School pupils pay trib­ute to sac­ri­fices

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - Ju­nior Writ­ten Win­ner (Hannah Hey­ward – Tom’s An­zac Jour­ney) Se­nior Writ­ten Win­ner (Emma Ma­heno – The An­zac Leg­end is only a Re­cently Cre­ated Myth)

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

Pri­mary Writ­ten Win­ner Pop­pies)

Scars of Gal­lipoli (Supreme Art Cat­e­gory Win­ner – Amy His­lop)

AN­ZAC in a Box (Pri­mary Art Win­ner – Xavier San­ders)

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