The 2017 National History Challenge is open for school registrations.

The Menzies Foundation is sponsoring a special category in the National History Challenge for 2017, with primary school students encouraged to expand their knowledge of Sir Robert Menzies by answering the question ‘How successful was Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister in helping to create a better world in modern Australia?’

The 2017 theme for the National History Challenge is ‘Making a Better World’ and the growing competition is open to high school and primary school students around Australia.

The Menzies Foundation sponsors the special category ‘Robert Menzies and today’s Australia’ to help school children learn about the former prime minister and the significant changes which occurred in Australia under his 18 years of leadership. There will be nine special categories this year.

2016 saw a significant increase in school registrations and a 23 per cent increase in participation in the National History Challenge.

The research-based competition is designed to give students a chance to be an historian, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots.

To help students who choose the special category ‘Sir Robert Menzies and today’s Australia’, the Menzies Virtual Museum is a very good place to start researching:

The 2017 competition is open for teachers to register their schools now. More details can be found here:

Pictured is last year’s winner of the Menzies Foundation special category, Biruk Kahsay from St Monica’s Primary School in Footscray, Melbourne and his very excited little brother.