Students awed by realy war history
YEAR 6 students were in awe this week with the Anzac Day spirit deep within as they sat attentively listening to the story of World War II serviceman Peter Dixon and his experiences of the war.
The St Mary’s pupils are currently learning about the history of wars, and Mr Dixon was able to give them a personal account and aided in creating a link with the younger generation.
Mr Dixonserved with the Number One Independent Company, the start of the Commanders, and his wife June said she felt it was important for the children to hear about the war.
“It is hard to get it across because their world is so different,” Mrs Dixon said.
Year 6 teacher Julie Collins said they invited Mr Dixon to speak to the class and he was happy to share his information with them.
Pupil Oliver Murray said it was great to find out what it was like to be involved in a war.
“It’s not like reading a book, you get to ask questions,” Oliver said.
Students told the Daily News on Wednesday it was interesting to hear about the life of a solider and a good opportunity to hear the correct answers.
“It was really good and really interesting,” Lach- lan Beale said.
As Anzac Day approaches, all the students are eager to pay their re- spects and remember the soldiers who fought for them and their country.
“You remember all of the soldiers who fought for us and remember the people who died,” Oliver said.
A student brought in a 303 bayonet standard issue rifle to see if it was the same gun Mr Dixon used while he fought in the Pacific.
Mr Dixon put the gun together without a second thought and said he never thought he would have to do that again.