Scared Heart Girls College Oakleigh


History at Sacred Heart Girls’ College offers a range of exciting learning experiences that are diverse and travel across both continents and time.

From Ancient Greece and Rome to Civil Rights in the US and Australia, revolutions in Russia and France. Students are constantly stimulated and engaged. History is offered from Years 7-12. Further, we offer a range of co-curricular activities designed to enhance the students learning experience.

Year 7 girls develop important history skills such as learning the difference between primary and secondary sources as well as creating historical timelines. They enjoy creating a personal time capsule which they then open at the conclusion of Year 12.

A highlight of the Year 8 program is Medieval Day. Girls dress up for a day and participate in a range of activities that help them to better understand the way people lived. 

Our Year 9 City Experience combines aspects of Religious Education and History and is designed to develop critical thinking skills and independence as well as give students a better understanding of the Catholic Church in Melbourne as well an opportunity to experience significant sites in the city that relate to Australian History.

Year 10 History involves the study of World War II and together with the Religious Education department incorporates the study of the Holocaust and Judaism. Class work is augmented by visits to the Holocaust Centre and the Jewish Museum of Australia where students visit a local Synagogue and learn about the Holocaust from victims who reflect on their experiences. These experiences challenge our girls to question their thinking and interact with the people and artifacts from this period. They also remember those who served our country in the Pacific during WWII through their attendance at the Shrine of Remembrance for the Battle of Australia. Again this is a chance listen to the first hand accounts of the men and women who served our country.

VCE Australian History and Revolutions are offered in the senior years. Formal studies continue to be enhanced by diverse experiences including Anzac Day ceremonies and visits to the Immigration Museum.