Australian History Competition Report

This year Farrer entered the largest number of students in the school’s history into the Australian History Competition, beating last year’s record. Students from years 7-10 took part in the nationwide competition, and the students once again achieved outstanding results, with each year group scoring significantly higher results than the national average. In Year 10 over 94% of students achieved a Credit or higher, and 41% achieved a Distinction. In Year 9, 100% of the students who sat the exam achieved Distinctions. In Year 8, 30% achieved Distinction or higher, with 15% of students achieving High Distinctions. In Year 7, 63% of the students achieved Credit or higher, 18% Distinctions and 10% High Distinction. Overall, the students achieved the highest number of Distinctions and High Distinctions in Farrer’s history. These students have once again proven that history is as strong as ever at Farrer and will continue to be well into the future.

High Distinctions: Angus Toole, Hamish Grant, Maxwell Rumble, Ryan Marzato, Gavril Tan, Lewis Shepherdson

Distinctions: Ben Golland, Blake Morris, Bradley Froud, Fredrick Simpfendorfer, Jacob Smith, Ned Hoath, Walker Harrison, Alfred Milaor, Duncan McAdam, Tobias Kirk, Henry Johns, Luke Gentle, Oliver Sykes, Samuel Fox, Alexander Urquhart, Beau Berg-Williams, Luke Goodhand, Tristan Constantini.


WWI Living History – By Richard Lord

On Wednesday 28th May Farrer had a presentation of World War 1 relics and the reality of war. Shane from WWI: Living History started with the dark side of the war demonstrating an event in the trenches. The hardships of charging a trench being bombarded with bullets flying everywhere. In No Man’s Land you don’t shoot, don’t stop, you just run. It was a simple stalemate on the front. The atmosphere in the room really made us feel like we were there. He then asked a volunteer from the crowd to choose the selection of equipment and weapons. The first was a trench club. It wasn’t used for killing but used to daze and capture an enemy soldier. They used these prisoners to see where the enemy morale is at. Are they about to break or are they confident in their defence. Is it the right time to attack? He expanded on the attitudes of the soldiers. He used an example of a charge on the enemy trenches. A German soldier has surrendered before a charging Aussie and in the moment, Bang. The adrenaline and exhilaration made soldiers furious and kill those even surrendering. It takes them moments before realising what they had actually done. After the attack, they’ve captured some Germans. They would walk them behind the British lines in a single file. One Aussie man saw his friend die in front of him in this attack. He pulls the pin on a grenade, shoves it down a German’s uniform and pushes him in a crater. The German has no chance of survival. This showed the history students how war can take a massive toll upon men and how it changed them so much.

Other items such as the gas mask, gas alarm, periscope training rifle were also shown. The most interesting was how the rations for the allies were generally good. On the front line soldiers were provided ration bags. These consisted of corned beef, at least 3 biscuits designed to be crushed and added with water to make porridge and Oxo cubes were broken up to make a soup. The ration bag was essential in keeping those defending the trenches well-fed. From behind the front, stew, curry, cheese and other foods were given to the soldiers. When soldiers were on their breaks from the line they could travel to French towns and buy fruit and vegies, have a coffee, even go to a restaurant. He stated that the bad rationing was a myth. Shane showed us that war is certainly not a good thing and that we should learn from the hardships of not just World War I but all wars.

I’d like to thank Shane for a wonderful and interesting day.