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helped cement the classroom theory into their case study setting. Geographic skills applied at an advanced level and their application to geographic concepts was the third standard. Three internally assessed standards were taught, including the research topic mentioned above. The other two were on the issue of human trafficking and global patterns of tourism over time. Congratulations to our 2019 prize winners: Year 9 Overall Excellence William Sudell Year 10 Overall Excellence Thimeth Wijesinghe Year 11 Overall Excellence Claude Tellick Year 12 Le Cren Prize for Research Zach Gimblett Year 12 Overall Excellence Ethan Grant Year 13 HE Solomon Prize for Field

the Treaty of Waitangi; colonisation of, and immigration to, Aotearoa; the New Zealand Wars; the evolving national identity of New Zealand in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and New Zealand’s role in the Pacific. Presumably, this will take place from school entry to Year 10. While the intent is fantastic, there is much work to be done at Ministry level on the implementation of a meaningful and appropriate programme. In terms of meaningful, we need to be cognisant of the fact that history is an ever-changing concept. While on one level the acquisition of “new” evidence creates a new understanding of the past, a significant aspect that is often missed is the different interpretations of history. Much colonial history has only been Pakeha history, so balanced perspectives and a recognition of Ma ¯ ori history must be incorporated successfully. Furthermore, appropriateness must recognise that history shows connections from our past to the present, and our understanding of the present will allow us to define our national identity and assist shaping who we are as New Zealanders. This understanding will not come from viewing events in isolation. History does not operate like that. Historical events and incidents affect lives today, and the impact plays a pivotal role in our understanding of the present. There is never a full stop or a line drawn underneath leaving historical events in the past. History needs to be viewed with a lens of how it impacts the world in which we live. In saying this, a Year 13 class was presented with an investigation into the 1863–64 Waikato War. The importance of this event can be seen in the awareness that there was a darker period of New Zealand’s history, previously ignored, and over the last five years the growing acknowledgement of a need to recognise our past. While we all remember the significance of celebrating the centenary of World War I, our fight to remember New Zealand history resulted in government support of as little as one per cent of the equivalent

World War I funding. Ideas about the value and importance of history are changing, and changing exceptionally fast. In light of this change to acknowledging New Zealand history, we do need to be genuine and balanced. There is much to do in society and at curriculum levels. The annual Year 11 History competition was hosted during Term 3 at College. Two College teams entered, with the team of Freddie Sudell, Callum Hackston and Claude Tellick proving worthy winners as they took out the title in a convincing manner.

Warren Lidstone HoD History

LEARNING CENTRE At Christ’s College we endeavour to enable “Each boy at his best”. The Learning Centre plays a pivotal role in this, allowing students with learning differences to access the support they need to realise their potential. In 2019, our Years 9 and 10 Literacy classes were full and we had a record number of students receiving Special Examination Assistance in the senior school. Rotational tuition was also fully subscribed. The growing number of ESOL students has meant the department has had to adapt its ESOL programme to accommodate the varying levels and needs of the students coming in. An example of this was the option of English Language credits offered to a small number of senior ESOL students to sit alongside NCEA. There continues to be a rotational tuition option for students not requiring intensive language enhancement. Our numeracy expert Shelly Jackson joined the Learning Centre towards the end of 2018 to satisfy an ever- increasing need for numeracy support, particularly within the junior school. Shelly has had a very busy year, with 90 students on her books. The boys are very grateful to have the opportunity to not only

Related Studies – Max Marsh Year 13 Overall Excellence Ellie Stevenson

Peter Cooper HoD Geography

HISTORY Changes to our teaching staff occurred when Joe Eccelton was appointed principal at Cashmere High School. Executive Principal Garth Wynne took over a Year 10 class as his replacement. While the upcoming changes to how NCEA will be conducted in the future was the first major curriculum change announced this year, possibly as important, and at least gaining most media publicity, was the announcement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of the complusory element of teaching New Zealand history from 2022. The announcement made suggestions that students would be taught key aspects of our history, including the arrival of Ma ¯ ori to Aotearoa; first encounters and early colonial history;


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