The National History Challenge

The National History Challenge

Causes and Consequences

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for Australian students from Year 1-12. It gives students a chance to be historians, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots. The theme of the 2022 National History Challenge was “Causes and Consequences”, with four of our students being selected as finalists this year. Two Year 10 students, Eleanor Buckham and Emma Borgmeyer, took the opportunity to extend their regular class essays on World War Two to enter this competition. Eleanor entered the “Asia and Australia” category, examining how Australia’s relationship with Japan changed as a result of the 1942 bombing of Darwin. Emma’s entry into the “Using Primary Sources” category was a report that examined internment camps in Australia during World War Two. Year 11 student, Crystal Iluno, was a finalist in the “History of Sport” category, with an essay on the commodification of Australian sport. Year 12 student, Mia Konopka, won two categories: “Democracy Matters” and the Year 11/12 Category, with an essay evaluating the impact of Gough Whitlam on Australian democracy. Mia was also selected as the SA Young Historian of the Year, and will travel to Canberra, chaperoned by History teacher, Elizabeth Heuzenroeder, for the National Presentation Ceremony at Parliament House. We congratulate all four of these students on their excellent achievements.

Ms Elizabeth Heuzenroeder
History Teacher

The National History Challenge Award Recipients with History teacher Ms Heuzenroeder