ANZAC Day at Kapooka Public School

With so many of our families connected to the defence force, ANZAC Day is especially significant for the students at Kapooka Public. Staff spent several weeks talking to the children and focussing learning activities on aspects of the ANZAC story.

Our Defence School Transition Aide set up a display of fiction and non-fiction books in the library, for students to read and share.

Year 1 / 2 created artworks which were put on display on the school foyer.

Year 4/5/6 wrote stories and poems using their senses to explore a soldiers experience in the trenches.

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Leilani writes “I heard the sound of screaming…..of guns ringing….I see blood puddles…I touch the gun that I carry in my hand…..I smell the mud on the battlefield, I smell the gunpowder in the air…I taste the blood running down my face”.

Elizabeth writes ” I heard the distant sound of gunfire from the enemy….I see old dusty slouch hats lying on the battlefield…..I feel the cold comforting metal of my dog tags slung around my neck…..smoky air in my lungs……I still remember the taste of the smoke”.

Students and staff from our school were among the thousands of Wagga locals who gathered to acknowledge and thank servicemen and servicewomen, both past and present, at the ANZAC Day Parade along Baylis Street. Our 2018 captains wore their uniform proudly and showed great respect as they joined with students from other Wagga schools to lay a wreath at the base of the cenotaph.

A commemorative assembly was held in front of the school on May 1st. The service was led by our school captains, with many parents attending. Our special guest, Lieutenant James Gordon, spoke to the children making special mention of the important role family plays in the lives of service personnel and acknowledging that it is often difficult to be the ones left at home. We were led in a prayer of thanksgiving for those who have fallen and for those who continue to serve and protect. After the Ode was read the whole school stood in silence as Musician Timothy Williams, from Army Band Kapooka, sounded the Last Post and Rouse.  Mrs Linda Mee Defence School Transition Aide