“History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality; vitalises memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.” Cicero (106 BC-43 BC)
Understanding the linkages between past and present is absolutely basic for a good understanding of the condition of being human. History is not just ‘useful’, it is essential. The History syllabus at Waterfall College is brought to life by excellent documentaries and feature films. For example the Oscar-winning ‘Selma’ focuses on the life of Martin Luther King Jr and ties in beautifully with the Civil Rights Movement section of the Matric syllabus.
Much lively debate happens in class and students learn how current media events are connected to what is learnt in lessons. For example, the Syrian Refugee Crisis is linked to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict studied in the Grade 11 syllabus. Students visited the Holocaust Museum to learn a deeper understanding of the horrors of prejudice and stereotyping.
The subject of History develops critical thinking skills which stand the students in good stead for tertiary education. It also contributes to their becoming involved and discerning members of society.
Head of Department: Mr Allan Chandler