Excursion to the Army Museum of South Australia

Excursion to Army Museum of South Australia

On the morning of Monday 14 October, the very first day back at school for Term 4, 89 of our fresh and eager Year 7s embarked on an excursion to the Army Museum of South Australia.

The purpose of the excursion was to complement our study of the World War One novel ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo, author of another well-known novel ‘War Horse’.

Students were split into four groups, each engaging in a different enriching activity and then rotating. These groups were led by a collection of exceptional guides, who educated our students on the many wars that have been fought.   Mr Greg Rosser explored the equipment and food of soldiers during WWI & WWII. Many lucky students had the privileged of trying on uniforms and carrying a real rifle, which they were amazed at how heavy it was.

Next had the students directed by Nr Nick Williams and sent on a scavenger hunt through the collection of tanks, machine guns, cannons and other vehicles searching for facts and information. This then led them into the main museum in which the wonderfully animated Graham ‘Gilly’ Gilsmore quizzed the students about Gallipoli, educating them on the way soldiers survived their conditions by way of improvising.

Lastly, Mr Peter Haran, a Vietnam Veteran who served on the battlefield and also as a dog handler, engaged the students with his tales of war and survival, also giving some the opportunity to handle weapons and try on uniforms.

It was clear that the students enjoyed the day and have been active in linking this knowledge to our novel study and the experiences of its main characters.   

 “It really helped us have a greater understanding and appreciation of World War One and the soldiers that fought in it.” (Zara Chiera).  

We thank all parents, students and staff for their support of this excursion and encourage parents to sit down and speak with your students about what they learnt on the day. Also, if you get the opportunity, we highly recommend you read the wonderfully moving novel ‘Private Peaceful’ with them.

The Year 7 English Faculty.