For teachers

The National History Challenge is a nationally recognised competition where students are the historians. This year MoAD wants students to research and creatively respond to a turning point in democracy.

Get started by registering your school at the National History Challenge website.

Why you and your students should get involved

  • There is no entry fee for the National History Challenge.
  • Participation can form part of student assessment. Alternatively you may have existing assessment tasks which can be submitted as entries.
  • Students can enter individually or in groups (4 people maximum) making it an ideal whole class project or extension activity.
  • Every student who attempts historical research relating to the theme is entitled to a participation certificate.
  • Teachers who facilitate participation will receive a certificate to add to their professional development portfolio at the completion of the challenge.

Curriculum links

MoAD’s special category links to four learning areas in the Australian Curriculum.

  • Humanities and Social Sciences (F-6/7 HASS)
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • History
  • English

In general students will

  • Use and evaluate a range of primary and secondary sources. A primary document study forms part of the requirements for entries.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills, creativity and problem-solving.
  • Evaluate others’ views in order to develop and argue their own.
  • Reference written and visual material used in their entries.

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. More information is available on the National History Challenge site.

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18 King George Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

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Emma Diamond
Learning Officer

Phone:02 6270 8114

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Header image credit: Ineka Voigt, 2018