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QHTA Historical Writing Competition

QHTA Historical Writing Competition

Author: Katherine Hart and Aaron Sloper
Author Role: Secondary History Teachers

The Queensland History Teachers Association Historical Writing Competition recognises outstanding student work in History, with hundreds of entries from schools across the state. CHAC students again performed exceptionally well in 2020, taking out more category wins and placings than any other Queensland school!

This year, CHAC had nine students recognised for their exceptional historical writing skills. In the Senior Secondary categories, Isaac Reid (Year 12) received the prestigious Human Rights and Civil Liberties Prize for his essay on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. He was also awarded second place for the same work in the category of Year 12 Modern History Essay. In Ancient History, Kasey Gill (Year 12) was awarded first place for an independent source investigation for her research into the subjugation of the Greek city-states by Phillip II of Macedon. In the Year 11 Ancient History essay competition Charlotte Beavers (Year 11) was awarded second place and Brodie Kealley (Year 11) third place for their historical essays examining Hannibal Barca of Carthage. This is an outstanding achievement for our senior Ancient and Modern history students. Additionally, Sarah Findlay (Year 10) received a highly commended for her essay on The Atomic Bombing of Japan and the impacts on survivors, and Charlotte Hansen received the Human Rights and Civil Liberties Prize for 7-10 for her essay on the impact the Holocaust had on international agreements that protect the rights of refugees.

In the Junior Secondary categories, Victoria Seng (Year 7) took first place in the Year 7 essay category, winning for her work on the reign of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China. Zhenghao Ou (Year 7) received second place overall in this category for his essay on the same topic. In the Year 8 essay category, Toby Chippendale won for his work assessing the impact of the Crusades on Medieval European society. All competition entries were excellent in quality and the Humanities Department is incredibly proud of the work of our students.