History secondary schools outreach programme

Find out about our History outreach programme for high-school students.

Year 13 Day

History staff from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, in conjunction with the Wellington Area History Teachers’ Association, run a Year 13 Day for final-year high-school students. This is typically held in late August or early September.

The main purpose of the day is to give students concentrated exposure to material relating to the curriculum. A secondary purpose is to bring them to a university environment where they can meet their peers from other schools and experience a taste of university-style lectures.

The half-day sessions usually cover 19th century New Zealand history. In some years, we also offer the option of a Tudor-Stuart study programme.

Themes of the programmes

The New Zealand History programme on Year 13 Day is usually divided into three segments of around one hour each, with sessions focusing on:

  • the Treaty of Waitangi and race relations
  • economic growth and development
  • social movements and issues.

Presentations by University staff and other professional historians give a perspective on the topic, paying attention to current historiography and the curriculum’s direction while considering issues that have undergone change.

Examples of presentations given in the 19th century social movements and issues segment include ‘Women, alcohol, and the vote’, ‘Who makes history? Contemporaries or historians?’, and ‘Social order and the Demon drink’.

The themes for the Tudor-Stuart study programme vary according to the needs of teachers and students.

For more information about Year 13 Day, contact Prof Charlotte Macdonald.

School visits

If you teach at a high school or college and want to bring your class to the University for a school visit, we can also create a study programme for your students. History staff, if available, can give sample lectures that complement your curriculum in a classroom at the University. We can also arrange library tours.

School visits normally take place during the break between semesters in late June or early July. Lectures given to visiting students have included: ‘Gandhi and Indian independence’, ‘German unification in Austria and Bavaria’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘The French Revolution in world history’, and ‘Everyday communism: the USSR in the 1920s and 1930s’.

For more information on school visits, contact AProf Alexander Maxwell.

New Zealand scholarship subject workshops

If you're a secondary school teacher, you may have students in your classes who are taking the New Zealand Scholarship exams. The University runs NZ Scholarship subject workshops in the September school holidays in several subjects, including History. Student Recruitment and Course Advice can provide details. Get in touch for course advice.

Open day

Students can also speak with the University’s History staff by attending the University’s Open Day. History staff members will be available to answer informal questions at the School expo table.