Ivy-May, aged four, places her poppy in ACG Sunderland Early Childhood Centres memorial garden.
|As part of the Ministry of Education’s and Fields of Remembrance Trust’s ANZAC activity, ACG Sunderland Early Childhood Centre received a WW1 Commemoration Package, including three small white crosses to honour the men and women who died serving New Zealand during WW1.
The young children, aged from 2-5, have been learning about ANZAC in preparation for their annual ANZAC memorial assembly taking place at the school this week.
ACG Sunderland Early Childhood Educator Mayling Wang has been teaching the children to make origami poppies. Once the poppies are finished, the children have been respectfully laying their flowers in front of the crosses to form a memorial garden, and have made a wreath of poppies to take with them to the assembly.
As well as talking about the significance of ANZAC and learning about the symbols and traditions surrounding the commemorations, the children have been rehearsing the national anthem to sing at the assembly. The children can sing both the Māori and English verses with pride and passion.