When a year-thirteen class from Stratford High visited The Great War Exhibition in Wellington recently, the students got more than they’d bargained for. In preparation for their NCEA level three history internals, the students were researching milestones in New Zealand history. While participating in an education tour, they learned about local Taranaki First World War officer, Lieutenant Colonel Malone, and were left with a lasting impression of the devastation and tragedy of war.
“It’s my first time here,” said Riley Mackintosh. “It puts everything in perspective. Their conditions weren’t great. They [Malone and his soldiers] were pretty uncomfortable. Their food doesn’t look that appetising, and seeing the death lists really hits home.”
Daniel Kerr and Christel Broadmore, teachers from Stratford High, were pleased at the class response. “This is my second time coming, and it’s just as amazing as the first,” Ms Broadmore said. “Every young person in New Zealand needs to learn about this history.”
Their story was featured in the Taranaki Star and here, on stuff.co.nz
Photo, left to right: David Foote, Riley Mackintosh, Macey Murray, Paytn Cameron, Christel Broadmore (teacher), Grace Burroughs on their education tour with a photo of Lieutenant Colonel Malone in his dugout.