DATE:    Saturday 18 March 2017

TIME:    9.00am – 4.00pm

VENUE: Notre Dame University, Fremantle

Please see the flyer here and the programme here

Registration Available here

A Message from the President

The 2016 Modern History Examination

There has been much discussion regarding the format of the Modern History WACE examination paper Section One and Section Three: Source Analysis questions. Unlike previous papers where our standard questions have been in a set order, 2016 examiners for the new course may select from our standard source analysis questions, including questions on contestability, purpose and perspective, and may alter the order of these questions. Please review the Modern History ATAR Course Year 12 Syllabus including the Examination design brief on p18.

The SCSA has indicated that for this year, the first year of the Year 12 WACE examinations, examination panels have been requested to reflect the online sample examination paper. There has not been a ruling that the source analysis questions will be set in the new course. This issue has been raised with the SCSA.

This means it’s important to make sure that your students know that the questions may appear in any order, so they are not surprised if the order is different to previous papers. This includes the possibility that source analysis questions previously used specifically in Unit 3 and Unit 4, may be used in either Unit.

A good way of preparing your students for this possibility is to provide them with our standard source analysis questions in different orders as part of your teaching program. These questions are all available online, along with marking keys. I would recommend teaching how to answer the source questions from the beginning of Year 11 so they are confident in what the questions are asking by the time they reach Year 12.

Other changes that you should be aware of to the Design brief for 2016 include:

  • there are now four sources for each elective
  • Section Three: Source analysis now has five questions worth 25 marks in total
  • the question in the initial sample support materials based on ‘message and tone’ has been revised and ‘tone’ has been removed. This sample question is now based on message only and is still worth 3 marks. I would suggest that teachers view the online sample marking key to see what is expected for a 3 mark answer.

A document summarising the syllabus changes, as provided in the 11to12 Circular Edition 10 2015, is available at:

To access the sample assessment tasks, the sample examination and other support documents, visit:

Have a wonderful term 3,

Cathy Baron

AISWA PD Event 21st October 2016
Join us for a wonderful day of Personal and Professional Learning immersed in Noongar culture at Kings Park:

Suitable for every educator

·All year levels

·All subject areas

·Build your own capacity and confidence to know about and teach Aboriginal history, culture and heritage

Please register now via the AISWA PL Calendar

Friday 21 October 8.30am to 3.30pm Kings Park Education Centre

Register HERE 

PD including  National History Challenge discussion for Primary and Secondary Teachers June 18th 2016, and for Year 12 Teachers of Middle East and Europe June 28th 2016.

See under the upcoming events tab for details. June 18th Inquiry PD at Mt Lawley SHS. June 28th after school on Year 12 course for Middle East ( Perth Modern School) and Europe (Applecross SHS)

Stories of Place Conference
AISWA PD for History Teachers, English Teachers and Librarians

A conference day of maritime storytelling featuring award-winning writers and historians. Journey from geographical locations around the world to the Western Australian coast, where the past meets the present and hear stories of exploration, discovery and adventure to ignite your own sense of place and inspire your students. Learn how historical objects, questioning and research come together as our expert writers share their passion and skills.

The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Gary Crew. Other writers include Norman Jorgensen, Mark Greenwood, Mike and Joy Lefroy.

This conference day is hosted by WA Museum (Maritime and Shipwreck Galleries) and supported by the History Teachers Association of WA (HTAWA) to coincide with the 400th Anniversary of Dirk Hartog's expedition and the 25th Anniversary Edition of Gary Crew's Strange Objects.

You will Gain:

  • Knowledge of WA maritime history to enhance your own understanding and inspire your students
  • Practical insights into the historical inquiry process from professional historians and writers
  • History and Geography skills through workshop activities
  • The opportunity to experience a walking tour with a Fremantle historian
  • Access to online resources, featured publications and a meet and greet (book signing) session with the writers

July 22nd. Register here to recieve a HTAWA members discount.

Student Seminar Day

The History Teachers’ Association of Western Australia is one of the leading providers of student seminars and WACE History revision programs in Western Australia.

HTAWA is a non-profit organisation and all our seminars are conducted by well respected and experienced History teachers and WACE markers.

