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Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day

Posted by on November 9, 2012

 

Remembrance Day (2214)

Flickr Creative Commons Photo by lcm 1863

This post is dedicated to our Veterans. Without them we would not have the freedoms that we enjoy today.

~The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

For the past two weeks, our school has been collecting food donations for the Veteran’s Food Bank. This was a Grade Six Leadership Initiative and our school has come together to support our  Grade Sixes. Today is the LAST day for these donations. It is also the day that we will be attending a beautiful Remembrance Day Ceremony, hosted by these inspiring Grade Six students.

Yesterday, The Battalion Hawk Bloggers took the opportunity to sort our own food donations and to learn more about our veterans, poppies, the food bank and the importance of honouring those who have fought for us.

It was surprising to see just how MUCH food came in … and JUST as surprising to discuss the sorting possibilities. Funny how math is EVERYWHERE!

In the end, we decided to try sorting our food donations using Canada’s Food Guide! Of course, this led to a wonderful health discussion on the four essential food groups even before we could GET to the sorting part! The FUNNY thing is … Mrs. Renton didn’t even SUGGEST sorting according to “food groups” … it was one of our VERY thoughtful Battalion Hawk BLOGGERS who came up with THAT idea!

“Today our class collected food for the Veteran’s Food Bank. We put them in the food groups: grains, proteins, fruit and veggies, dairy and others. Remembrance Day is the day when you remember the people who fight to save Canada. We wear poppies, not just to remember who died, but also to think about how hard they worked just to do it. I remember that people helped to fight. If they didn’t we wouldn’t be able to live like we do. There should be silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month just to think in your mind, even if you are in the shopping mall, home or at school, to remember the people who fought for us. These veterans need help because they sometimes get shot.” ~Joyce

“We collected food. We collected the food for the veterans. Then, we put the food in the middle of the room and did choices. Some choices for sorting were colour groups and other things. We collected lots of food!” ~Cemre, Zubayda & Dimitri

WHAT? A HEALTH lesson TOO? AMAZING! Learning through LIFE lessons. COMPLETE integration through the curriculum!

“Remembrance Day is very important because we remember the soldiers that fought in war to save our country. If we didn’t have our champions, we wouldn’t have the beautiful country we have now. Did you know on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day on the eleventh month is when we stop to think about the soldiers and what they did for us? That’s also when World War I ended.” ~Elijah & Tommy

“We wear a poppy on Remembrance Day to remember those who we love and care for who fought for us and died. Now we should ALL know that the Ist World War ended in the year 1918. Almost 100 years ago! We celebrate on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, on the eleventh hour. When you get a poppy you can give money to the people selling or giving them, and they will make sure that the money will go to the people in war or the veterans! This money will go to the people who need help. This is what your money can get for them: it can get them mobility, electric scooters, power chairs, electric beds, (they go up and down), walkers, manual wheelchairs, food and shelter, (that’s really important). It provides comfort for hospitalized veterans too. So, right now, go and get a poppy and give them some money!” ~Ella & Jayden

“Remembrance Day is when people get together for a ceremony. Remembrance Day is a day when people remember those who died. Remembrance  Day happens on the SAME day that World War I ended. It would be nice if you donated food to the Veteran’s Food Bank.” ~Christopher & Constantine

“What is the Veteran’s Food Bank for? The Veteran’s Food Bank is for people who have fought for us and need extra help. What is the poppy for? The poppy is for the people who fought for us. There will be two minutes of silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Today in our school is the last day for Veteran’s Food Bank donations. Yesterday, we made food groups from the food that we counted. Today we had an assembly. It was all about the people who fought for us. We sang O Canada. When we got back to our class, I had tears all over my face!” ~James

Mrs. Renton was a LITTLE disappointed when she saw that chocolate was NOT included in the food groups … but we told her we would create an “OTHER” column in order to sort some of the “treats” donations!

“Poppies are important because they are landmarks for the ones that fought and died. Our Facilities Operator used to be in the war. Everyone stops at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month and thinks about the soldiers that died in the war. In Flanders Fields where the dead lay, there grow blood red poppies that lay beside the graves for the soldiers that once fought in the war and fell.” ~Amro and Nick

“For the Veteran’s Food Bank we brought in over 90 pieces of food! We collected 42 grains, 24 protein, 1 dairy, 28 vegetables and fruits, and 3 others. Everyone was so supportive! We had a Remembrance Day Ceremony today. The Grade 6 leadership sang A Pittance of Time and Waving the Flag and someone read the famous poem “In Flanders Fields”.” ~Rebecca & Lauren

