At St Philomena School, History is a core subject. Who were Plato and Aristotle? Cicero and Marcus Aurelius? Charlemagne and William the Conqueror? Lorenzo de Medici and Oliver Cromwell? By the end of grade seven, our children are expected to be well acquainted with them and all of the most important figures in Western history by the time they progress to high school.
Our view of history shapes the way we view the present, and consequently influences the choices we make in the future. The civilised west, in which Australia was founded and continues to subsist, is for the most part a product of political and cultural institutions forged in ancient times and developed over the last two millennia. To understand who and what we are, we must know whence we came.
The school is committed to fulfilling the requirements of the incoming National Curriculum. Nevertheless, it hopes to surpass them by providing the students with a thorough knowledge, not only of Australian but also of world history, from the classical world to the present.