The ANZAC STORY School Incursion Show - What does it mean? It is a live interactive incursion and school performance designed specifically to offer students the opportunity to learn through an interactive experience of THE ANZACs. Based on the HSIE Unit "Gallipoli and the ANZAC Tradition" it is an educational resource that no school should go without.

Students hear the anecdotes of the soldiers at war in the trenches at Gallipoli and learn through a heart-warming performance about why Australia as a new nation participated in this overseas conflict.

While the school incursion performance is based on the the HSIE Stage 3 (year 5-6) unit of "Australia's Experience at war", "Change and Continuity", the Year 7-10 Board of Studies History Syllabus Unit "Gallipoli and the ANZAC Tradition", and the National Curriculum of Australia History, it is suitable for Primary School Students as well who can experience the same interactive show and the importance of commemorating ANZAC DAY.

Can you hear Australia's heroes marching? is a national war memorial song and a tribute to the ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice. The song has been used for commemorative purposes across Australia by schools, churches, choirs, bands, councils, retirement homes, military services, radio stations, RSL branches and ANZAC tributes at NRL & AFL matches. For a copy of the words (lyrics) to be used for school commemorative ceremonies and/or performances ... click here...© Peter Barnes 2001 Concept, title and lyrics: Peter Barnes .

Every school across Australia's commerates Anzac Day somehow and offers the community and their students the opportunity to remember those who lost their lives for those who are still living now. The ANZAC Story is a wonderful addition to your school's commeration ceremony as it depicts the courage and mate ship that gave birth to the ANZAC spirit. It tells the story of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps under orders from London landing at the wrong spot at Gallipoli Beach on the Turkish coast. Our brave soliders faced sheers cliffs and a barrage of defence fire from the Turkish Forces which became a military disaster.

Australia as a country was fourteen years old and was made up of colonies. This was the first time we had been to war as a nation and as part of the British Commonwealth they acquitted themselves as a nation under extreme circumstances and the ANZAC Story school incursion allows this to be shown in a highly acclaimed and remarkable experience for all students.

The show is set in the trenches at Gallipoli four months after the landing following the Battle of Lone Pine. The audience are taken into the action as it is seen through the eyes of the soldier, the Company Sergeant Major - a Boer War Veteran, a young recruit and a nurse. The performance leads the students into the heart of the young recruit Alex Peterson who is proud to have enlisted and to do his part not fully understanding the horror of war and treating it like an adventure. Arriving at the beach he meets the Company Sergeant Major, Norman O’Connor a battle hardened soldier who began his service in the Boer War and who is in command along with Bill a veteran of this campaign. Then there is the Army Medical Corps situated on the Island of Lemnos where Sister Peterson, sister of Alex Peterson, in on duty.

As the show in highly interactive and engaging, immersing the children in the history of Australia's past it involves students as Stretcher Bearers following in the footsteps of Jack Simpson Kirkpatrick and his donkey Duffy. It deals with the question of conscription and the war effort being made by Australia and whether we have the population to replace the losses. It shows the loneliness of the men and their links with home such as receiving the gum leaves and wattle received in their mail from home and the letters they write back to their loved ones.

The performance uses state of the art lights and audio to stimulate the senses of the students to involve them and give them an insight into Australia's role and all it asks, is that we remember the service men and women past and present and keep their memory alive. It is hoped that this production will go a long way in helping the younger generation to understand a little more about why we celebrate ANZAC Day.

It is performed with the greatest respect to the memory of the soldiers and is a moving presentation that treats the subject of the ANZAC and war with honour.

There is no better way to remember the fallen and commerate what they have done, then by experiencing this live, interactive and beautiful event that is makes you feel like you are in the War Zone.

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The Anzac Story school incursion is a 90 minute show right in the safety of your school grounds.
It is a perfect event to have at your school to encourage, stimulate or enhance what the students are learning and is one of the best educational resources in Australia.


The Anzac Story school incursion was written by qualified and experienced school teachers and consulted with war veterans and is well scripted to enhance the learning outcomes taught in the school classroom. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES IT MEETS.  Students will learn to:

Explains the significance of particular people, places, groups, actions and events in the past in developing Australian identities and heritage.

Identifies nationally significant events and people related to the wars in Australia’s history

Outlines the facts about these wars

Describes the origins of Anzac Day and Remembrance Day

Understand the origins of the battle on Gallipoli.

Identify where Gallipoli is located.

Identify who was involved in the battle, from the decision makers to the soldiers on the ground.

Understand how the First World War began and why Australia became involved.

Examine reasons for the battle on Gallipoli from different points of view.

Understand why people were chosen for the roles they would play in the battle.

Appreciate and understand reasons why men from Britain, (Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England) France, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Australia, India and Turkey enlisted and were involved in the battle.

Appreciate the experiences of the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli.

