From War to Peace
01 April 2015
At llim College we deeply value our children’s learning journey and believe it is vital we understand where we have come from to fully appreciate where we are going too. That is why as part of this year’s ANZAC centenary commemorations we honoured the fallen on both Australian and Turkish sides with our project “From War To Peace”. In our quest for reconnection with our past both here and overseas we reached out to our fellow educators in both the Catholic and State sectors.
Myself together with our project Coordinator Ms Helen Schiele, 7 ilim College boys (Mustafa Buday/Yr9, Cemalettin Onder/Yr10, Abdullah Tekin/Yr11, Baturhan Kaynak/Yr11, Onurcan Yavuzel/Yr11, Semih Tepedelenlioglu/Yr11, Yusuf Yapici/Yr11,) and two boys from Penola Catholic College (James Warren/Yr10, Clinton Hartney/Year 9) and Mt Ridley Secondary College( Luke Vesty/12, Brandon Cornelissans) we re-traced the steps of the Australian soldiers in HUME and the steps of the Turkish 57th Regiment Soldiers in Gallipoli.
As part of the many activities we held a Melbourne Shrine service between the three schools and made the trip from the shrine to Maygar Barracks on Camp road as well as a visit to Old Wiseman Stock House and Broadmeadows Historical Society. In Turkey we were greeted by Canakkale IBAL school students and walked hand in hand in the steps of the Turkish soldiers ANZAC morning. The project was a real success and I take this opportunity to thank the school board, students families for their support and all staff who have contributed.
The project has been filmed both here and in Turkey, capturing the student’s insights and reflections along the way and we hope to launch the dvd by the end of this year, so stay tuned for what to come as part of this great project Inshallah.