Term 2 Event!

Teach Meet

  • Date: 13th May (Thursday, Week 4)
  • Time: 4 – 6 pm
  • Venue: UCSSC Lake Ginninderra College, Belconnen
  • Price: FREE for members and pre-service teachers, $15 for non-members

Our annual teach-meet brings together educators from a range of different settings to develop skills and content knowledge, and to share practical, innovative and interesting ideas for your classroom.

This professional learning session caters for Primary, Secondary and College educators, and will include sessions hosted by academics from ANU and educators from our amazing local cultural institutions.

If you are interested in presenting, please email Becky (Rebecca.Gill@ed.act.edu.au)

Hilary Brettell Early Career Teacher Scholarship

To honour a beloved and admired colleague, the ACT HTA is offering free online registration for this year’s National History Conference (see details at historyconference.org.au) for an early career teacher. If you are in your first three years of teaching and have a strong desire to develop your history-teaching skills, then apply by completing this Google Form outlining your experience and commitment to the teaching of History. The successful recipient will also receive 1-year free membership to the ACT HTA.

Special Deal – National Conference

National Conference is Australia’s premier History teacher’s event. We know COVID has meant many people can’t travel, so for those teachers outside of WA we are offering you the option to attend virtually.
If you register before 14th March,  you will be entitled to select your sessions 48 hours before general delegates, ensuring you dont miss out on the session you wanted to attend.
All online conference delegates for their ticket price will also receive a special bonus, making attending well worth it! Plus, did you know that members of HTAA affiliate associations save $145 on a three day registration?

Archaeology PL

Dr Sophia Samper Carro of ANU will be conducting PL on archaeology on Thursday 11 March 2021 4.00-6.ooPM at ANU.

If you are interested in signing up or need more info, please email Chris Kenna on christopher.kenna@cit.edu.au.

The Seminar will be held at

JG Crawford Building

Barton Theatre

132 Lennox Crossing

Australian National University

2021 Events

As we all know, Covid put pay to many activities this year. The Committee met in early December and has identified our activities for Semester 1:

BEHIND THE LINES AND MOAD PL, 18th February 2021 (Week 3) – Hosted by MoAD

The main theme for this PD will be the new Behind the Lines exhibition and includes a discussion with the Cartoonist of the Year – Cathy Wilcox. MoAD will also showcase its new online resources and other exhibitions that teachers may find helpful in their practice.

NATIONAL HISTORY CHALLENGE LAUNCH, 25th February 2021 (Week 4) – Venue:  National Archives of Australia
Our annual launch for the National History Challenge where teachers and local cultural institutions meet.

PREHISTORY/ARCHAEOLOGY WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS (Primary/Secondary), 11 March 2021 – ANU

Presented by Dr Sofia Samper Carro (ANU)
4.00-6.00 pm, Thu 11 Mar 2021, ANU (exact venue TBA)
A more detailed program is under development, and this workshop will be as interactive as possible. The content will deal with prehistoric (not ‘classical’) societies. Sofia is generously presenting this workshop with the aim of sharing skills, knowledge and teachable content for Social Sciences/History teachers in the ACT.

For more information, please contact Chris Kenna.

Term 2

TEACH MEET, 13th May 2021 (Week 3) – Hosted at UC SSC Lake Ginninderra College
Our annual teach-meet for primary, secondary and senior-secondary educators across the ACT.

New Life Members

Long serving members, Liz McGinnis and Nick Ewbank were elected to Life Membership of the ACT HTA and presented with plaques at the November AGM!

2020 National History Challenge – ACT Winners and NATIONAL WINNER

To our surprise, there was an increase in entries in the NHC this year, particularly in the primary sector with two new schools entering. The standard of work at the primary level was beyond anything the judging panel had experienced before – wonderful to see but very difficult to judge! There were some amazing winners. All judging took place online this year over the course of a week, including for the first time, that of models and museum entries.

We again have a national winner, for Year 9, who was also our Young Historian, announced at the combined state/national presentation on 26th November. We were delighted and surprised to be able to actually hold a presentation this year. It was held at the Australia War Memorial theatre, for which we were very grateful and included a video speech by the Minister for Education, and one from the Director of the AWM, Mr Matt Anderson.

“I found the theme, Contested Histories, really interesting. I thought there was a lot of room to manoeuvre and a lot of freedom with the theme and what I could choose to write about, while also giving me some direction.”
Chanhyeok (Kevin) Wang, ACT Young Historian of the Year, Telopea Park School

Chanhyeok (Kevin) Wang

Read more here: Telopea Park School student named ACT Young Historian of the Year (ACT EDU)
For a list of all the 2020 Winners, please visit the National History Challenge website.

Join Us!

Dear P-12 teachers, school leaders, community members and history stakeholders

We are a small but passionate and dedicated group of volunteers teachers and school leaders from primary and high schools, colleges and a range of community institutions and local groups.  We work together to provide a range of professional learning, resource sharing and strategic networking events for history educators.

Our goal is to recognise the value of the subject and profession for all.

The Committee has decided that, in light of Covid-19, memberships purchased in 2020 will cover the period until Jan 2022.  Great value – never been a better time to join!

To join your ACT HTA simply complete one of the following –

Option 1. If you / your school / institution want to apply and pay with card go to the main menu of this site, click Membership, then choose the option that suits you following the steps.

Option 2. If you wish to transfer money go to the mail menu of this site, click Contact, then choose the ACT HTA Treasurer (Daniel) and give your email, full name and school so we can send you the very easy application .

We will add you to the exclusive email lists so you will be aware of everything going on, including members-only PL, networking and new resource launches and much, much more!