Our mini ANZAC Memorial service

Yesterday, 24th April, our whole school participated in a mini ANZAC Day service. 

Councillor Graham J Christie, a Veitnam Veteran, attended and was Master of Ceremony throughout the service. Students from Grade 5 and 6 did selected readings in preparation for today’s official ceremonies. Some other students had undertaken private research related to ANZAC Day and also shared their personal thoughts and stories with us. 

We heard the bugle play the “Last post” and then we all observed one minute silence. Following that, the bugle played “Reveille“, a tune that symbolises a new day, a new beginning and moving forwards in peace.

The Grade 3/4 students were extremely fortunate to have had Angelica’s dad,  Warrant Officer Class 2, Peter Daniels, who visited our classes and talked about his 28 years of service in the Australian Army. Using a map of the world, Peter showed us where he had been posted during various missions. He showed photographs from when he was a young soldier in training and also brought along his medals, explaining the meaning of what each medal represented, and why he had received them all. We found out many interesting facts and Peter answered a range of interesting questions that were asked.

We thank both of our special visitors for coming to Point Lonsdale Primary School and helping us to understand, learn and recognise the great significance that ANZAC Day represents. It was truly an honour to have them both visit our school.

Other students including Tanika, Angus, Eliza, Livia, Nellie, Tarshie, George and Grace brought along historical artifacts, medals and stories about relatives who have served our country or been directly affected by war.

Thank-you to all the students who, with their families, attended the Dawn service this morning or who marched in the Parade. Thank-you also for those who brought along flowers for the beautiful wreaths that have been laid at the base of our flagpole and at the local cenotaph.

Lest We Forget

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What does ANZAC Day mean to you?

In the weeks leading up to ANZAC Day, what has been the most important thing that you have learnt?

With your understanding, what do you think is meant by the Aussie Spirit?

Welcome back- Term 2 begins…

Welcome back everybody! After a two week break which included Easter we are now into our second term. This week is a very short week as we had Easter Monday off and have ANZAC Day holiday this Friday, 25th April.

Part of our Australian History study this afternoon was reading a well known song “I was only nineteen”. This song was originally written by John Schumann and was released back in the 1988 sung by a well known Australian band, “Redgum”.

In pairs,we read through the verses of the song and wrote notes, questions and used dictionaries to help us comprehend and understand, in greater detail what the song was all about. 

Here are the lyrics to the song “I was only nineteen”

 I was only nineteen

Mum and Dad and Denny saw the passing-out parade at Puckapunyal
It was a long march from cadets.
The sixth battalion was the next to tour, and it was me who drew the card.
We did Canungra, Shoalwater before we left.

And Townsville lined the footpaths as we marched down to the quay
This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean.
And there’s me in me slouch hat with me SLR and greens.
God help me, I was only nineteen.

From Vung Tau, riding Chinooks, to the dust at Nui Dat
I’d been in and out of choppers now for months.
But we made our tents a home, VB and pinups on the lockers
And an Asian Orange sunset through the scrub.

And can you tell me, doctor, why I stil can’t get to sleep?
And night-time’s just a jungle dark and a barking M16?
And what’s this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?
God help me, I was only ninteen.

A four week operation when each step could mean your last one on two legs
It was a war within yourself.
But you wouldn’t let your mates down til they had you dusted off
So you closed your eyes and thought about something else.

Then someone yelled out “Contact!” and the bloke behind me swore
We hooked in there for hours, then a Godalmighty roar
Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon,
God help me, he was going home in June.

I can still see Frankie, drinking tinnies in the Grand Hotel
On a thirty-six hour rec leave in Vung Tau
And I can still hear Frankie, lying screaming in the jungle
Til the morphine came and killed the bloody row.

And the Anzac legends didn’t mention mud and blood and tears
And the stories that my father told me never seemed quite real.
I caught some pieces in my back that I didn’t even feel
God help me, I was only nineteen.

What did you feel when you first read this song?

Why is it important for us to learn about events that have occurred in Australia’s History?

ANZAC Day, 25th April

Australian soldiers in trenches at Gallipoli, 1915Diary of Gallipoli: entry for 25th April 1915. Diary of 494 Sergeant Joseph Cecil Thompson, Gallipoli 25th April 1915. Pages  four and fiveVatan Bekçisi / Country Guardcrew of HMS Edgar circa 1915
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This week a major part of our learning has revolved around Australian History.

Each of us was given an individual mission, that involved us having  to find out at least five facts  related to Anzac Day.

This mini research project focused around the website hhtp://army.gov.au

We began reading information and made notes on facts that we didn’t already know.

We then put the information into our own words and presented our information into a published paragraph.

Many of us have already displayed our final copies. Stay tuned to see how we have presented our information.

Lest We Forget

Pictures taken from “Stock Poppies images”

We will remember them