Anzac Day …… my thoughts

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Students in grade 6 were asked to write down their thoughts on Anzac Day, which is celebrated as a public holiday on April 25th. Here are a selection of their writings.

soldier clipartThe soldiers had a terrible time when landing in an area with steep cliffs. The second they walked onto land they were under attack.
The ANZAC soldiers fought all those years ago but for some it feels like yesterday.
You might never really understand what the soldiers went through but how would you like to see your friends die in front of you. It’s not a pleasant feeling.
Not many of those came home to their families so let’s remember them who went to war and fought for our country. 

A is for Australians, all brave, young and old,
N is for Nights, spent in the cold.
Z is for Zany young men, happily joining the throng,
A is for All of the wiling ones being proved wrong.
C is for Crying for all the lost souls,

ANZAC will be remembered all over the world.

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April 25th 1915
ANZACS landing in Gallipoli
A terrible mistake by allies alike
As dawn breaks to end the night
Turkish soldiers waiting up top
Letting off  their guns with a defining pop
Anzacs falling by the dozens
And weeks later grieving cousins
     

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I feel the soldiers being brave
As they fight the good and bad,
They fought so well,
They saw the dead right next to them – they looked so sad, 
We feel as happy for the Australia and the New Zealand soldiers as we should.  

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The brave Anzacs went to war at a young age.
Fighting for our country’s reputation.
ANZAC day is a time for remembrance for our brave courageous young men.
Not many survived the war at Gallipoli against the Turkish solders at the top of the cliff.
Some people remember it like it was still happening today.
ANZAC day means to me that I respect the brave young men and women that fought in all wars and conflicts. To me it also means that I thank the men and women that created Australia’s reputation.

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Anzac day  is a day to remember,
The tough, strong solders,
That died a terrible frightening death,
And those worried families,
Hoping that their young digger,
To open the door,
To say the war is over,
But only the very few did.

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ANZAC day is a day to remember those brave, courageous, young men who gave our country a great reputation. The war told everyone that the Australian soldiers are the bravest men.
The soldiers had a terrible time when landing in an area with steep cliffs. The second they walked onto land they were under attack.
The ANZAC soldiers fought all those years ago but for some it feels like yesterday.
You might never really understand what the soldiers went through but how would you like to see your friends die in front of you. It’s not a pleasant feeling.
Not many of those came home to their families so let’s remember them who went to war and fought for our country. 

Biscuits for Anzac Day

 Our students have been busy baking Anzac Biscuits for Anzac Day

anzac biscuity

Anzac biscuits originated in Australia and are a popular biscuit . Initially these biscuits were called Soldiers’ Biscuits, but after the landing on Gallipoli on Anzac Day, they were renamed ANZAC Biscuits.

Recipe

1 cup plain flour
1 cup rolled oats (regular oatmeal) uncooked
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp golden syrup (or honey)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp boiling water
Method

Combine the flour (sifted), oats, coconut and sugar in a bowl.
Melt the butter and Golden Syrup (or honey) in a saucepan over a low heat..

Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the water and add to the butter and Golden Syrup.

Pour the liquids into the dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon dollops of mixture, about the size of a walnut shell, onto a greased tin leaving as much space again between dollops to allow for spreading.

Bake in a moderate oven, 180C / 350F, for 15-20 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack and seal in airtight containers.

Someone's trash is another person's treasure

 Some of the stalls

Our school held a ‘trash and treasure’ day, one week ago. As there were many ‘treasures’ Our principal cooks the bbqstored under the school eg unused chairs, tables, desks, timber etc, it was decided to sell this in order to add funds to the parents club and enable special project requests from staff, to be funded. Various stalls were set up, including the popular cakes and produce stall conducted by the parents club. Outside vendors also came in selling ‘trash’, plants and flowers. A spinning wheel proved to be very popular and a great money spinner.

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Our principal, with two other capable parents provided a  bbq for lunchtime appetities and the country style devonshire teas, comprising home made scones and jam also proved  popular. Overall, it was a great day, the sun shone and money was raised. 

Popular scones for devonshire teas

We escaped our backyard!!!!!

 Cows Create Careers

 Escaping calves being walked back to school

Students in years 9 and 10 who are studying agriculture, are taking part in the successful ‘cows create careers’ program. Two calves,lhosted to us by local dairy farmers, live at school for 3 weeks. In this time, students are responsible for feeding, caring for them and learning animal husbandry practices. They are weighed twice weekly and reports are made at the completion of the project. At the end of the project, the schools involved in our area get together, and submit their reports to the other schools.

Two young calves were delivered to school yesterday and the proud new ‘parent’ 9/10 students, placed them in an enclosure and tended to their needs. To our horror, they escaped after only one night’s stay, and worked their way down to the back lane behind the school. Two year 8 girls were called upon to bring the escapees back to their home. A bucket of feed was used to cajole back up the dirt track, through the back gate and into their enclosure. Three staff were also on board to help tighten the enclosure, until the supervising teacher returned to school after lunch.

Fixing the enclosure

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My horrible day

 ants clipart

Students were given the prompt from squidoo. This is the response from a grade 6 student. 

Can this day get any worse?
First I had to eat coco pops and found ants crawling around in them. Secondly I had to have a cold shower and found my undies were all grubby. Thirdly I missed the school bus.

I finally got to school and my teacher Mr Grumpy wasn’t too impressed with me. He said that I had to stay inside at recess or I would have a week’s detention. At recess Mr Grumpy made me write 100 sentences, all saying I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I wondered why I couldn’t have a normal day like every one else. Third period we had library, I hate library, to me library is like a piece of rubbish.

Fourth period we had sport. In sport we had to run laps for the whole period. I fell over and scraped my knee. I had to sit in the office for the rest of the period. The last two periods we had maths. We had to sit in the classroom and do incredibly hard worksheets.

Finally, it was home time. I was called to the office, I hate going to the office, then I found out I had to go to Aunt Susie’s. Aunt Susie is the horriblest Aunt ever. When I got there, She made me wash the dishes and clean the house and make it spotless. Aunt Susie put her feet up and relaxed while having a mug of hot chocolate while I had to work really hard.

When I finally got home mum gave me a gig hug. “What was that for?” I asked.
Mum smiled “You looked like you could do with a hug,” she said. Then dad came in, looked at me, smiled and scruffed my hair.
“How’s my princess?” he asked. So my really, horrible, very bad day was going to have a happy ending after all, maybe it was worth it.