11HIS museum and north head

Learning New Zealand's wartime history

On 9 March the social science department (Miss Eugster, Mr Wallace and Mr Ball) took 64 Year 11 History students on a field trip to the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the coastal defences at North Head Maungauika in Devonport.

Students were gathering information on New Zealand's involvement in World War II and focused on topics such as New Zealand's involvement in battles in Greece, North Africa and Italy, the experiences of NZ prisoners of War and NZ women's involvement in the armed forces.

In a workshop put on by the museum students were able to examine artefacts including maps, gas masks and ammunition pouches – even trying some on for size!

At North Head students were given a tour of the coastal defences that included barracks, batteries and vantage points, and roamed free through the tunnels.