Appreciate and analyse the reaction by the soldiers.

Compare reasons why the ANZAC landing was chaotic?

Investigate why the landing seemed doomed to fail.

Identify procedures for supplying equipment and provisions.

Understand and appreciate different points of view about the plan to capture the forts.

Recognise the contribution of Gallipoli to the ‘ANZAC legend’.

Understand the battle of Lone Pine and how it affected the soldiers and the overall plan.

Analyse why Gallipoli was considered a failure and a ‘defining moment’ in history.

And many many more.

The Anzac Story Incursion is available for the following school levels:

Year 2 to Year 12;

Ages: 7 to 18+ years old

The show is not suitable for children under the age of 7, due to the realistic effects and performance.

The Anzac Story incursion show is available in most areas of Australia, including but not limited to (If your area is not listed, call our event management team to check availability.):

New South Wales Area/Regions :
Albury, Blue Mountains Region, Central New South Wales, Coffs Harbour, Far West, Hunter New England, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Lower Western, Murrumbidgee, New England North West, North Coast Region, Northern Rivers, Orange, Port Macquarie, Riverina, South Coast Region, South Western Sydney, Sydney, Tamworth, Tweed Heads, Western NSW, Bathurst, Capital Country, Central Tablelands, Country NSW Region, High Country/Snowy Mountains Region, Hunter Region, Lismore, Maitland, Narrabri Region, Newcastle, North West Slopes & Plains, Northern Sydney, Outback New South Wales, Queanbeyan, Snowy Mountains, South Eastern Sydney, Southern NSW, Sydney Metropolitan, The Murray, Upper Western, Western Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Central West Slopes & Plains, Dubbo, Hunter, Illawarra, Lord Howe Island Region , Mid North Coast, Nepean Blue Mountains, North Coast NSW, Northern NSW, Northern Tablelands, Outback NSW Region, Richmond, South Coast, South West Slopes, Southern Tablelands, Sydney Outer Suburbs, The Murray Region, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong

Queensland Areas/Regions :
Brisbane Metropolitan, Cairns / Far North, Central West, Fitzroy, Gold Coast, Mackay, Northern, Thuringowa, Wide Bay-Burnett, Brisbane Outer Suburbs, Capricorn, Darling Downs, Fraser Island, Gold Coast / Sunshine Coast, Moreton, Rockhampton, Townsville, Bundaberg, Central Outback, Far North, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, North West, South West Queensland, Whitsundays

South Australia Areas/Regions :
Adelaide Hills , Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula, Limestone Coast, Yorke Peninsula, Adelaide Metropolitan, Clare Valley, Flinders / Outback, Murraylands, Adelaide Outer Suburbs, Eyre Pen, Kangaroo Island, Riverland

Victoria Areas/Regions :
Ballarat, Bendigo, Central Highlands, East Gippsland Coast, Goldfields, Great Ocean Road, Lower Goulburn, Melton, Murray, Otways, Port Phillip, Shepparton Mooroopna, Southwest The Otways, The Bays Port Phillip, The Wimmera, Upper Yarra, West Coast Shipwreck Coast, Western District, Yarra Valley, Bellarine, Central Coast Bass Coast, Central Victoria Yarra Valley, Geelong, Goulburn Valley, Greater Melbourne, Melbourne Metropolitan, Mildura, Northeast Victorian Alps, Ovens and Murray, Pyrenees, South Gippsland, Sunraysia, The Grampians, Upper Goulburn, Victorian Alps, West Gippsland, Western Port, Bellarine Peninsula, Central Gippsland Coast, Daylesford / Macedon, Gippsland, Grampians, High Country, Melbourne Outer Suburbs, Mornington Peninsula, Northwest The Mallee Sunraysia, Phillip Island, Riverina, Southern Riverina, Surf Coast, The Mallee, Upper Murray, Warrnambool, Western Central Highlands/Tablelands, Wimmera

Western Australia areas/Regions:
All Areas.


Primary Stage 2 (Y3-4), Primary Stage 3 (Y5-6), Secondary Stage 4 (Y7-8), Secondary Stage 5 (Y9-10), Secondary Stage 6 (Y11-12)


Adelaide, Albury, Ballarat, Bathurst, Bendigo, Brisbane, Bunbury, Bundaberg, Cairns, Canberra, Central Coast, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Dubbo, Geelong, Geraldton, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Hervey Bay, Hobart, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Launceston, Lismore, Mackay, Maitland, Mandurah, Melbourne, Melton, Mildura, Newcastle, Orange, Perth, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Richmond, Rockhampton, Rockingham, Shepparton-Mooroopna, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Tamworth, Thuringowa, Toowoomba, Townsville, Tweed Heads, Wagga Wagga, Warrnambool, Windsor, Wodonga, Wollongong

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