“When people pay for poppies the money goes to mobility, electric scooters, poer chairs, electric beds, walkers, manual wheelchairs, food and shelter and other comforts for the hospitalized veterans. We than the people who fought for us. We wear poppies to remember the people who fought to help save our country. We also wear poppies to show our respect. We wear a poppy for those who sacrificed their lives for us. The World War I finished on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month. The money raised is $16.5 million EACH year! In Canada we call it Remembrance Day and in the USA they call it Veteran’s Day. We are so thankful for the veterans who fought for us. Some of the soldiers didn’t come back and some survived. On the eleventh hour and the eleventh day and the eleventh month there is a moment of silence and that moment of silence is when everybody is thinking about how our veterans fought for us. We saw a video of the veterans who came home and were happy to see their daughters or sons.” ~Chelsea & Rayann

“Remembrance Day is a day where we celebrate the soldiers. Most of the money goes to mobility, electric scooters, electric beds, walkers, manual wheelchairs and other stuff. Almost every year they make &16.5 million dollars. The crosses are in the area of Flanders Fields. People wear poppies on their clothes. Yesterday we were counting our Veteran’s Food Bank drive items. Every year people donate food for the veterans because of all the sacrifices … and that’s our thank you. Our Facilities Operator was int he war. You should all support and respect the soldiers that fought and died for our freedom. Would YOU want to sacrifice and be a soldier when YOU are older?” ~Chris

Grains, Vegetables and Fruit, Protein and Dairy … OH and “OTHER” because EVERYONE deserves a LITTLE treat now and then!

“Did you know that World War I ended in 1918, on the eleventh month of the eleventh day on the eleventh hour? we wear a poppy on Remembrance Day. They are a symbol of remembrance. Through the past two weeks, we have been collecting for the Veteran’s Food Bank. We’ve collected 42 grains, 24 proteins, 28 fruits and vegetables, one dairy and 3 others. That is 98 TOTAL! I can’t believe it! Poppy donations raise $16.5 million each year. On November 9th, 2012 we had an assembly. During the assembly, the Grade 5 leaders sang Waving the Flag and A Pittance of Time by Terry Kelly.” ~AJ

“Poppies are used for remembering your loved ones that died in the war. They are worn as close to the heart as possible. Remembrance Day is to remember people that fought for us so we can have freedom. People have raised a lot of money for when the soldiers come back from the war so they can have food. Poppies are from Flanders Fields and that’s where Canadian’s fought in the war. On Remembrance Day people stop on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month for a minute or two of silence, so we remember the soldiers that gave us freedom, like my Grandpa and our Facilities Operator. In some places kids go into the war when they are 17 or 18. Some do not come back. Some come back but they are sometimes seriously injured.” ~Davis & Danny

Remembrance Day Poppies Laying on a Soldier's Kit in Afghanistan

 Flickr Creative Commons Photo By Defence Images

“Why do we wear a poppy? Well, here’s why. Because if you were seeing things you could only imagine in your WORST nightmares, if you had your life at risk every second, you would want to be remembered, wouldn’t you? Why be nice to the veterans you might be thinking. Well, here’s why: some of these veterans that come back … all those bad memories some might be living on the streets and fighting to get food. That’s why the Veteran’s Food Bank gathers donated food and sends it to veterans. You should donate food to the Veteran’s Food Bank like we did. You should also buy a poppy to fund raise for the veterans needs, such as: mobility, electric scooters, poer chairs, electric beds, walkers, manual wheelchairs, food and shelter and comforts for hospitalized veterans. And THAT’S why you should be respectful to the veterans.” ~Ben & Tyler

We watched a music video, by Terry Kelly today. It’s called A Pittance of Time. We think you would enjoy it. It’s message is powerful. On the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, at the eleventh hour, we hope YOU stop to remember the heroism and sacrifice of our soldiers. After all … it really IS a pittance of time.

Remembrance Day is SUCH an important day … NONE of us LIKE the thought of war. MOST of us have NO idea of what it is like to LIVE in a war torn country. There are children and families living through war RIGHT now. It is HARD for us to imagine. We DO know, though, that WITHOUT these soldiers and their sacrifices, we would NOT be living with the freedoms we have today. We are GRATEFUL.

We wonder:

  • How do you remember the heroism of our soldiers?
  • Why do you think it is important to remember?
  • Have you lived in a war torn country?
  • Did you do something special to remember our veterans? Did you go to a ceremony? Did you go to a War Memorial or Museum? We would LOVE to hear about it!

 

21 Responses to Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day

  1. Ms. Emann

    Thank you for this touching and heartfelt post, Battalion Hawk Bloggers. I am so impressed that not only did you stop to remember and give thanks to the men and women in our armed forces but you also put your compassion and gratitude into action. By donating to the veterans’ food bank you have made a direct, positive impact on the lives of others. What an excellent example of “me to we”.

