Third history win for St Columba’s

St Columba’s Catholic Primary School Leichhardt North has scooped their third win in a row in the National History Challenge.

Year 6 student and school captain Elizabeth Day placed 1st in the NSW Years 5 and 6 division this year for her video presentation on the Glorious Revolution, performed in the style of a Horrible Histories news report.

Elizabeth heard about the Glorious Revolution when her mum was looking into it as part of her PhD studies. She immediately thought it would fit well with the challenge’s 2018 theme ‘Turning Points’.

“The Glorious Revolution of 1688-89 was when the English people and parliament invited their king’s son-in-law to invade, because the king was doing stuff without parliament’s consent,” she said.

The consistent link is the high quality of academic rigour and creative thought that the students have applied

– Cara Fletcher-Murphy

“He actually discontinued parliament at one point, and he made his own laws and ditched others.”

“Without it, the English parliament wouldn’t be the same. And the parliament in Australia is shaped by the English parliament, so it wouldn’t have the same amount of power and the same amount of freedom of speech.”

Elizabeth with past winner Caitlin McElligott.

The school topped the state in the Kindergarten to Year 4 division in 2016 and 2017, when students’ Sam Hogan and Caitlin McElligott were awarded first prize for projects on Australian colonisation and the Eureka Stockade respectively.

Teacher Cara Fletcher-Murphy has led all three students to success, and said while they chose different topics, their approaches were very similar.

“The consistent link is the high quality of academic rigour and creative thought that the students have applied,” she said.

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