Today we held our beautiful and very personal ANZAC Day ceremony, led by our Year 5 students and our School Captains. At the beginning of the year the Year 5 students were given the task of planning this very important event. They have spent a term researching the ANZAC spirit and, in particular, the School Honour Board that is in our Junior Hall. Through a problem based learning approach, they explored the events that happened at Gallipoli, identified the people from St Kilda Primary School (both teachers and students) who fought during the Great War. To represent this sacrifice, a line of crosses for some of the 531 people from SKPS was made between our school and the Gallipoli oak that was planted by our School Captains to commemorate 100 years since Gallipoli .
The RSL representative, Bruce Kidney, spoke to the school about the sacrifices that were made during the Great War and other wars and how we must remember them. One of the most touching moments was when 5 of the Year 5 children shared their own personal stories about family members who volunteered. Their stories were inspirational and certainly had the entire audience hanging on their every word.
As the School Captains read ‘In Flanders Fields’ each class laid a hand crafted wreath at the podium. The care and thought that had been put into each wreath was obvious and all the children showed respect and care when laying their wreaths.These are now displayed in the Main Building near the Office area if you would like to pop in and have a look.
We wish to thank all our Year 5 children, their teachers (Eric McCann, Cassandra King and Jo Atchison) and to Robyn Tan for their work and passion for this project.