Durack School has once again been recognised in the Anzac Day Schools' Awards, with our school being named the NT winner for 2017. Students created a video presentation of “What Anzac Day means to Durack School?” encompassing all the activities students took part in to commemorate Anzac Day. The activities included learning through the Australian War Memorial's (AWM) Memorial Box program which contained lots of hands-on learning objects. Middle primary students took part in an exciting excursion to The Darwin Military Museum and saw history come to life through photos, movies and displays.
Mrs Hender's Transition class made Anzac biscuits and in the process learnt about their tradition through listening to the story Anzac Biscuits. The biscuits were packaged and sold by the Student Leadership Council in the school to raise money for the charity Soldier On. Another fund raising activity was for Legacy where the school sold poppies, badges and wristbands.
Students, parents and teachers of Durack School participated in the Palmerston Anzac Day march and ceremony. They marched proudly with veterans and current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members. Students laid a wreath they had made at the Palmerston Cenotaph during the ceremony. Several Defence students spoke on video about what Anzac Day means to them.
The school hall was decorated with poppies, slouch hats, donkeys and bugles made by students for the school’s Anzac Assembly. Students discussed the meaning behind the symbols. Current serving ADF members took part in the assembly. All classes made wreaths and laid them at the school’s remembrance cairn. After the assembly students were able to explore military vehicles and ask the visiting ADF members about their roles and equipment.
Finally, to reflect on learning around Anzac Day, Durack School held a competition. Younger students had to complete a colouring and research activity on Anzac Day symbols and older students had to do a creative response about what Anzac Day meant to them. The winners were announced at the Anzac Day assembly and they were presented with an Anzac Day book and a family pass to the Darwin Military Museum.
The judges of the Anzac Day Schools' Award commented that our the entry was comprehensive and original, with great engagement of the school community and ex-serving and serving ADF members. They also thought that student learning was evident and was well-integrated across the school, with student reflections showing that they had grasped what they had learnt over time. Our entry also included sample of Anzac biscuits for the judges!
Congratulations to Cassie Knight, our Defence School Transitional Aide for all of her hard work in collaborating the activities and entry for our school.
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