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Getting the Big (History) Picture with Bill Gates


Stanthorpe State High School has now become one of the schools worldwide to introduce the new subject, Big History, to Junior Secondary. Developed by Macquarie University Professor David Christian and financially supported by philanthropist and businessman, Bill Gates, Big History is a multi-disciplinary course which provides students with the tools to make sense of their world. By identifying the most significant moments since the beginning of the universe as thresholds of increasing complexity, the subject challenges students to think critically and broadly and develop a passion for inquiry and exploration.

Currently, Year 7 and 8 students are undertaking an introductory course which has been named Global Investigations. But it will be offered as an Elective course in Year 9 and 10 from 2017. Global Investigations will develop students’ thinking, analysing and applying skills which will prepare them for greater success in their Senior studies and in the workforce of the future.