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Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Excursion

30/05/2016
Our Excursion
By Rhys McKellar
We had a great time on our excursion! On the way we stopped at a park to test out some new play equipment. It was fun! When we got to the exhibit we got to see guns, weapons, bullets and trenchers. We listened to the things that the ANZACs had done using an iphone and headphones. We used a periscope to look at pictures from the war. There was also and interactive picture we could click to find out more information. It was very cool, we saw a lot of things on the way back - sheep, cows, goats and a donkey.
 
Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience
By Crystal Turner
There were 42 of us that boarded the bus for the ‘Spirit of ANZAC’ Centenary Experience in Toowoomba on Monday the 23rd of May. We were all excited for the great opportunity, as some kids can’t travel as far as Canberra, where the exhibition is usually housed. 
We arrived and were met by Defence reservists who took us inside the exhibition. The exhibition started by introducing us to life in Australia pre-war. Then war was announced and young Australian men were excited to go and fight for our country, not knowing what was ahead. We were then walked through the ‘setting sail’ from Western Australia for the War. We then followed through to experience where the soldiers trained in Egypt. After the training display we were moved to perhaps the most famous of the War history-Gallipoli. Here we saw footage of the confronting terrain and received information on the landing and evacuation of Gallipoli. We were then taken into the trenchers where we got an understanding of the reality for our Australian soldiers. The War wasn’t only about the men, as we learnt there were also women who volunteered as nurses where they cared for the fallen soldiers. Next we stepped into the open fields, demolished town and rubble and destruction that were the reconstruction of the battlefields. We followed the path toward the weaponry and memorial for the Australian Flying Corps, Camel Core and the Light Horse Corp. We were almost to the end the exhibition when we were met by a reminder of those that assisted in the return of serviceman such as Legacy, the RSL, the Red Cross and the work of Charles Bean. Our last stop of the experience was a gallery of reflection where we remembered the 400 000+ who enlisted and the more than 60 000 who sacrificed their life along with 156 000 wounded soldiers of World War I.
We were amazed at how much learnt and the sacrifices made.
Lest We Forget.
 
A message for our Troops
Annabelle McKenna was lucky enough to leave a touching message in the interactive memorial, writing “You have been very generous because of how you fought for us. We appreciate your work.
All of the students represented the College brilliantly. The experience was a great opportunity to learn about Australia’s proud history and pay respect to those who fought so valiantly.