WOODBRIDGE Primary School has been named a national winner in the Anzac Day Schools Award after already winning a state award for its Australian light horse entry.
The judges said the school’s Year 4/5 students were inspired to learn more about the light horse after reading the book, Midnight: The Story of a Light Horse, by Mark Greenwood.
Students related to the relationship the main character had with his horse and researched the Australian Light Horse involvement in the Gaza campaign and used the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Anzac Portal and Australian War Memorial website to find information.
They also watched the film The Light Horsemen.
This led to students’ curiosity about who was involved and wanting to find out more.
Students found 800 soldiers were involved in the Battle of Beersheba and they found the names of those who were killed.
They created posters displaying information about these Light Horsemen which were displayed on the school’s memorial wall for everyone to see and pay their respects.
Thirty-one names were put on memorial crosses and placed at the front of the school for their Anzac Day service.
The students shared their learning and honoured those who had served through writing the Anzac Day service script which included details of the challenges and sacrifices made by the Light Horsemen.
Students invited the Kelmscott-Pinjarra Light Horse Regiment to attend the school’s Anzac Day service and lead the parade to the “poppy” field planting, share their knowledge and show their memorabilia from World War I and World War II.
Students sang We’ll take Beersheba by Lee Kernaghan to show the courage and hope that the men had for the future of Australia and wore plumed slouch hats which they later placed on the 31 memorial crosses.
Several veterans laid the Anzac wreath and were honoured for their service to Australia during past conflicts.
The veterans participated in the “poppy planting” ceremony and shared their
stories with the Year 4/5 students who thanked them for their courage.