SA students win prestigious Baxter and Grimshaw Prize

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School programs, community museum, National Trust, World War Two

Congratulations to students from Mark Oliphant College and Salisbury East High School have been named joint winners of the at the 2016 History Teachers Association of SA (HTASA) conference.

The Baxter and Grimshaw Trust established this award in partnership with the HTASA in 2015, to commemorate the Centenary of World War I and the Trust’s purpose to support nautical training for disadvantaged young people.  Students from Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) schools rated in the lowest four categories of DECD’s Index of Educational Disadvantage are eligible to enter the competition.

This year’s competition focussed on World War II.  Mark Oliphant College’s entry was a pop-up museum by a Year 10 History class about the Royal Australian Navy's role in the Pacific during 1942.  The judges cited the hands-on approach to History and the students’ leadership and teamwork skills as some of the project highlights.

The class used artefacts on loan from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, through Gawler Branch of the National Trust of SA.  Volunteer Jeff Turner, a former naval serviceman, provided some excellent contextual information to help the students bring the objects to life. The Gawler National Trust Museum is one of 65 Registered and Accredited museums in History SA's Community Museums Program (CMP).

The students will spend part of their prize money on a maritime-themed excursion to Port Adelaide at the end of the year.

Thanks to History teacher Elspeth Grant from Mark Oliphant College for both providing this news story and doing an excellent job mentoring her class. 

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