School aims to recre­ate life in the trenches

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Pupils and teach­ers at St Theresa’s School in Plim­mer­ton have gained a glimpse of what it might have been like to have been at Gal­lipoli in World War I.

The chil­dren are study­ing the war as one of their ma­jor themes through­out the year be­cause it is the cen­te­nary of Gal­lipoli.

To give the study au­then­tic­ity, teach­ers dressed in uni­form as army per­son­nel or as An­zac nurses, as­sum­ing a per­sona and stay­ing in the role for the day.

One of the school’s par­ents, Paddy Han­non, an ex­pert on An­zac life in the trenches, helped the pupils dig an au­then­tic trench on the school field, com­plete with a sleep­ing al­cove.

The chil­dren sand­bagged around the edges of the trench to give it sta­bil­ity and strength.

As well as life in the trench, pupils ro­tated around a se­ries of wartime ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing con­scrip­tion, de­tail (work), get­ting fit, march­ing to mu­sic, work­ing in a field hos­pi­tal and eat­ing au­then­tic war-time food in the ‘‘mess’’.

The St Theresa’s mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion later this year will con­tinue the war theme.

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