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Remarkable War Heroes!

Checking out the Turkish Field Gun that is beside the Arrowtown war memorial  

  • Remarkable War Heroes!Checking out the Turkish Field Gun that is beside the Arrowtown war memorial
  • Remarkable War Heroes!The war medals on display at the museum
  • Remarkable War Heroes!The Arrowtown War Memorial students visited during the programme. Picture courtesy of NZHistory.

100 year 5 and 6 students from Remarkables Primary School visited the Lakes District Museum & Gallery today to learn about WWI and the Wakatipu regions war heroes.

This 2 hour programme included:

  • A PowerPoint presentation where students learned about local war heroes from the Wakatipu region. These heroes included soldiers and nurses.
    We discussed the meaning of the word hero, and who the word could be applied to – including WWI soldiers and nurses, family members, and members from the community who had done something brave.
  • Students were then shown, and had the opportunity to handle trench art which was made in the trenches. Living conditions in the trenches were discussed.
  • Students were shown a display of medals in the museum earned by nurse Mildred Rees whose father founded Queenstown.
  • Students were then taken up to the Arrowtown war memorial, where students discussed and learned the importance of war memorials and why they are built.
  • The trip to the war memorial also included students seeing a Turkish field gun which is based beside the memorial.

Students took in a lot of information as they had so many interesting questions! We also discussed trench foot, trench mouth, shell shock, and some of the students own personal stories of relatives who had served overseas.

What was the most interesting thing you learnt during your visit to the museum?

Who was your favourite hero that we discussed during your visit?

What interesting things will you do in your classroom after being inspired by your visit to the museum?

Answer my questions and comment about your visit below!

Thanks for visiting Remarkables school. You are all REMARKABLE learners!