Extension History Essay Prize

2020 Extension Essay Prize 1st Place

Aden Weir (North Sydney Boys High School), with his teachers, Stuart Madgwick & Anastasia Kapetas

The Extension History Essay Prize is open to essays that:

  • Satisfy the requirements of the NSW HSC Extension Project
  • Are the product of genuine research
  • Represent 'interesting and well written history'
  • Do not present a significant overlap with other senior history syllabus content

NOTE: Special Category essays will be selected by the judging panel from essays entered in the HTANSW Extension Essay Prize, and must meet the same criteria

Entry Criteria

  • Entries are restricted to two per school (i.e. each school can select/enter its 2 best essays only)
  • All entries must be nominated by the school's History Head Teacher or Coordinator. That is, entries must be submitted by the nominating teacher. Entries submitted by students will not be accepted
  • Entries must be received by the closing date 
  • Entries must be an exact copy of the essay the student submitted to their school to meet the requirements for the HSC Extension History Project. That is, entries must meet the below Essay Requirements

Essay Requirements

Essays should satisfy the requirements of the NSW HSC Extension Project:

  • Consist of no more than 2,500 words
  • Include a bibiliography (but not an evaluation of any of the sources used)

Please also ensure:

  • Your essay has page numbers
  • Apart from the essay's PDF file name, do not write student's name, school or teacher on any page of the body of the document.


Submissions will be via electronic upload through the below link. 

Please follow the following FORMAT GUIDE for your entries:

  • Save your entry essay in PDF file format (max. size 3MB)
  • Use the following naming convention to save your PDF file with student's details: SURNAMEfirstname_School
  • Complete a separate entry form for each student
  • NOTE: Maximum of 2 entries per school only

CLOSED 16 September 2021


HTANSW Extension Essay Prize

Sponsored by the University of Sydney History Department

  • 1st Place: $400 
  • Runners Up Awards (3 awards): $200

Special Category "Generation to Generation Prize"

The Sydney Jewish Museum is offering a prize for essays on the topic of Holocaust history and/or the related area of genocide studies. Candidates are encouraged to undertake original research utilising the Sydney Jewish Museum's archive (particularly the SJM's growing oral history archive) and library/resource collection.

  • 1st Place: $300 
  • 2nd Place: $150


2020 Results

During 2021 a selection of prize-winning essays will be published in the March, June, September issues of our Teaching History journal.

2020 Extension Essay Prize Winners

(LtoR) Emily Hoare, Paloma Dearnley, Aden Weir


HTANSW Extension Essay Prize

1st Place

Aden Weir

North Sydney Boys' High School

Runner Up

Cate Armstrong

St George Girls' High School

Runner Up

Paloma Dearnley

Randwick Girls' High School

Runner Up

Madeleine Sloan

Sydney Girls' High School


Generation to Generation Prize – Sydney Jewish Museum

1st Place

Emily Hoare

Tara Anglican School

2nd Place

Jocelyn Li

Queenwood School for Girls


2020 Certificates of Excellence

Certificates of Excellence were awarded to the following students (in alphabetical order).

Annabelle Beazley

Arndell Anglican School

Charlotte Cameron

Cherrybrook High School

Grace Carey

Tempe High School

Samuel Dickson

Shore School

Emily Gardner

Loreto Kirribilli

Sebastian Hodge

Barker College

Mikaela Jago

Mt St Joseph's College, Milperra

Jinyoung Kim

The King's School

Natalie McMaster

GRC Oatley Senior Campus

Edward Morgan

The King's School

Mariya Poloziuk

Penrith Selective High School

Jonathan Sebban

Emanuel School

Jacob Starling

Shore School