Tues 1 Oct Workshop 1

Title: Groote Eylandt: A case-study in Aboriginal history

Presenter Bio: Mr Steve Hawkins

Steve Hawkins is the president of the Geography & History Teachers Association NT, and has over two decades’ experience teaching in urban, regional and remote locations in South Australia and the Northern Territory, and as a curriculum officer for the NT Department of Education. While currently residing in Darwin, a career highlight was living and working in schools in the Arnhem and Gulf regions.

Workshop Abstract:

We teach the history of Indigenous Australia to recognise and celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and experiences and to acknowledge the sins of the past to promote healing and reconciliation. Some view the Indigenous experiences of colonisation as being similar, and while certain themes can be seen across cultures and communities, true reconciliation requires an understanding of unique histories and contemporary contexts. This seminar will explore the history of Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria as a case study for learning about Aboriginal contact history, from trade with Macassan trepangers, through the mission years, mining, war and the Eylandt’s place as a stopping point for Qantas passengers on Kangaroo Route. Home to the Anindilyakwa people, Groote Eylandt is home to a surviving and thriving language and culture, not immune to the ongoing challenges of colonisation but with tremendous potential for progress and self-empowerment. While certainly not intending to speak for the Anindilyakwa people, this session will draw on the presenter’s time living and working on Groote Eylandt, as well as his experience in teaching Indigenous history in a senor secondary context, to present the history of Groote Eylandt as a case study for exploring post-contact and contemporary Aboriginal history in a senior school setting.

Title: Strategies to teach Synthesising Simply for the 21st Century Classroom.

Presenter Bio: Mrs Angela Lomas

Angela Lomas is a History, Art and English teacher at the Capricornina School of Distance Education.

She is currently heading up the Ancient History section at her school creating digitally formatted units. Angela’s goal is to ensure students throughout rural and remote areas of Queensland are able to access the new Ancient History Syllabus.

Workshop Abstract:

This workshop will outline strategies and provide a toolkit for teaching the cognitive process of synthesising in a history-based context for years 07 through to 12. We will be investigating how to guide and extend students core knowledge of synthesising historical sources, whilst integrating essential differentiation techniques.

The presentation will also cover the challenges faced with the new Ancient history syllabus and how we can ensure students are being given the best possible opportunity to succeed in this criteria. Teachers will receive sample assessment, planning and resources to support implementation these skills. With hands on practical activities, visual and auditory learning pathways will be shared alongside digitally created lesson presentations. Also opportunities for sharing best practice amongst workshop participants will be given and encouraged.

Title: Fake History: Reinventing the Past

Presenter Bio’s: Ms Loraine Caldwell & Mr Simon Tacey

Loraine Caldwell has taught both senior and middle years history for over 20 years. She is actively involved with the Geography and History Teachers’ Association (GHTANT) and is the Northern Territory Coordinator for the National History Challenge. Loraine currently teaches Modern History, Ancient Studies and Medieval Cross Disciplinary Studies at Casuarina Senior College.

Simon Tacey has taught secondary school history for 10 years. He currently teaches Year 9 & 10 Humanities and VCE 20th Century History and Legal Studies and has taught VCE History: Revolutions for 4 years. He is also Humanities Domain Leader at Upper Yarra Secondary College.

Workshop Abstract:

The past is a highly contested area and is often used (and misused) to justify present actions and directions. Can we really trust the stories that we are told, or have they been manipulated to adhere to a particular agenda? Today, while students can easily access information about a topic, they often lack the analytical skills to assess the quality and purpose of these sources. The challenge for history teachers is to move their students beyond simple understanding of content to providing them with the skills necessary to critically analyse interpretations of the past. Aimed primarily at middle years HASS and senior years history teachers, this workshop will provide participants with a range of strategies aimed at looking beyond the narrative to critically examine the motives, biases and agendas of those claiming ownership of a story.

Title: Thinking outside the box: Teacher’s Toolbox of Activities for the History Classroom

Presenter Bio’s: Chenelle Pereira & Jess Chamoff

Chenelle Pereira is a teacher at Haileybury College, where she currently teaches VCE English and Sociology. She is also an International VCE Mentor to China. Chenelle completed a double degree in Education and Arts at Deakin University and is currently completing her Masters of Education at the University of Melbourne specialising in Equity, Diversity and Social Change.

