Remembrance Day brings with it various lessons taught to students at Nanaimo schools. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo students get lessons in remembrance

Chase River Elementary to hold a Remembrance Day ceremony with music, wreaths and banners

Chase River Elementary students are tuning up to play guitar at this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony.

But the song isn’t the only lesson tied to remembrance Grade 7 teacher Russell Greenway will impart to his students come Nov. 11.

He’ll not only explain why Canada went to war and the freedoms fought for and protected, but share his own connection to the Second World War.

“I use actually my own father and my father-in-law as examples and their experiences in the war and how they survived,” said Greenway, whose father was in the navy in the Second World War and patrolled Vancouver Island for Japanese submarines, while his father-in-law was a gunner overseas, who was found among the dead by the Germans and was traded through the Red Cross.

“It’s important to let the kids know everything that we have in our society is affected by various things and this was something that affected our world, our Canada… and it’s important that we don’t forget because I think if we forget and lose touch then we lose touch of why peace is so important too.”

Remembrance Day will be marked at Chase River Elementary this Thursday, Nov. 9, with a poem about the contribution of Canada’s First Nations soldiers, student-made banners, wreaths and music.

The school’s youngest and eldest students will work together to create banners of remembrance to hang in the gym for the ceremony, which also feature performances by a choir and students playing guitars.

“We have different people who for different reasons it’s very important to them. For me I’m not a tie kind of guy but Remembrance Day is the day I wear a suit and tie,” said principal Darren Dickie, who said everyone on staff feels an important connection to the day and wants to impress upon the kids the understanding and value of the sacrifices that were made.

“For the younger students, it’s more just an understanding a war occurred and we’re always looking for peace right now and as they get a little bit older, they get a picture of what war actually looks like, what it sounds like and as they start to evolve and become aware outside themselves they can really start to get a sense of empathy of what it might have felt like to be a soldier.”



news@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

School bus route changes considered in Nanaimo, Ladysmith

First bus route review released by Nanaimo school district

Nanaimo RCMP seek woman who allegedly bought $70 of ice cream in stolen card case

Purchase said to have occurred on Jan. 11 at 2 a.m. at Nicol General Store

City council gives go-ahead for new affordable seniors’ housing

57-unit, four-storey building to be constructed at 20 Prideaux St. in Nanaimo

UPDATE: Hold-and-secure lifted after police locate student who threatened self-harm

Eight schools were under hold-and-secure orders after possible threat Thursday, Jan. 18

Nanaimo RCMP looking for video of fatal shooting scene

RCMP investigators are looking for any video of area where man was shot and killed Jan. 13

Foundation helps Nanaimo teen fulfil tropical getaway dream

Rachael Theriault, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, headed to Mexico

Beefs & Bouquets, Jan. 18

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Nanaimo marches for women’s rights

Nanaimo Women March On happens Saturday, Jan. 20

City of Nanaimo chooses this year’s 11 public art pieces

Rock Dragon, Big Bird, and the Jester are some of the selected proposals for 2018

Botox, bomb shelters, and the blues: one year into Trump presidency

A look into life in Washington since Trump’s inauguration

Christopher Garnier appealing murder conviction in death of off-duty cop

Jury found Garnier guilty in December, rejecting his claim she died accidentally during rough sex

Transportation watchdog must revisit air passenger obesity complaint

Canadian Transportation Agency must take new look at Gabor Lukacs’ complaint against Delta Air Lines

Gas plants verdict coming down today; ex-premier’s top aides to learn fate

Verdict to be delivered on senior staff to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty

Most Read