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02 May 2018

Understanding the significance of ANZAC Day

Published by Jessica Anne Tay

As our AIS community is made up of members from 45 nations, ANZAC day may be the first time that some of our students, staff and families are being introduced to the story that became the building block of Australia and New Zealand’s national identity. Fortunately AIS has in it’s ranks someone who is uniquely qualified to tell not only tell the story of the original ANZACs but explain how the ANZAC spirit is relevant to both the current defence forces and the contemporary culture of both nations.

Secondary School history and humanities teacher, Josh Kiehne’s passion for history is evident every day in his classroom. What is less known is that Mr Kiehne opted to spend a gap year in the Australian Army prior to starting university, experiencing firsthand the sacrifices and extraordinary contributions that those in the armed services make for their countries in a range of different situations.

Mr Kiehne prepared the presentation that was so eloquently delivered by our Secondary School History students during the ANZAC Day Assembly. Using the themes of respect, mateship, sacrifice, larrkinism, initiative, courage and endurance, the students told the stories of soldiers both in Gallipoli and in locations such as Afghanistan, Timor, Vietnam and Christchurch, helping all the of our AIS community to understand the continuing importance of the ANZAC spirit.

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