Jess Chamoff has been teaching for 16 years in both the public and private school system. She completed a double degree in Education and Arts at Monash University. Jess is currently Deputy Head of Humanities and Head of History at Haileybury College and has a passion for Australian history.

Workshop Abstract:

In our History classroom we are as excited as our students are, to explore and understand history. For us, history matters and so we endeavour to create an innovative and engaging classroom environment that caters for the variety of ways in which our students learn. This session will be focused upon role modelling some of the classroom activities we have used with great success. These activities can be adapted to suit any subject matter and any secondary year level. You will be able to embed and adapt any of these tasks into your lesson planning. For the purposes of this session we will base our activities around Australian Indigenous history, as this teaching may be applicable across many Humanities subjects. It is recommended that those attending this session have access to their own wifi enabled device.

Title: SS Ahnenerbe: Nazis and ‘Heritage’

Presenter Bio: Dr Denis Mootz

Dr Denis Mootz was a K-12 classroom teacher for more than 40 years. He also coordinated History method courses at UNSW for almost 20 years. He currently shares his time between retirement, consulting, museum education, research and archaeology.

Workshop Abstract:

Heinrich Himmler’s ‘heritage’ and Rassenkunde, race science, ‘think tank’ was a collection of historians, scientists, archaeologists, musicologists and others tasked with discovering the relics of Aryan civilisation and hence the origins of the German ‘race’. In the process they were responsible for a myriad of crimes against humanity.

This presentation will give an overview of the ‘theories’ underpinning the organisation and its institutions and ‘projects’. The activities of key individuals will also be outlined.

Title: Microhistory, enlistment and the Western Front.

Presenter Bio: Mr Jonathon Dallimore

Jonathon is currently working part-time as a Professional Officer for the History Teachers’ Association of NSW. He also teaches History Methods at the University of New South Wales and the University of Wollongong.

Workshop Abstract:

This session will demonstrate and explore a project completed for the History Teachers’ Association of Australia in 2018-19. It takes microhistory as a starting point for exploring enlistment into the First A.I.F. and the experiences of soldiers on the western Front in 1916 as part of the Australian Curriculum unit ‘World War One (1914-1918).’ The project has drawn on resources from the National Archives, the Australian War Memorial and Trove and been completed with input from Dr. Meleah Hampton (AWM) and Professor Peter Stanley (UNSW).

Title: The Big History Project

Presenter Bio: Mr Ashley Pratt

Ashley is a full-time history teacher and is the Vice-President of the HTAV in Melbourne who also works with the Big History Project as their Australian Outreach Coordinator.

Ashley is an experienced presenter who has presented at HTAV and HTAA conferences in the past on a variety of topics including Historical Thinking and Blended-Learning.

Workshop Abstract:

This workshop will provide attendees with an introduction to the Big History Project. It will explore the conceptual underpinnings of the course, the resources available and the significant benefits to reading and writing it can have on students who undertake the course. The Big History Project is based on Australian research and the work of David

Christian from Macquarie University and has been designed specifically for high-school students. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the structure of the course, the resources that are provided and the ground-breaking technology used to reduce teacher marking workload to enable them to focus on the students in their classes.

Title: “But I’m performing and ‘public-speaking’ in class every day, surely I HAVE good presentation skills?”

Presenter: Dr Deb Hull


Dr Deb Hull is the Executive Officer for HTAV. Her career path has involved public speaking in diverse settings including university lectures, workshop facilitation, training sessions, keynote addresses, wedding speeches, eulogies, strategic planning facilitation, consultancy project pitches, data presentations, farewells for colleagues, formal dinner speeches and even a Geoffrey Robertson-style Hypothetical.


“But I’m performing and ‘public-speaking’ in class every day, surely I HAVE good presentation skills?”

Of course you do. But perhaps you still get nervous about presenting to your peers? Or you’d like to offer a workshop at your HTA conference but lack the confidence? Maybe you have (or aspire to) a leadership role where you need to present to parents and large gatherings of the school community?

This workshop will improve your skills and help banish your nerves, and all without losing your own authentic style. We’ll cover the three pillars of great oral presentations:

  • Organising your content so that your audience absorbs and remembers it
  • Choosing your non-verbal communication
  • Using visual content to enhance (and not compete with) your narrative

It will be fun, fast-paced and memorable. You WILL use what you learn. And you will be equipped to use your public speaking opportunities to influence change and build positive cultures.