Roll of honour replaced

Maniototo Area School pupils Lucy Neilson (13), of Ranfurly, and Sam Flanagan (12), of Naseby, with the new roll of honour. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Maniototo Area School pupils Lucy Neilson (13), of Ranfurly, and Sam Flanagan (12), of Naseby, with the new roll of honour. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Pride mixed with a few tears marked the end of a Maniototo Area School pupil-led project to replace a roll of honour recognising ex-pupils and a teacher who served in World War 1.

It was unveiled in a special ceremony at the school last week.

Year 8 pupils had been studying the 100th anniversary of WW1 and asked if anyone from the Maniototo school had gone to the war, teacher Lucia Dowling said.

The school was originally called Eweburn School and changed its name to Ranfurly School in 1910 before eventually evolving into the area school on a different site.

''When they started to research the topic, they discovered there had been a roll of honour listing former pupils who served in the war but, over the years, the roll had gone missing and no-one knew what had happened to it.

''The pupils thought the soldiers deserved to be remembered and luckily we found a booklet dating back to 1926 which listed them all.''

Research carried out by the pupils confirmed all the names, matching them up with information from several sources, and the names were also found on the school register.

Each pupil focused on a soldier and researched their background and their war story, Miss Dowling said.

''They were calling them our soldiers and decided the roll of honour should be replaced and displayed at the school.''

The children held a sausage sizzle, cake stall and other activities to raise $1000 for the new roll of honour and came up with the design and wording themselves.

''As part of this project, they learned more about researching history and how to work with each other. They were very proud of their efforts, as they should be, and at the ceremony to unveil the roll of honour, it got quite emotional at times.''

The soldiers' descendants were invited to the service. The roll of honour is displayed in the school office.

-lynda.van.kempen@odt.co.nz

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