and relies on the volunteer support of dedicated teachers who provide their time and expertise to organise the competition.  The support of ‘HistoriCool’ and CIRCLE helps to ensure the quality of the Australian History Competition.

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