History secondary schools' outreach programme

Year 13 day

Over recent years, History staff from Victoria University of Wellington, in conjunction with the Wellington Area History Teachers’ Association have run a Year 13 day for final year school students, typically in late August/early September. The purpose has primarily been to bring students together for a concentrated exposure to material relating to the curriculum, with a secondary purpose of bringing them to a university environment to meet their peers from other schools and to experience a taste of university-style lectures.

The half-day sessions have most consistently been offered on the 19thC New Zealand History option, but sometimes have also run with a parallel programme on the Tudor/Stuart option.

The New Zealand History programme has usually been divided into three segments of around an 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 have given a perspective on the topic paying attention to current historiography and the curriculum’s direction to think of points of change and issues of change. Examples of presentations given in the 19thC social movements and issues segment include 'Women, alcohol and the vote', 'Who makes history? Contemporaries or historians?', '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:

School visits

If you teach at a high school or college and want to bring your class to Victoria University of Wellington 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. Recent lectures given to visiting students include: '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:

New Zealand scholarship subject workshops

You may have students in your classes who are taking the NZ Scholarship exams. Victoria University of Wellington runs NZ Scholarship subject workshops in the September school holidays in several subjects, including History. Please contact Student Recruitment and Course Advice for details, course-advice@vuw.ac.nz.

Study at Vic day

Students can also speak with Victoria History staff by attending the University's Study at Vic day. History staff members will be available to answer informal questions at the School expo table.