School aims to recreate life in the trenches
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.