Humanities Week at Hillcrest

Our wonderful teachers have been focusing on ANZAC history, geography and generally highlighted the importance of our wonderful the Humanities faculty is. This has seen Ms Kerri Weidemann and Ms Ruth Phillips  RECREATE GALLIPOLI in the new DC3 space. They were joined by a group of Middle School students who have had fun constructing a replica of the Gallipoli landing. They have used kinetic sand, toy soldiers, boxes and all sorts of things, to use in building the diorama. Photos to come!

The students from Junior and Middle School have been able to use the Gallipoli App to follow the story of the first day – the people and events – within the landscape of Anzac Cove. If you haven’t downloaded this yet I highly recommend that you do!

Today we buddied up with other student to research Australia’s VC recipients or our own ANZAC ancestor. The findings were put onto a poppy or a cross and will be added to the display.

Come in and check out all our work!


You will find a number of excellent books covering the ANZAC Day story in the Kids Book Shop bookstore.

You will find excellent resources to use in the classroom or at home here:–Activity—Resources-Sheets

And a blog post from us on using books to provide some context around important historical events such as ANZAC Day. 

The Red PoppyMeet the ANZACs


2016 – Centenary of Somme

Image Retrieved from:

The Battle of the Somme took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916. It was one of the largest battles of the First World War, in which more than a million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

The Australian troops fought their first bloody battle in France at Fromelles (Nord), on July 19th 1916, as diversionary attack for the Franco-British offensive that had been launched on 1 July  on the Somme.

Australian troops joined the Battle of the Somme on 23 July at Pozières when the 1st Australian Division made an assault and captured the ruined village in hard and intense fighting. Three Australian divisions (1st, 2nd and 4th) took their turn at Pozières and all suffered heavily. Over a period of 42 days the Australians made 19 attacks, 16 of them at night; as a consequence, the Australian casualties totalled a staggering 23,000 men, of whom 6,800 were killed.


Image retrieved from:

ABC Splash brings you high-quality digital educational content from across the ABC and around the world. There are some terrific ANZAC links to help you in the classroom. All resources are free to watch and play at home and in school and guaranteed to spark discussion and promote curiosity.

There are special areas for parents and teachers featuring thought-provoking articles and blog posts, teaching resources and up-to-date education news.!/topic/1170683/Anzac

History can come alive – it is up to us to tell their stories – READ RESEARCH and Recover the stories from the past!

Michelle Nye

Hand crafted Poppies – can you help?

Can you crochet, knit or sew? Would you like to contribute to a Hillcrest Poppy display in honour of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli?

The enthusiastic staff and students at Thursday Threads which is held every lunchtime in the DC, have been busy creating poppies. A large installation at Federation Square has already reached its goal of 5000 poppies, so we thought we would create our own tribute.

We’re encouraging family members, friends, church groups and anyone else who would like to contribute to this effort to start making poppies. However many or few you make is up to you. They don’t all have to be the same so you can choose a pattern you enjoy. Mrs Cardwell has already devised her own version!

Please deliver your poppies to the DC before the end of Term One. If you like, you can include a small message – perhaps you would like to dedicate yours to family members who perished and/or served in any war? If you have a family connection to Gallipoli we’d particularly love to read your dedication.

But with or without dedications, you can contribute to what we hope will be a spectacular Hillcrest installation that can be used for years to come. As a guide, crocheted poppies take only a few minutes each to make with a little practice, and only scraps of yarn.

A number of poppy patterns can be found at the following website, including, knitting, crochet and fabric patterns – or you can be creative and make up your own!

We are looking forward to seeing a sea of poppies in the DC in the coming weeks!

HILLCREST CAMP GALLIPOLI 100 – Competition ideas

Mrs Heather Zubek has written a few ideas for the upcoming Gallipoli Competition below.  A list will be placed in the DC.

Make sure you come up to the DC for any support, help or advice – we are here to help you with your research!


For the artistic…


1. Research the type of ‘trench art’ that was created during the war. What type of material was used, why did they make the items etc.  Create a piece of trench art.

2. Research and create one of the cartoons that was created during the Gallipoli campaign. 

3. There were many paintings done of Gallipoli landing – who were the artists?  Why did they need to paint this type of scene?  Copy one of the paintings

4. Investigate the poetry written during the trench warfare.  Film yourself reciting one of the poems. Write one yourself.

5.  Write a story about a part of the Gallipoli campaign.


For the more practical…


1. Create a replica weapon used during the campaign.

2. Recreate the system where the Australians were able to escape from the Gallipoli Peninsula.  Water dripping into a billy can tied to the trigger of a rifle.

3. Work out the ballistics of the weaponry used.


For the crafty……


1. Create a series of postcards that were sent by the soldiers during the ANZAC campaign. These postcards were embroidered on satin.

2. Create the socks and balaclavas that were knitted for the soldiers by the school children back home.

3. Create knitted poppies for a display and research the history of the poppy


For the food lover….


1. Research the history of the ANZAC biscuit. Why were they sent? How were they sent to the soldiers?  Bake some and ‘send’ them in a billy tin.

2. Bake a cake in the shape of something!

3. Find out about the rations used by the soldiers in the trenches and re-create a meal that they would have had.




1. Create an ANZAC A-Z Book

2. Research how animals were used during the campaign

3. Curate a museum of replica items from the war

4. Create a scrapbook of letters sent by a soldier to his mother

5. Create a board game called ANZAC 100

6. Analyze the military strategies used – where did they go wrong?

7. Create a play or skit about life in the trenches





ANZAC Centenary is here! We are so fortunate to be able to commemorate this event in history with the reverence and respect that is rightfully apt and will honour the many amazing people who sacrificed their life.

This blog is a link to the many amazing resources that are in our collection.

We plan to add to this each week and highlight the various resources and activities that can be incorporated into the classroom as we lead up to the ANZAC Centenary.

Scootle is a fabulous resource it links us together forming a national professional learning network for all Australian educators. As their website says; a place to belong, connect and reflect. A quick search on the topic of Gallipoli saw me link to 136 resources all mapped to specific curriculum areas with reference to suggested year levels. This resource helps our students to realise the importance primary source evidence.


One of the questions I found myself asking was what kind of soil did our ANZAC soldiers find themselves on. This led to some searching of images also found on Scootle as seen below and further research of an online geological magazine saw me discover the answer; volcanic and sedimentary rocks as seen below.

Image retrieved from: National Library of Australia number nla.pic-vn3071973   TLF resource R3004
Image retrieved from: National Library of Australia number nla.pic-vn3071973
TLF resource R3004
Image retrieved from: Geo Science World
Image retrieved from: Geo Science World


Image retrieved from: Australian War Memorial number ART02161   TLF resource R8589
Image retrieved from: Australian War Memorial number ART02161
TLF resource R8589