Level 1 History

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

Recommended Prior Learning

This course has no prerequisites; open entry for all.

History is the branch of knowledge that deals with past events, especially human affairs. An understanding of the past helps us to comprehend the world we live in today and to avoid mistakes in the future. Our history gives us identity as people. Studying History helps us to become discerning thinkers. 

A wide range of resource materials are used at Level 1 History and skills are developed in many areas. 

Course Overview

What is taught in courses varies from year to year. This course could include:
Topics for study include the origins of World War II, Protest in New Zealand, and an independent research topic.


Social Science


Level 2 Classical Studies, Level 2 History

History and Classical Studies are helpful in careers such as journalist, lawyer, teacher, museum curator, archaeologist, archivist, writer, librarian, tour guide, travel agent, etc.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a full-day field trip to Lyttelton that includes a cemetery visit. Contribution of $10-$20.


Please note that courses will go ahead only if student numbers, staffing, and timetabling allow it.  Where a subject is oversubscribed, and there are insufficient numbers or resources to create an extra class, a ballot system may be applied.  


The Board of Trustees has again asked to opt into the Ministry of Education donation scheme. Doing so resulted in the ability to waive student fee donations. Kaiapoi High School aims to deliver quality educational courses over and above those that which is funded by the Ministry. It is likely the School will opt into the donation scheme for 2023, however parental contribution for the costs of trips and activities where participation is optional, and/or components not covered by the Government grant, may be requested. We appreciate the financial support our families make to the School.