DATE:            Saturday 7th May 2016 

TIME:             9.00am – 12.30pm (Registration – 8.30am)

VENUE:         Education Building

                       University of Notre Dame, Fremantle

                       Corner of Croke Street and Cliff Street, look for the signs!

COST:           $20 (Year 11 sessions)

                       $25 (Year 12 pre-ordered and pre-paid tickets)         

                       $30 (Year 12 on the day)                          

No Charge for HTAWA Members

Book online here

HTAWA Teacher Workshops

HTAWA is running two professional learning opportunities for History teachers on the Saturday 7th May to coincide with the Student Seminar Day. Aimed at supporting teachers to implement the upper school curriculum, these sessions will focus on practical support in teaching, developing and assessing source analysis skills.

Session 1 is aimed at supporting ATAR courses, using real examples to show how to support your students in improving their skills in source analysis.

Session 2 is aimed at supporting General courses, with a specific focus on the Externally Standardised Task (EST).

The sessions are concurrent, will run for 2 hours (9.30-11.30) and will be in Tannock Hall at Notre Dame University.

The sessions are free for HTAWA members or $20 for non-members, you need to register online here.

Booktopia Discount for HTAWA Members Updated May 2016

New releases available May 2016. Have a look at the books here and then go back and log into the members section for your special HTAWA members only code for a 5% discount for books from Booktopia. The discount does not apply to shipping. You must remember to apply this code before finalising your purchase to get the discount.

HTAA e-Bulletin April 2016
The April 2016 e-Bulletin showcases what is happening around Australia in the History teaching community.  Check out news from all the states and territories here.

Important for Year 12 Teachers.

Change to sample exams in Modern History and Ancient History. See this circular from SCSA below or on their website. This issue will be further discussed at the HTAWA Conference on March 19th.

ATAR course sample 2016 examinations

Kerry Cribb (08) 9273 6787

The following sample 2016 ATAR course examinations and marking keys have been modified.

Ancient History, Chemistry, Drama, Earth and Environmental Science, English, English as an Additional Language or Dialect, Literature, Media Production and Analysis, Modern History, Mathematics Applications and Mathematics Methods.

These sample examination materials are at Click on the Humanities section.

Professional Learning Opportunity for Primary Teachers at WA Museum
Click here for details for PD on WA Shipwrecks

Storify for #histedchat 2nd March 2016
Storify here

Teachmeet WA GLAM 25th Feb 2016
Storify here

Interested in Presenting at the 2016 Conference?

Please see here

Dirk Hartog Resource now available
HTAWA is very excited to announce the release of a new teaching resource for the 2016 school year.

With this year being the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog's encounter with Western Australian shores, the resource supports Year 3 and Year 4 History teachers and students alike.

The Hartog 1616-2016 teaching resource is presented by the Western Australian Government through Royalties for Regions, HTAWA and the Western Australian Museum.

The resource is available to all teachers at Dirk Hartog 1616 - 2016.

The AGM will be held on Friday 6 November 2015.
Merredith Southee will introduce a new resource developed by HTAWA commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Dirk Hartog's expedition.
This is also an opportunity for HTAWA to gain feedback on the new ATAR and General courses.
We would also love to hear your feedback on the 2015 WACE exams.
When: 4.30pm Friday 6 November
Where: Oxford Hotel, Leederville

All exising HTAWA members are welcome to attend.

Warwick PD resources available

The Unit 3 and 4 PD on Saturday 22nd August provided an opportunity for teachers to gain a greater understanding of the new Year 12 ATAR electives. Resources from the PD are available in the Members section and will be added to as more come to hand.

2016 WACE ATAR resources
SCSA has uploaded more resources to support teachers as they plan for Year 12s in 2016.  This includes sample course outlines for Unit 3: Australia 1918 - 1955, Russia and the Societ Union 1918 - 1945, and China 1935 - 1989 as well as Unit 4: Australia's engagement with Asia, the Struggle for peace in the Middle East and The changing European World since 1945.
Sample assessment outlines and a sample ATAR exam are also available.

These resources can be found on the SCSA website here.

2017 HASS Curriculum for Western Australia released
SCSA has published the new Western Australian Curriculum for 2017 on its website.  This incorporates History within HASS which has been achieved by modifying aspects of the existing Australian Curriculum.  History and Geography are taught from P-10; Civics and Citizenship is taught in Years 3-10; and Economics and Business is taught from Years 5 – 10.  This has implications for the time allocation for each discipline within each year level.

