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Schoolchildren learn about national character and Anzacs

A Palmerston North primary school has celebrated the end of a term of learning about Kiwiana with a special Kiwiana day ending in an Anzac ceremony. 

Roslyn School teacher Kirsty Wilkinson said classes experimented with a huge range of arts, crafts and writing exercises about New Zealand, including building plaster volcanoes and sharing  lamingtons, pavlova and fish’n’chips. 

“It’s about an understanding of what makes you New Zealanders. We talk about how we’re unique as people, and how we’re unique as a whole country.

“Plus, it’s been an opportunity for kids to be able to share about their own uniqueness about how they make up a little part within that New Zealand.”

An important part of their learning was talking about the history of Anzac Day and its importance for the country now. 

“The kids really enjoy learning about their own country and the part that we’ve played in history,” Wilkinson said. 

“It’s a thing that all New Zealanders should acknowledge and celebrate.”

On Thursday the assembly sat in front of a display of white crosses, watched videos about New Zealand’s military and stood as the Last Post was played. 

Twelve-year-old Rory Johnson read the poem In Flanders Fields to the assembly. “Anzac Day is for those people who passed from the war, to remember them,” he said. 

“They helped and fought for us. I’m really happy that they did something good for us.” 

Linton soldier Sergeant Wayne Whittingham​ spoke to the children about the meaning of Anzac Day. 

“Today, it’s a commemoration of not just Gallipoli, but all the fallen soldiers from all wars New Zealand has served in,” he said.