Engaging the past

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on June 24, 2019

STUDENTS from Bethel Christian School took a step back in time last week when their World War One exhibition came together after seven weeks of researching and crafting.

Legacy of Sacrifice is the fourth biennial war-related exhibition the school has held, and the project has become a tradition for Year 9 and 10 students.

Students paired up to create displays based on different aspects of the war and got creative making realistic models of war items and war zones, dressing up in costumes and constructing timelines.

Humanities and Social Sciences teacher Heather Jefferies said she already had Year 8 students checking they would be able to take part when they reached senior school.

“One of the things we ask students to do is consider how to engage the younger kids,” she said.

“So, they’ve created activities like making their own socks and ID tags, and one of the students made a life-size trench.

“It gives kids an understanding of what it looked and felt and sounded like to be in the war time.”

Year 9 students Eh Bar Lay Paw and Lilly Driscoll chose to focus on tent hospitals and treatment for their exhibition as they have a keen interest in pursuing nursing when they leave school.

The pair constructed a tent hospital, medical tools and a large pictorial and word display describing what nurses and patients dealt with during the Great War.

“I never actually realised how bad it was,” Eh Bar Lay said.

“It wasn’t just gunshot wounds that they had.”

Lilly said one of the most rewarding parts of the project was seeing all of their hard work come together.

“It’s a way to experience what it was like and we learned more about the different sicknesses and injuries,” she said.