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Tara’s History Department encourages our students to be critical thinkers who actively engage with history to understand the past, present and future. Our aim is to create the best environment for girls to investigate people, events and movements in Ancient and Modern History in great depth and detail. Tara’s History teachers provide lessons that are engaging, challenging and entertaining.

Our society is engaging with history more than ever. Historical films, novels, television programs and even video games are enjoying unprecedented popularity. The success of archival sites such as and television shows such as “Who Do you Think You are?” demonstrate the hunger to know more about who we are and where we come from.

Tara students share this passion for history, and this can be clearly seen in the popularity of all of our History courses and the great success of our girls.

The Tara History Department has a focus of providing the best possible environment for girls to study History. It is important to note that Tara’s History teachers believe that their role is not just to teach History, but to supply our students with the tools to carry out historical investigations and to follow lines of inquiry. While people, events and dates are important, our focus is also on movements, ideas, ideologies and recurring patterns that shape history.

Our courses are divided into Years 7-10 and Years 11 and 12.

Years 7-10

The Australian Curriculum has been implemented at Tara starting in 2014. Students in Years 7-10 are now studying the four major periods of:

  1. The Ancient World (Year 7)

  2. The Ancient to Modern World (Year 8)

  3. The Making of the Modern World (Year 9)

  4. The Modern World and Australia

The Tara History department has designed programs that are specifically tailored to the needs of our students to continue to make Tara the best place for girls’ learning.

In addition, Years 8, 9 and 10 have the ability to study Elective History.  This allows students to study issues such as terrorism, civil rights, children in history, heroes and villains, and film as history in more depth. Our courses have also been designed to enhance the girls’ literacy and numeracy skills to aid them in the NAPLAN examinations.

Years 11-12

Senior History courses offered at Tara are Ancient History, Modern History, History Extension and Studies of Religion. Our girls have excelled in these topics with numerous Tara students placing in the top 10 students in NSW during the past 5 years. Our current teaching staff contains two HSC senior markers and HSC markers in all four of the courses that we currently offer at Tara. We believe this is essential to provide girls with the best possible preparation for the demands of the HSC course.

Finally, we believe that History must be immersive. Excursions, incursions and themed days at the School are common. These experiences and tours to France, Germany and Italy help to move students’ learning beyond the classroom and provide them with experiences that will remain with them for life. History should never reside only in words on a page, rather it should be a living and breathing entity that should be experienced, discussed, debated, challenged and enjoyed

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