In History, students learn about past events, experiences, and actions and the changing ways in which these have been interpreted over time.  This helps them to understand the past and the present and to imagine possible futures.

The importance of History

Why on earth does it matter what happened long ago? The answer is that History is inescapable. It studies the past and the legacies of the past in the present. Far from being a 'dead' subject, it connects things through time and encourages its students to take a long view of such connections.

All people and peoples are living histories. To take a few obvious examples: communities speak languages that are inherited from the past. They live in societies with complex cultures, traditions and religions that have not been created on the spur of the moment. People use technologies that they have not themselves invented. And each individual is born with a personal variant of an inherited genetic template, known as the genome, which has evolved during the entire life-span of the human species.

So understanding the linkages between past and present is absolutely basic for a good understanding of the condition of being human. That, in a nutshell, is why History matters. It is not just 'useful', it is essential.

What pathways does History lead to?

History skills can lead to pathways into: Journalism, Law, Teaching, Research, Archives, Politics, Theatre, Non-Fiction Writer etc.

What will be covered in the Senior History Programmes?

Level 1 History contexts are:

New Zealand Protest Movement: The 1981 Springbok Tour (1.1 & 1.2), 1881 Parihaka, 1977 Bastion Point, 1978 Raglan Golf Course Protest, 1985 Rainbow Warrior (1.4 & 1.6) and 1954 - 1968 Black Civil Rights Movement (1.5)

Level 2 History contexts are:

The US Civil War

Bastion Point NZ race relations

The Road to War Crisis in Europe

Waterfront Strikes 1913 and 1951

Level 3 History contexts are:

1860s Waikato Wars (3.1 & 3.2)

1945 The Bombing of Hiroshma and Nagasaki (3.4)

1642-1651 English Civil War (3.5)

Scholarship History 2017 context is:

History as Progress