A single Achievement Standard for HASS has also been developed incorporating History; Geography; Civics and Citizenship; and Economics and Business knowledge and skills.

Whilst implementation is still some time away we encourage all teachers to examine the documentation in detail.  Some teachers, particularly in secondary schools, may need to make significant changes to the History component of their programming in light of the two mandated depth studies in Years 7 – 10.

Details of the curriculum are available here

National Family History Month
Information of programs from the State Library of Western Australia available here

Bulletins and Hindsight are in the Members Section
Contents pages of Bulletins from 2012 to May 2015 are available here. To access the actual magazines , you need to have a membership log in.

Historical Inquiry PD
June 13th 
Storify of tweets here
You Tube Link here
Some of the presentations here

TeachmeetWA June 4th State Library
Simon McKenzie (@connectedtchr) presentation about Haiku Deck here 
Agenda Here 
Storify of Tweets #tmwa History here
Youtube video of Teachmeet here ( approx 90 mins long. You need to fast forward tea break)

Link to
 Article Mentioning 2015 HTAWA Conference by Simon McKenzie

 Click here

Student Seminar Day

The History Teachers’ Association of Western Australia is one of the leading providers of student seminars and WACE History revision programs in Western Australia.

HTAWA is a non-profit organisation and all our seminars are conducted by well respected and experienced History teachers and WACE markers.

DATE:            Saturday 2nd May 2015  

TIME:             9.00am – 12.30pm (Registration – 8.30am)

VENUE:         Education Building

                       University of Notre Dame, Fremantle

                       Corner of Croke Street and Cliff Street, look for the signs!

COST:           $20 (Year 11 sessions)

                       $25 (Year 12 pre-ordered and pre-paid tickets)         

                       $30 (Year 12 on the day)                          

                       No Charge for HTAWA Members

Book online here

Australian History Competition

You can register for the Australian History Competition up until Friday April 24. If you haven't already done so have a look at it here.


Delegates to the 2015 HTAWA Conference can access some resources used on the day here.

These will only be available for a limited time


Connect Engage Respond

March 28th 2015

Mt Lawley Senior High School

See under Upcoming Events tab for details and Registration form.

Programme available here

Storify link for tweets from HTAWA Conference 2015

Click on the title of this post to go to the storify of the tweets that have the #htawa15

History, HASS and the 2017 Western Australian Curriculum

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority has been developing a revised Curriculum for Western Australian schools, and is also revising Achievement Standards.  HTAWA was not consulted during the development of the curriculum or achievement standards instead SCSA has worked with a team of selected teachers. 

HTAWA cannot endorse the proposed changes as we have had insufficient time with the documents to do so. 

Correspondence between HTAWA and SCSA is available in our Members section.

Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment briefings

HTAWA encourages its members to attend the briefings conducting by SCSA on the proposed Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment.  This event is for Principals and Deputies.

Maximising Feedback Workshop March 5th

Maximising Feedback Workshop March 5th Perth Modern School. 4.15 for a 4.30 start. More details under the upcoming events tab.


TeachMeet History June 4th. State Library of Western Australia 4.30 pm. Places filling fast. Free event in conjunction with TeachmeetWA and the State Library of WA. Click on the heading to go to Registration link

Department of Veterans Affairs Teachers Page

Link to Department of Veterans' Affairs ANZAC Portal


The HTAWA Year 12 Student Seminar Days will take place on the following dates:

Saturday 6 September - Bunbury Student Seminar Day (Manea Senior College). Click here for more information and to register.

Saturday 13 September - Metropolitan Student Seminar Day (University of Notre Dame, Fremantle). Click here for more information and to register.


All teachers of primary school history will be very interested in the following two articles.


The National Trust of Australia (WA) invites you to:
  • Enjoy morning/afternoon tea at Curtin Family Home
  • Come with family or friends to the Open Day and/or
  • Experience the wicked wit of the Prime Time cabaret show

Click here to access the flyer which contains all of the details.

Talk and Tour: Wednesday 10 September – Friday 12 September.

Open Day: Saturday 13 September