Library News | Junior School

As we remember the significance of Anzac Day this Sunday, students have been reflecting on its importance during Library time.

Year 3’s Unit of Inquiry, How We Express Ourselves has been looking at the central idea that Cultural respect is enhanced by understanding significant events. Various lines of inquiry that have been explored are; The heritage of local Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples; celebrations and commemorations in Australia and beyond; and exploring cultural differences.  In Library we have been able to explore how Australia’s perspectives have changed over time in regard to acknowledging and valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anzacs. 

Up until 1949, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people were legally excluded from joining the Australian Defence Force. Despite this, it is estimated that over 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people served in the First World War, and further 8,000 in the Second World War. For many years  the returned servicemen were excluded from marches and Anzac Day services. They are only just beginning to be recognised for their service. 

We read the picture book Alfred’s War by Rachel Bin Salleh. This book helps us to understand the contribution and sacrifice that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans made to Australia’s war efforts. We also looked at the books Ancestry; Stories of multicultural Anzacs; Anzac Day by Jane Pfeiffer and Meet the Anzacs by Claire Saxby. These books help us to better understand the need to honour the sacrifice made by all defence personnel in the service of our country. 

Nikki Bowden | Teaching and Learning Librarian (Primary)

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