Students delve into ANZAC history

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Students delve into ANZAC history

Year 6 students from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School visited Albany last week to deepen their understanding of Australia’s war history.

With ANZAC Day fast approaching, it was an ideal time for students to learn about the impact of wars on Australia as a brand-new democracy during the first half of the twentieth century.

Year 6 teacher Mrs Michelle Waddingham said the topic of ‘Australians at War’ had been a focus throughout the term as part of the students’ English and integrated Humanities and Social Science (HASS) studies.

“The most effective type of learning is where students make real world connections and all of the activities in Albany enabled them to do that,” Mrs Waddingham said.

The students visited the National ANZAC Centre and explored exhibits around the Centre as well as visiting the old Albany Cemetery to identify war heroes buried there.

“I really liked the way the ANZAC Museum was presented.  They put in lots of detail, it was easy to read and understand and you could learn information very quickly,” Year 6 student Rowan Carlisle said.

Seeing Breaksea Island was also a highlight for the students to add realism to their study of the novel Light House Girl by Dianne Wolfer, a historical fiction based on factual recounts of a young girl who lived on the island during World War 1.

The trip provided an opportunity to reinforce in-class learning of Australia’s involvement in war, which included the recreation of war diaries.

“I learnt what the soldiers went through.  I liked seeing the type of machinery they used,” student Ella Frost said.

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