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ANZAC Memorial Project Year 9

The Year 9 cohort at Kurri Kurri High School have undertaken an ambitious project to write for, plant and paint a memorial to commemorate the story of the Anzac and serving Defence Force personnel.

The ambitious project stemmed from a class assessment task to write a war story based during World War I or World War II.  Driven by the QUEST Faculty – encompassing English and HSIE subjects – the goal evolved not just to encourage and engage year 9 students to learn about the significance of these events but to work together and contribute to a common goal and create the memorial.

Year 9 student, Riley Dembeck gives a student’s view: “The opportunity to work on a project that allowed me to use my skills and get hands on with the project was definitely a positive way to learn about a serious part of our history. As students, it was cool that we were broken into teams that matched what strengths we have but we were all still learning and contributing to what has become one of the best things I’ve been involved with at school.” 

The Anzac Memorial Mural and Garden has been proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Brian McGuigan (OAM), Bunnings Maitland and Beautiful Blooms of Kurri.

Below are a selection of Narratives that are the outcome of the assessment task inconjunction with the physical project.


A Nurses Struggle

The Battle of the Somme

When you are Different

The Ghost of You

When you can no longer breathe