Poly Times Issue No.13 A young ANZAC Meanings April 2009person’s ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance, the day we remember how the men from Australia Page 4. Guide to and New Zealand gave their lives for their nations. On April 25th the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed on shore at Gallipoli, unknowingly sealing their ANZAC Day fate. The Turkish army had set up a vicious defence upon the beaches and cliffs of It is important to remember these Gallipoli, causing thousands of deaths among the ANZACS and creating a stalemate men and the sacrifice they made so between the two armies. Both sides suffered great losses that to this day are remembered far from home and for our children to for the terrible tragedies that they were. learn. War is not about glory, but the Although it's not just because of the incredible bravery displayed by the ANZACS th ultimate sacrifice for our country. that each 25 of April we all gather together as a nation and mourn those that gave their Men march with pride down the lives. No, the real motivation behind ANZAC Day is the “ANZAC Spirit”, the street on the 25th of April, some to characteristics and mannerisms of our ANZAC boys. Such characteristics were represent their relatives that went to endurance beyond that of a normal person, unbelievable courage, ingenuity, good war or for their mates that never humour, and mateship. These qualities have become something of an ANZAC legend and came back. So we should show our are supposedly common among Australians. But if you quietly observe the ones that support and be proud of our men claim that all Australians are ANZACS at heart, it's quite possible that you'll notice that that fought for our country. Lest we said qualities and characteristics are not so common as some misguided members of the forget. public have been leading themselves and others to believe. Laura. Castlemaine JSC Take mateship for example. The ANZACS treated each other with such companionship and kindness that it has been remembered for so many years. To be an ANZAC you were To me ANZAC Day is to pay respect in the ANZAC family, they were all brothers in all but blood. Now with the feeling of to the soldiers for fighting these intense mateship between the ANZACS fresh in our minds, let's take a look at the wars and also the ones that died supposed mateship in the modern community and it is clear much has changed. Walking saving our country and also their down an everyday street if you pay attention you'll notice people will rarely smile or families either if they lost someone acknowledge each other, on the streets the poor and homeless are ignored, the street in the war or if they were somehow vendors over-charging their Australian brothers and sisters and children bullying a effected by it. Nicole Castlemaine JSC smaller child for the thrill. Is this the mateship that has been marveled as an Australian quality? No. Can it be considered a stretched interpretation of mateship? No. There is no For me, ANZAC Day is something I excuse for the complete lack of respect between youth to elder or between person to definitely respect, but it is not person, and it's appalling that not only have we, as Australians, allowed for attitudes to important to me. I understand what get this bad, but so many still insist upon ignoring this behaviour and continue to hark on the day represents and the about how much everyone cares about each other. importance of it but I can’t relate to Ingenuity, another classic quality of the ANZACS, and yet again something that has been S the feelings that others can when warped and twisted until it has been mutilated so badly that it is unrecognisable as the they reflect on the soldiers that remarkable trait it once was. Every day people make worse and worse decisions, despite risked their lives for Australia. the consequences that would have once taught them to learn about their bad decisions Theabella. Castlemaine JSC and make better ones. Don't even get me started on endurance. It is a proven fact that more and more ANZAC Day is a day to remember Australians are being reported as being obese or nearing that status. The blame for this those who fought for Australia’s obviously lies not only at the feet of the fast-food market, who are constantly pumping freedom. We acknowledge ANZAC tonnes of fat into the surrounding community, but it also lies with the community Day each year to thank and themselves for allowing it to go so far. The ANZAC spirit is all about being healthy, caring remember those lives that were lost. and brave, yet for some reason that spirit has become flawed and brutally reduced to I know that some soldiers who nothing more than a fanciful ideal. Something that everyone wants to be yet doesn't fought are to this day unidentified. actually bother to become. Some war veterans are still alive Anzac Day is a day of remembrance. It is a day of honoring the ANZAC spirit. It is not a today and receive awards for their day that should be marred with behavior any less than the ANZAC spirit itself. Honor the great contribution to Australia’s men that gave their lives for their country by making an effort to display the qualities that freedom. once made our nation great. Think about what you're doing before you do something Natalie. Kyneton SC stupid. Make the ANZAC spirit more than a legend, make it real. Make it Australian. I am in year 9 and I don’t really By Ciaran from Castlemaine JSC know that much. But I do know that in 1914-1918 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought in a war in My Story Turkey. Many of the brave soldiers died and the doctors/nurses worked On ANZAC Day I will be doing the ANZAC Day service in Kyneton with my squadron. I around the clock to cure and even belong to the Australian Air Force Cadets. I really like doing stuff with the cadets, such as revive the injured. Then in 1918, the going to the recent Avalon Air Show and taking part in the ANZAC service. guns fell silent and the war was In August last year I was promoted to leading cadet which was exciting for me. over. We will always remember the In my squadron we currently have about 30 cadets but we could still need more people. men and women who helped in that The Australian Air Force cadets age range is between 13 to 18 years of age. war. Lest we forget. So think about joining. Cadet Robert from Castlemaine SC Miles. Kyneton S C ANZAC Day to me is remembering the bravery my dad and others who fought in the My Grandad on my dad’s side put wars. I reflect on the soldiers who died in action and those who went and witnessed the his age up when he was very young horrifying tragedy. So on the 25th of April every year we take time out to acknowledge for the First World War. He didn’t the bravery of the soldiers. fight then. He went to fight in the The legend that is ANZAC is reflected in the story of Simpson and his donkey. Simpson Second World War. He survived this would walk beside his donkey to the wounded and take them back to the base. He would conflict but passed away from risk his life to save or give families the chance to say goodbye. illness. Jenna. Kyneton S C Georgia. Kyneton Secondary College The Poly Times will be in this paper on the last Friday of every month. You can be part of it, apart from reading it. Contact the Poly Times at either newspaper office, if you have something to say about anything at all. When submitting written material you need to provide your name and school details. Poly Times is produced by The Goldenhope Foundation, in conjunction with Elliott Midland Newspapers.