Australia may not have a consensus on religion, they may disagree on which day to celebrate the country, it may change politicians with every seasonal shift we have, we may not agree on a whole lot of things. However, what is becoming more and more prevalent is respect for humanity on the 25th April each year.
Crowds are growing at an exponential rate at each and every ANZAC service around this great land of ours. The youth of the day are stepping up and stepping out in droves to support the returned veterans of past and present. Venues are being changed to accommodate the large numbers as two nations acknowledge arm in arm.
ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”. Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally devised to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who served in the Gallipoli Campaign, their first engagement in the Great War (1914–1918).
How do you acknowledge ANZAC day in your education centre? Some great things to consider implementing in your early learning centre are:
- Having the children make a wreath and then taking an excursion to lay this the day before (if possible) at a local memorial site
- Organise a veteran to come to your early learning centre and have a morning tea with the educators and children
- Make Anzac Biscuits
- Read ANZAC stories – there are some great ones with Scholastic Books
- Make Poppies to send home, and decorate the classroom
- Listen to the Last Post in the classroom and talk about any emotions this may evoke
- Talk about heroism, medals, life at war – (in a child relatable way)
- Learn the Anzac poem/story
However you choose to acknowledge this day on the calendar is ok, what matters is that you do.
…”At the going down of the sun, and in the morning – we will remember them”…