Last week Primary School students reflected on the importance of the Anzac tradition by attending our annual Anzac Day commemorative ceremony.

After the ceremony, Year 3 and 4 students at the Mt Ridley campus put their understanding of their most recent History Units of Inquiry into action. Students participated in a range of meaningful activities that acknowledged the sacrifices and courage of our ANZACs. It was fantastic to see the Year 3 and 4 students working together, sharing their learning. Year 3s shared their understanding of commemorative events and the significance that Anzac Day has to our country and Year 4 students discussed their knowledge of the connection between Indigenous cultures, people and places.

One of the rotations asked students to explore the involvement of Indigenous Australians in WW1. They wrote letters to families from the perspective of an enlisted Indigenous Australian, highlighting their rights as ANZACs and their contribution to our nation.

Below is a letter written by Year 4 student, Aryan Suratwala.

Before I joined the army, I felt like I didn’t belong to the community. I felt like I couldn’t be a part of my own country. I couldn’t even get citizenship. People discriminate against me because of my skin colour and they look down on me.

However, now that I have joined the army, we are treated as one. There is no discrimination, and we help each other in times of need. I’m scared of dying but at least I feel like I belong.

A big thank you to all involved.

Hayley Buckley - Head of Learning - Humanities - Primary