We will remember

In recognition of the ANZAC Centenary, Dominic College students performed a self-developed multimedia play in commemoration of the centenary of the Gallipoli landings during six sold out shows in April.

Titled ‘In Their Own Words’, this contemporary retelling involved 90 students from Years 7-10 and included student research of the 281 names on the Glenorchy War Memorial, a significant number of whom fought in the Gallipoli campaign.

Dominic College Principal, Ms Beth Gilligan, said the War Memorial provided the central focus for the project.

“In Term 4 last year, Year 9 students researched the people behind the names, their stories, their families, and their lives before and after their experiences in the Great War to paint a picture of the human impacts and to provide connections and empathy between generations a hundred years apart.”

This seven-month project brought the Glenorchy community together with many local families sharing stories with the College on their relatives named on the memorial. This original production uses verbatim theatre to tell the stories of these men and women based on WWI letters, diaries and records; in many cases, previously unpublished.

“The integrated learning approach to this project has enabled students to understand the courage and sacrifice made by the ANZACs and their families, and how this shaped our local community,” said Ms Gilligan.

The story of Private Len Millhouse, the great-uncle of Year 7 student, Campbell Rhodes, plays a pivotal role. Private Millhouse’s oral history, postcards and photos have provided a unique window into one soldier’s experiences of World War I.

The Millhouse records stimulated research into London’s ANZAC Buffet established by expatriates in England in 1915 to support wounded and on-leave soldiers with a recreational facility. Audiences will have the opportunity to experience a recreation of this Buffet each evening.

‘In Their Own Words’ is the only school project in the Tasmania to receive project funding by both the Commonwealth and Tasmanian State Government ANZAC Centenary Grants.