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When: Friday 9 September 2016, 9:30am (registration) to 3:15pm
PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled
Where: Dixson Room, Mitchell wing of State Library of NSW
Cost: $150 (General Admission), $100 (HTA/HCNSW members) / $55 (Pre-service/Student History teachers)
This event is BOSTES/ QTC endorsed.

The History Council of NSW and History Teachers’ Association of NSW is proud to present a professional development opportunity – ‘Australia’s Asia-Pacific Neighbours’. This professional development conference will give teachers the opportunity to hear keynote lectures from noted academics and historians on topics aimed specifically at the NSW History syllabus.

Dr Stephen Gapps, is currently Vice-President of History Council of NSW, Secretary of the Professional Historians Association of NSW & ACT (PHA), and curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. He curated a successful exhibition on the Black Armada and Australia’s role in the Indonesian independence struggle. This fascinating area of history, relevant to Stage 5 History and Modern History, will form the basis of his presentation.

Dr Frances Steel specialises in the Pacific World at the University of Wollongong. Her expertise in maritime history and patterns of mobility across the region will provide an essential historiographical background to the Stage 4 study of Polynesian expansion, as well as the movement of peoples across the Pacific in the Stage 5 course.

There will also be workshops conducted by Sharon Champagne and Robyn McKenzie, looking at programming options which will assist teachers in programming Indonesia and the Polynesian Expansion in their classrooms. The day will conclude with a panel of the speakers, allowing participants to ask questions related to teaching the new NSW History syllabus.

This is a unique event for History teachers, and we are proud to be able to bring you this opportunity during History Week.


9.30am Registration
10.00am Welcome
10.10am The Black Armada and Australia’s role in the Indonesian independence struggle
Dr Stephen Gapps, PHA NSW&ACT and Australian National Maritime Museum
Morning Tea
11.20am WORKSHOP: Teaching Indonesia in the classroom
Sharon Champagne, 2015 NSW Premier’s HTA History Scholar & Bega HS
12.20pm WORKSHOP: Programming the Polynesian Expansion
Robyn McKenzie, HTANSW and The Hills Sports HS
1.20pm Lunch
2.00pm Understanding the Polynesian expansion in the Pacific
Dr Frances Steel, University of Wollongong
2.50-3.15pm PANEL – All speakers

Ticket price is GST inclusive and includes catering (morning tea and lunch) and access to an online resource booklet.

The Professional Development Day is a co-joint event organised by the History Council of NSW and the History Teachers’ Association of NSW.

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