Last month the Humanities faculty of Global Jaya International School held National History Day [NHD], a competition based on students doing research about a specific theme. NHD started in the USA in 1982 and has since become internationally recognized. Thousands of students participate every year and those with the best work go to the final event, which is held in June in Washington D. C.
NHD makes history come alive for our students and inspires them through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based learning, something I did not experience as a student. This experience also places higher confidence in GJIS that my two young children are assured of good quality education and learning other attributes critical for their future success
All students in Year 8 prepared an exhibit about a topic they chose that connected to the theme ‘Rights and Responsibilities in History’. Year 9 students presented their research in the form of a website. As NHD was open to students from other year levels, some Year 10/11 students also chose to submit exhibitions.
NHD at Global Jaya was fantastic! Student work was on display in the GJIS Theater, where judges assessed each project. A number of parents attended NHD. The students from Year 6 viewed the work as did many students from the Secondary School. After lunch, judges provided feedback to all students about their entries. NHD concluded with an assembly where the winners of different categories and year levels were announced. All students received a certificate of participation and GJIS winners have been encouraged to enter their work in the regional competition to be held at the British School in March.
Feedback from parents and students indicates how successful NHD was. A Year 6 student noted that “the students had a feeling of enthusiasm in explaining their work to visitors”. A Year 10 student commented that “I realized that there are many issues in the world of which I should be more aware”. A senior student felt that one thing that stood out was ‘the enthusiasm and passion of the students’. Still another used the word “Astonishing!” to describe the dedication the students showed for their work.
I will end this report about NHD with a comment from a parent. She said that “NHD makes history come alive for our students and inspires them through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based learning, something I did not experience as a student. This experience also places higher confidence in GJIS that my two young children are assured of good quality education and learning other attributes critical for their future success”.
Clearly NHD has become a significant part of the Humanities curriculum. We look forward to NHD 2015!
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