Campbelltown students are manning the educational front line for Australia's Anzac spirit.
For the fifth time, John Therry Catholic High School has been named the NSW winner of the federal government’s nationwide 2017 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.
The Rosemeadow school also won the title in 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012. Campbelltown’s St Patrick’s College claimed the win in 2015.
The competition attracts about 70 schools each year.
Gavan Martyn, a senior teacher at John Therry and a guiding force behind its success, is proud of the statewide benchmark his school has set.
“These awards encourage schools to creatively commemorate war veterans, and our DVDs — involving months of research and interviews — have won rave reviews from judges in past years,” Mr Martyn said.
This year a student team led by teacher Roman Golebiewski, with help from Erin Ellard, created a storybook focusing on two characters, a blossoming love story, separation and angst in the face of conflict. It was then shared with students at nearby Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School.
Students (part of the school's gifted and talented program) also identified local veterans to interview and film, and created case studies covering WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam War.
Plans were also developed for a school memorial garden incorporating plaques of students’ family members who had served.