The year long commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac by Meadowbank Public School and The Weekly Times has been hailed by Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale as the Local Event of the Year for the City of Ryde.

The commemoration by staff, students and parents was supported by the Ryde RSL sub branch and exclusively promoted through The Weekly Times.

It featured events for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day that included the unveiling of a Great War Centenary Memorial Garden with a time capsule that features our coverage of the school’s year long commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac (1915-2015) to be dug up in September, 2039 to commemorate the Centenary of World War Two.

“Meadowbank Public School in partnership with the Ryde District RSL Sub Branch and The Weekly Times are without a doubt worthy winners and the community spirit shown by teachers, parents and staff has been outstanding,” the Mayor said.

Ryde District RSL Sub-Branch President Bernie Cox said he is proud to have partnered the school and The Weekly Times.

“It is critically important the wartime history of the area is maintained by the younger generation and all aspects of our local wartime heritage were recognised and honoured by the school in this year long event,” Mr Cox said.

“To be recognised by the Mayor of Ryde does great credit to organising teacher Lynne Gittoes and to students such as Claire Hudson and to The Weekly Times.

“Of course the Ryde District Sub-Branch praises all schools and students who contributed to last year’s Centenary of Anzac but the commemoration by Meadowbank Public School was something unique, outstanding and very special indeed.”

Teacher Lynne Gittoes said all students at the school now have a deeper knowledge of World War One and a greater reverence for those servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice as well as serving on the homefront.

“What particularly fascinated our students was how everyone in the local community was involved in the war effort, especially here on the home front in Meadowbank.

“ All classes have been studying life 100 years ago and what happened during World War One and parents visited each classroom to see what the children have learned.

“We also held activities such as a cricket game, hoop rolling, marbles and hopscotch as well as a World War One concert and a costumed sleepover and Dawn Service and we laid out 8,709 knitted and crocheted poppies.”

The Weekly Times August 5, 2015. Ryde District RSL Sub-Branch President Bernie Cox is pictured with Meadowbank Public School students and staff in their World War One costumes. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.