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Humanities – Learning from Significant People of the Past

  • November 9, 2023

Humanities – Learning from Significant People of the Past

The goal of the Humanities Department has always been to engage our students with the past thinkers and doers of the world, and to have them think critically and examine why humankind has behaved and acted the way we have.

Last term, both Year 8 and Year 10 Humanities classes had the chance to examine individuals of impact throughout history, with Year 8 looking at the Middle Ages, and Year 10 looking at any significant individual of their choice, in the modern world.

I asked some of them what the greatest lesson was that they learnt from these people who have gone before, or who are still making an impact in our world today.

Laura studied Theodora, the wife of Justinian I in the 6th century, and she said “Theodora made a huge impact on history. Theodora was the first woman to rise up from poverty and make an impact in women’s lives. Theodora changed the way women were perceived in the best way possible.”

Lincoln studied Genghis Khan because “He [Khan] was very interesting and I have also always liked Ancient Asian History. He was in charge of one of the biggest empires in the world.” Lincoln said one lesson he learnt from Genghis Khan is that “time is the most important thing to have.”

Sarah learnt not to be cocky from studying Justinian I, and Josh learnt about overcoming career challenges, even after retirement, from Michael Jordan.

Elizabeth researched Agatha Christie because of a lifelong love of her stories, and learnt “that even when you are gone, you can still influence the world so much.”

Kya learnt about Martin Luther and his courage when writing the 95 Theses. Kirra also researched the life of Martin Luther and found “that if something is happening that you disagree with, don’t just sit there and stay quiet.”

Samantha studied Leonardo da Vinci and found that he was so much more than just ‘the Renaissance Man’.

According to Euan, “Guy Fawkes was actually a terrorist. His actions have been romanticised by the ‘V for Vendetta’ movie and that has turned him into a symbol of resistance and protest.”

Caitlin looked into Taylor Swift and discovered “just how many contributions she has made to charities and organisations, as well as other famous artists. It [Caitlin’s research] really displayed a fragment of her character that not many people are aware of.”

Let me encourage you to look into significant people of the past just like these students, because it is those that have gone before that have made our world what it is today.

Rhiannon Vaoesea, Head of Humanities

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