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Anzac Day, observed on 25 April every year, commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.
The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. This military campaign is often claimed to have played an important part in fostering New Zealand’s sense of national identity. Many New Zealanders feel a strong connection to this event, through family and whānau stories. Anzac Day offers every New Zealander the chance to consider the impact of the First World War and remember those who served.
Anzac Day and the New Zealand Curriculum
Learning about the First World War and taking part in Anzac Day commemorations provides an opportunity for students to:
demonstrate the curriculum vision of being actively involved, lifelong learners
explore the values of community and respect
achieve learning outcomes described in the social sciences and other learning areas
make use of key competencies, especially thinking, and using language, symbols, and texts.
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