Columba College was lucky enough to have a visit from Pascale in our Assembly.
Pascale gave a presentation to the school on the Shared Histories project, and gave us information on how we can get involved from even the smallest level (such as downloading a badge to show our support on social platforms). It was great to have her come in and enthuse some more people to get involved, and to give a better description of what the project is actually about to everyone at school.
The senior students involved in our Shared Histories project at school went down to the Hocken Archives for the afternoon, to spend time researching and finding resources for our project.
There were some amazing sources available to look at. For example there were soldiers' diaries, letters, official histories, troop-ship magazines, amongst many other items. It was a brilliant way for everyone involved to be able to find some sources to use towards their area of interest for our final...
Our first idea was to research using Columba College school magazines dating from 1915, when our school opened, to 1917. In these, we found the names of several soldiers with connections to our college.
A letter to the school community revealed several current students with family connections to those who fought in France during World War I. Our next step is to further research these soldiers and share this new information with our partner school in France.