Year 13 History went to the Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and Museum in Mt Cook to Research an New Zealand icon.

The Year 13 History Class ventured down south to investigate the life of Sir Edmund Hillary in the place where he learned the ropes.

They watched documentaries, interviewed mountaineers, explored the museum and even interviewed a Nepalese sherpa called Phurenje Sherpa.  Phurenje is a product of the education system setup in Nepal thanks to Sir Ed’s humanitarian work in the mountainous country.  He now works at Mt Cook as a guide and even has a son named Edmund Sherpa.

There were plenty of historical debates like who is the most significant figure in NZ’s history? How do you determine significance, and is climbing a mountain really that important?

“The level 3 History Camp was a massive learning experience about Sir Edmund Hillary, especially viewing the documentary ‘Hillary on Everest’.  Our class bond was strengthened due to this camp.” Iona Simpson

“Amazing scenery while getting to do our work in a cafe” Eljore Coetzee

“The main highlight, for me at least, was meeting Phurenje Sherpa, somebody whose life hinged and depended on services provided by Hillary’s foundation and the charities that Hillary donated to and campaigned for, and discovering an entirely different perspective that I understood was there, but was never fully engaged with, that being Hillary’s impact on the Sherpa people and how much they revere him for his charitable work. ”   Cleveland Greig

By Geordie Dann

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