In preparation for ANZAC Day on the 25th of May, Room 2 created some suncatcher poppies.
First, we used poppy templates which were covered over with clear contact paper. Then using red, black and green tissue paper, students ripped or cut the tissue paper into small pieces and laid it over top of the clear, sticky plastic. When the poppies were completed they were displayed on the window so that the sun could shine through them.
On Thursday 30th April the students from Room 2 and Room 2a walked to the Papatoetoe RSA for a visit. We were very lucky that Jenny from the Papatoetoe Historical Society was there to talk to us about World War 1 and in particular the ANZACS.
We visited the Papatoetoe Returned and Services Association.
We sat quietly on the floor and listened to Jenny.
Eileen was there too. She explained what WAR was and what caused it!
We saw the list of the soldiers from Papatoetoe who had faught in the wars.
There were special photos hanging on the wall.
Jenny had pictures, books, maps, medals and other special things to show us.
We were very lucky that our friends at the RSA had some special poppies for us to make together! There were the red petals, a green stem , a round black sticker and a safety pin too. We enjoyed making the poppy and wearing it back to school.
We were able to look at some artefacts at the RSA, they included medals, a bugle, a map of the world, posters and picture books. Jenny explained what each item was and why it was important.
n Wednesday Rooms 2 and 2a worked together to make poppies to wear to the Anzac Service on Friday at school.
First Mrs de Koning showed us the materials we had to work with – red paper, black buttons, ice block sticks and safety pins! Then we decided on the equipment we needed – petal shaped templates, scissors, pencils, PVA glue and sellotape.
Some people worked on tables and some were comforatble with their buddies on the mat!
The shapes we had and the finished product we wanted!
Mrs de Koning shares some scissor skills.
e Koning holds up the different materials we have to work with.
Half of the class stayed on the mat and chose the items they needed for their poppy.
It was fun choosing a buddy to work with. We talked about the steps we needed to complete. We took turns to make our poppies. We cooperated with each other, it was quiet, sensible work! We liked working with each other and supporting each other with positive comments…. ‘Well done…..Good work…….Yes, that’s how you do it……Would you like me to help you with that? ……Thank you!….’
We folded our piece of A4 red paper into quarters – yes 4 equal sized spaces. Then we traced around the red paper to make two double petals each. Next we cut out our petals with the scissors, carefully going just to the outside of the pencil lines. Mrs de Koning had reminded us of a good scissor grip we could use. Then we placed our petals over each other with a drop of PVA glue. On top of the petals we glued a black button. There were a lot of different styles to choose from! We put the poppies onto a table to dry. The next morning after Mass we turned our poppies over to the back and used pieces of sellotape to fasten on the stem (an ice block stick) and a safety pin.
Buddies working together to make each person a poppy.
Sharing a work space and working successfully.
Looking carefully at what we are doing.
First your turn to trace, then my turn to do it too!
More poppies we saw on our way outside the Youth Line building.
Ready to go!
Rooms 2 and 2a walked to Burnside park to see the poppy display.
Today, Thursday 23rd April Room 2 and Room 2a went for a walk to visit Burnside Park.
Artist Cristina Beth sent out kitsets of the poppies which have been made by groups of volunteers. It takes about 7 minutes to make each poppy. She says the hardest part is sewing on the button for the centre of the flower.
The idea is to meet in groups to do the work and talk about their history – did they have a family member serving in the war? Maybe a grandfather or uncle?
Men went to World War 1 to fight for peace and Cristina thinks people need to be reminded of this.
Local Returned and Services Associations are also making crosses to go alongside them.
Information about the Peace Poppies.
The Peace Poppy Project.
We looked at the poppies. Their colour and shapes.
We like the bright poppies.
Maybe we can make poppies too?
Looking at the tag on the poppy.
It is the centenary of World War 1.
We enjoyed our trip.
We learned a lot.
‘Lest we forget’ – it is important to remember the brave soldiers who fought for our country.
We stayed at the park for a while and then walked back to school.