Gemma Ruddy won the 2019 Queensland History Challenge for Year 4.
Gemma Ruddy won the 2019 Queensland History Challenge for Year 4.

Historian in the making

Young history buffs have stepped up to the challenge, with one Year 4 student from Dalby emerging at the top of the pack.

Dalby South State School student Gemma Ruddy secured the title as Year 4 Queensland State Winner of the 2019 National History Challenge this month with her research project on Dame Quintin Bryce.

“I researched Dame Quentin Bryce for the People and Power National History Challenge because she is an inspiring role model for every young woman out there as she ser-ved as the 25th Governor-General of Australia,” Gemma said.

“The reason she is an inspiring woman of tomorrow is because she was the first ever woman in Australian history to hold this position.”

Gemma was one of 19 Year 4 and 5 students from the DSSS Enrichment Program to take part in the challenge.

Of those 19, 14 achieved bronze level results in the state coopetition.

Enrichment teacher Renitta Flynn said the challenge lets students have ownership in researching someone of interest to them and the historical aspect of how they contributed to Australia and Australia’s history.

“The theme for 2019 was People and Power,” Ms Flynn said.

“The students were given an additional challenge within the Dalby South Enrichment Program of paperless learning to complete their research, compose an essay of 400-800 words, a 50 word description plus a bibliography using laptops by the National History Challenge deadline.”

Other well-known people the students chose to research included Ned Kelly, Donald Bradman, Cathy Freeman and Nova Peris among many others.


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