What do you think?

The theme for 2017 is,

Making a Better World

What will your museum exhibit represent?

Let’s start by exploring important events, people and places…

Defining Moments in Australian History examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people. Here you can explore hundreds of key moments in Australia’s history compiled by a panel of leading historians and the general public.

What defining moment in Australian History has grabbed your attention and engaged you?

How do you feel this has contributed to making a better world?





Key Dates for the NHC

Miss Tomat has enrolled the Apollo Parkways Pegasus group as participants in the 2017 National History Challenge. However, we will wait for all returned parent permissions, and finalise our group/individual entries before we mail our formal enrollment documentation.

Entries close 25 August 2017

Winners notified mid October 2017

State Presentation dates to be announced at a later date.

Prizes for the NHC

All students who participate in the NHC receive a Certificate of Participation.The following prizes are awarded in addition to this Certificate to those entries that are judged to be winners at State and National level.

State year level winners:
$200 cash and an NHC medallion.*

National year level winners:
$300 cash, medallion and travel to Canberra to receive the medallion at the National Presentation.

State Special category winners:
$200 cash, NHC medallion.

National Special Category winners:
$300 cash, a medallion and travel to Canberra to  receive the medallion at the National Presentation

State young historian winners**:
A Young Historian trophy and travel to Canberra to  receive a Commonwealth Medallion at the National Presentation.

National young historian winner***:
$1000 cash, a medallion and travel to Canberra to  receive the medallion at the National Presentation.


*Primary 1 winners receive a Book Token and an NHC medallion. There is no national winner in this Year Level.

**State Young Historians will be selected from either the Special Category or Year Level winners.

*** National Young Historian/Historians will be selected from the State Young Historian winners

Remember – bibliography & referencing!





National Museum Australia – Defining moments in Australia’s History


Special Categories for National History Challenge

Special Categories give you the opportunity to focus your research on one of the topics below. The special categories are sponsored by different organisations and institutions from across Australia. National winners of the NHC get to visit some of these organisations as part of the National prize – a trip to Australia’s National Capital, Canberra.

*Please remember that you still need to incorporate the theme “Making a Better World?” in your Special Category entry.

For more information about Special Categories and the entry requirements click on the links below copied directly from the NHC website.

Australian Wartime Experiences The Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Have a Voice in Our Democracy   The Museum of Australian Democracy
Sir Robert Menzies and today’s Australia The Menzies Foundation
Indigenous History The History Teachers’ Association of Australia
Women’s History The National Foundation for Australian Women
Using Primary Sources from the National Archives The National Archives of Australia
Asia and Australia   Asia Education Foundation
Museum Exhibit The National Museum of Australia
History of Sport  The History Teachers’ Association of Australia

Term 2 Pegasus Timetable

Pegasus will start in week 2 of Term 2. Students will receive an envelope addressed to their parents to confirm selection for our second term of programs for the year. There are 3 Pegasus groups. They are,

Grade 1 and 2 – Mondays – 11.10 to 12.45pm

Grade 3 and 4 – Fridays – 1.55pm to 3.15pm

Grade 5 and 6 – Mondays – 9.10 to 10.30am

Term Two 2017 – Let’s enter the National History Challenge

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. It gives students a chance to be an historian, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots. It emphasises and rewards quality research, the use of community resources and effective presentation.


The theme for 2017 is,


How important is the theme?

The theme is very important and it is the theme upon which all entries must be focused. Students can, with guidance, apply the theme to a variety of contexts within their particular state or territory’s curriculum.

This theme offers students the opportunity to explore various topics in history. This exploration can be approached at a number of levels such as:

  • Students may like to consider events, periods, decisions, individuals or groups in various fields, for example, fashion, medicine, social movements in different eras as the focus of the research.

Presentation Formats
Students in the Term 2 Pegasus Program will work with their teacher, Miss Tomat, to select one of the following three formats. Parents at Apollo Parkways PS are to refer to the ‘Term 2 Pegasus’ letter sent home at the start of the term for information regarding the entry formats for Grade 1 & 2, Grade 3 & 4 and Grade 5 & 6 classes. The following links are provided by the National History Challenge for interest.

 –            Individual Research Essay

–             Museum Exhibit

–             Other Format

Entry criteria
You can read more about the entry criteria here.

For your interest
You can view the judging form used by the National History Challenge here.

Parent Permission Form
Students in the Term 2 Pegasus Program will need to have a signed Parent Permission Form returned to school at the earliest convenience to enable APPS to enroll all students in the challenge. All Pegasus students will receive a participation certificate from the National History Challenge.