History examines the past to understand the present.

History fires students’ curiosity and imagination. It invites them to ask, and helps them answer, today’s questions by engaging with the past and speculating on possible futures. History presents students with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. Because History is a research-led discipline, it inspires students to become confident, questioning and empathetic individuals. They learn to ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past and to substantiate the arguments they make. History prepares students for the future by equipping them with knowledge and skills that are valuable and useful throughout life.

Skills include:

  • research techniques
  • the skills needed to process and synthesise varied materials
  • the skills needed to give clear and effective oral and written presentations
  • the ability to articulate ideas and make them clear to others.

These skills are of considerable VOCATIONAL and SOCIAL significance.

Year 11 History NCEA Level 1

Topics may include:

  • Black Civil Rights in the USA
  • Palestine-Israeli Relations
  • Significant Events in New Zealand History

Year 12 History NCEA Level 2

Topics may include:

  • Germany in the Twentieth Century
  • The Ancient World – Egypt, Rome, Greece
  • Gandhi and his Contribution to the Independence of India.

Year 13 History NCEA Level 3

Topics may include:

  • New Zealand at War – NZ Wars, WW1, WW2, Vietnam
  • Family History

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