Schools get in Anzac spirit

Hardtack biscuits, tinned corned beef, and poppies have been on the menu this week with Tauranga schools digging deep into Anzac history.

Children headed back to school this week full of Anzac spirit, helping make white cross and red poppy installations for their school entrances, including Greenpark, Gate Pa, Welcome Bay, Oropi, and Te Puna.

Te Puna School’s ‘field of remembrance’. Photo: Te Puna School.

Many schools also held Anzac assemblies on Friday.

A Tauranga Primary School facebook post reads: “Anzac assembly followed by hardtack biscuits, tin corned beef, water and jam in the "trenches" for the Year 5&6 learners”.

Te Puna School principal Neil Towersey says the school has made the most of Anzac Day falling in line with the school term, implementing the day’s history into their social science curriculum.

And the pupils enjoyed spending the week constructing white crosses and red poppies.

“The crosses come from a Ministry of Education kit that we were able to apply for which is quite a cool thing.

“So we thought we would go a step further and get all the kids [about 250] to make a poppy for an installation [at the school’s entrance].

He adds: “We got lots of toots, and locals shouting appreciatively from their cars as we assembled it.”

The installation ties in with there being a Te Puna hikoi for Anzac this morning – walking from the water’s edge all the way along Te Puna Road to the Te Puna War Memorial Hall.

“It’s encouraging people to share their stories and their memorabilia along the way, and that’s our contribution.”


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