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

"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

Looking Back

Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay.

Posted: Monday May 16, 2016

Good Morning Vietnam!

The excitement is certainly building as we count down towards Friday 15 April and get closer to our arrival in Southeast Asia.

Posted: Thursday April 7, 2016

Stray Thoughts from the History Department

As we approach the end of a busy term two, we have time to reflect on what the history department has been plotting.

Posted: Wednesday June 24, 2015