On Thursday 23rd April 2015, Gleneagles commemorated the 100th Anniversary of our nation’s involvement in WW1 with a variety of events. Year 9 students saw an innovative theatre presentation which explored the ANZAC story. The Journey of Remembrance was a Victorian Government production and each student received a commemorative information pack. Year 8 students met the author of the very moving book In Flanders Field, Norman Jorgensen. He shared the inspiration behind his book and gave students an insight into what life was like for the soldiers in battle. The Australian Great War Association visited us and filled the library with memorabilia from the Wars. This hands-on display allowed students to try on uniforms, handle real objects from the battle fields and ask lots of questions. Wayne dressed up as an actual digger and told the Year 7 students about his grandfather who landed at Gallipoli. His wife, Lyn, wore the costume of a woman of the time. We finished with a very moving ANZAC service conducted by our Junior College Captains, Kameron Lai 8E and Noora Chatrary 9E and College Activities Captain, Fatima Mozaffari 9E. Congratulations to all the students in attendance. They were very respectful.
Teachers provided lots of ANZAC activities in their classes. Students made ANZAC biscuits, created WW1 planes, produced ceramic poppies for a feature wall, wrote stories and poems for English, produced posters for Humanities as they explored local war veterans, generated amazing statistical charts depicting our involvement in the war for Maths, acted out scenes in Drama, just to mention a few. It was a whole school involvement which gave meaning to our participation in war and allowed us to reflect on and remember those who gave their lives for Australia.
Ray Heathcote, the Berwick RSL President said in his speech to the students at the service: –
“The challenge for all of us today, and into the future is to find answers to our human problems through words and negotiation, not through War, Violence and Oppression.”
Lynne Moller, Library Co-ordinator
L-R Back row: Blake Kerton, Blake Eims, Alastair Wright (Piper), Matthew Hines (Cadets), Nicolle Morgan (Army Reserves), Ray Heathcote (President Berwick RSL), Ms Moller, Wayne and Lyne McAliece (Great War Assoc), Ian Arrell (piper), Shane Bird, Shaylee Mannings.
L-R Front row: Sarah Ghassali, Taylor Yucel, Angela Kavedzic, Kameron Lai, Noora Chatrary, Fatime Mozaffari, Ashleigh Morgan, Paulina Muliaga, Annabelle Geerdharry