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Giles wins History Teacher of the Year award

Giles wins History Teacher of the Year award

Humanities Co-ordinator and teacher of Classical Studies and Australian history at Nuriootpa High School, Mr Giles Bartram has won the prestigious South Australian History Teacher of the Year award.

The award was presented to Giles by the Minister for Education, the Hon Jennifer Rankine at the annual World Teachers Day Awards on October 31.

This event was hosted by the Council of Education Associations of South Australia and was held at the Educational Development Centre in Hindmarsh.

Giles was nominated for the award by The History Teacher’s Association of South Australia and says that his win was unexpected.

“The two most amazing things about receiving this award are that it was so unexpected and that it’s decided by other history teachers, my peers and people who are the most qualified to make this decision,” he said.

“Many other people could have been picked instead of me.”

Giles said that receiving the accolade was a great honour to him because other history teachers, including teachers from public, catholic and independent school sectors, made the decision.

“There are some amazing history teachers working in South Australian schools so to be acknowledged above them is truly humbling.”

The award is well deserved by Giles who has been active in presenting workshops at state conferences and has supported many other teachers statewide to implement the Australian Curriculum.

He is also a member of two advisory groups on Australian Curriculum and is involved in curriculum design at a state level, as well as being involved with moderation and exam marking for the SACE board.

As a passionate teacher of all his subjects, Giles said that he enjoys teaching history because it is a subject that involves critical and creative thinking.

“Students enjoy it and find it interesting,” he said.

“I’m especially passionate about teaching Australian wartime history because it’s such an integral aspect of our national heritage, particularly given the significance of the ANZAC Centenary at the moment.

“The reward of seeing students develop their skills and interests, the satisfaction of knowing that you can make a positive difference in their lives and the joy of doing something that I love is what I get out of teaching.”