School pupils pay tribute to sacrifices
The Central Stories WW100 school competition saw 19 Central Otago students awarded for their stories and paintings commemorating a century since the outbreak of World War I.
General manager Rachael Welfare said the judges were ‘‘thoroughly impressed’’ with the standard of entries and the massive variety.
‘‘The judges had a terribly difficult job picking the winners.
‘‘Congratulations to everyone, there really has been a lot of effort and thought gone into all the entries.’’
. ‘‘The diagram on the whiteboard showed the western Front in perfect details. The teacher was dictating to the student, to all but one. That one was staring out the window thinking about leaving home, sailing on a ship to a foreign world, killing men from that foreign world, returning home a killer if you arrived back at home at all. The red poppy on her chest shows her loyalty to the cause that saves the memory of thousands of troops. ’’ ‘‘He wasn’t sure where Turkey was or what was so important about Gallipoli. But he did know this was going to be an awesome adventure . . . He only meant to spend 5 minutes finding the answer, but it was at least an hour before he had come to satisfying and solid conclusion: what made the Gallipoli campaign important to NZ was because we lost a lot of men but also because it showcased New Zealand’s attitudes and attributes – courage, determination, practicality, ingenuity and loyalty.’’ ‘‘It is hard to think that an event as significant as Gallipoli can be a contested event amongst New Zealanders. However whenever there is one person who commends the battle of Gallipoli as the campaign which gave New Zealand it’s national identity, there will always be another
Scars of Gallipoli (Supreme Art Category Winner – Amy Hislop)
ANZAC in a Box (Primary Art Winner – Xavier Sanders)