Biggest day of the year for NZHistory

Tēnā koutou. I hope you had an enjoyable autumn break and are ready for another busy term. We notice that the closer we get to Anzac Day each year the greater our visitor numbers are and yesterday, 23 April set new records. We had close to 20,000 visitors who viewed 77,000 pages. This morning our six most popular topics are all related to Anzac Day and the wider context of the Gallipoli campaign. We know from the past that schools are largely responsible for the increase in visitor numbers this time of year so it is always encouraging to know that our material is being used. Can I also draw your attention to some extra material we have recently developed on the subject of War and Remembrance which you can also find in the Classroom. There is an opportunity here to consider why Gallipoli continues to hold centre stage despite the fact more Kiwi's served and died on the Western Front. There are suggestions here as to how your class or school can devise its own unique ways of commemorating the service of New Zealand men and women. In a bid to provide balance there is also an opprtunity to consider whether or not such events are relevant to New Zealanders now and the broader political aims of commemoration.

We hope you get the most out of whatever you choose to do. We would love to hear from you if you not only have any suggestions for us but also if you have ideas and examples you are willing to share which we could publish in the Classroom.

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