History is thriving at John McGlashan College. Taught by teachers who are passionate about history, this subject will assist students in developing their critical thinking, analytical and research skills and provide perfect grounding for tertiary study.

In year 11, students will be introduced to historical concepts and skills. Multiple historical contexts will be explored - World War I, Black Civil Rights and an introduction to the Cold War.

The two Indochina Wars and New Zealand’s involvement within them form the basis of year 12. A trip to sites of historical and cultural significance in Vietnam is proposed for 2016 and future students. 

The causes and consequences of the Holocaust are explored in year 13. Investigation of the forces at work - anti-semitism, eugenics, Nazism and the brutal context of world war is challenging and important. 

International Baccalaureate history is also on offer for Year 12 and 13 students. The two year diploma in history focuses on a range of topics, with a key focus on twentieth century history. Conflict and intervention in Rwanda and Kosovo, The Cold War, and the decline of Imperial Russia and rise of the Soviet state are just a few of the diverse topics that are covered in this challenging but rewarding course.

‘English-rich,’ history provides excellent grounding for a variety of career pathways and is a recommended subject for students interested in studying Law.

Gallipoli now and then interactive photographs

NZ history online

Vietnam 2018

32 students, 12 parents, and 4 teachers took a two-week adventure around Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam to immerse ourselves in the history, the culture, and get to know the people.

Posted: Thursday May 17, 2018

Holocaust survivors and psychological trauma

We were privileged to welcome Associate Professor Yoram Barak to our College on Friday 28 July 2017.

Posted: Friday July 28, 2017

An inheritance of silence

John McGlashan year 13 history students were privileged to host Rick Sahar and Chris Harris from the New Zealand Holocaust Centre.

Posted: Sunday May 7, 2017

"For the dead and the living, we must bear witness" - Elie Wiesel

Teachers Rachael Gardiner and Andrew Morrison were privileged to take a group of Year 13 history students to meet with a survivor from Hungary at the New Zealand Holocaust Centre, in Wellington, on August 4.

Posted: Wednesday August 10, 2016