    I wanted to share some links with you. There is a brand new middle school in Calgary that is named after a very special person: Captain Nichola Goddard. On Friday the students, teachers and community honoured her bravery and sacrifice, and remembered all members of the armed forces who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. I wanted to share the inspiring story of Capt. Nichola Goddard with you as she lived and breathed what it meant to make a difference in the world and her impact is still reaching countless people today.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/11/09/calgary-goddard-remembrance-day.html

    http://canadianvalour.ca/heroes/nichola-goddard/videos/nichola-goddard-extended-video/

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Ms. Emann!

      It has taken us TOO long to reply to you … we are trying to work our way through all the awesome comments that are left on the blog as they come in!

      Thank you for leaving SUCH a great comment for us … we learned a TON about Captain Nichola Goddard because of the amazing links you shared with us! We think it is SO cool that Captain Nichola Goddard was the first Canadian woman to lead men into combat in Afghanistan! It was really nice to see that she wanted to make a difference in the world … even when she was little. We LOVED the pictures of her in New Guinea when she was tiny.

      It is so sad that she had to die. We wish war didn’t exist … but … we understand that it has to happen sometimes. None of us likes war at all … but … we know that we wouldn’t have the lives we have today if there hadn’t been war.

      Thank you for sending us such GREAT links, Ms. Emann. We learned a lot through your links. We are GLAD that Captain Nichola Goddard had a school named after her. She is an important part of what makes Canada such an AMAZING country!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  2. Elisa Waingort

    Dear Global Grade 3’s,
    Way down south in Ecuador, I remember the special celebration for Remembrance Day that we did every year I was at Dalhousie Elementary School. We always showed this video and, no matter how many times I saw it, it made me cry. It’s a reminder, lest we forget. It’s called A Pittance of Time, in case the YouTube link doesn’t work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kX_3y3u5Uo

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Elisa!

      We wonder … do they have anything like our Remembrance Day in Ecuador? The video you shared with us is one of our favourites – Mrs. Renton shared it with us and we loved it. It made us sad but we felt better at the end when the father finally stops and begins to “remember” and show respect for our veterans. It makes Mrs. Renton cry too. We loved it so much we put the link to it at the end of our blog post! Thank you for sharing it with us. We love it when our readers share things that they find powerful as well.

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  3. Laurie Renton

    Good morning, Battalion Hawk Bloggers!

    I wanted to tell you about what happened to Mr. Renton when he was in Rona this morning at 11:00 am. He was at the cash register … just like in the video from A Pittance of Time. Everyone stopped. And, over the PA system, someone in Rona read “In Flanders Fields”. Wow. He was very thankful and very impressed.

    I watched the ceremony on TV, from Ottawa, and paused for two minutes of silence. I wonder how YOU remembered. I hope you share.

    I am SO thankful for what our soldiers have done for us. Bless them all.

    Mrs. Renton 🙂

    • Ben

      Hi Mrs. Renton

      I find it funny that you left a comment on your own blog. 😉

      I was going to hockey on Rememberance Day when I saw ceremony going on at the milatary museum. Unfortunely I didn’t stop for a moment of silence. I agree with you it is AMAZING how much sacrifice the soliders did for us. Have you had any family members that went to war? I have had my grandpa he was in word war 2!

      Ben (on behalf of The Battalion Hawk Bloggers) 🙂

      • Laurie Renton

        Oh Ben, you make me giggle!

        I LOVE that you took up the Triple Doggy Dare to try to respond to some of the awesome comments left behind on the blog! You demonstrate true leadership and enthusiasm for learning and I love that you are role-modelling responsible blog commenting with your peers!

        You have to remember … it’s not MY blog … it’s OUR blog! That’s what I LOVE about it! I had to leave that comment because I wanted to share what happened to Mr. Renton … and it wasn’t really EPIC enough for a blog post all by itself! I am thankful that others are sharing their Remembrance Day experiences as well!

        I know that, even though you were on your way to hockey, you would have definitely been thinking about how lucky we are. I think Remembrance should be in our hearts EVERY day, anyways … not just on a single special day … just like Earth Day and Earth Hour and World Kindness Week! Our soldiers made MANY sacrifices for us so that we could live the lives we live today, in a country that is free where its citizens have freedoms and choices. Yes, I have family members who have fought for us. Roger’s Grandparents were both in WW I. Roger’s Dad was in the Air Force … he was drafted right after WW II. I think we have talked about conscription before. Remember to ask if we haven’t talked about that! Does your Grandpa ever tell you about his experiences from WW II?

        Mrs. Renton 🙂

    • Ben

      Hi Mrs. Renton

      This is the second time I’m doing this so if you get this twice it’s because I’m not sure if my first one made it through or not. I find it funny that you left a comment on your own blog. 😉

      I agree with you it is AMAZING how much sacrifice the soliders do for us. When I was on my way to hockey on rememberance day there was a ceremony at the millatary museum. Have you had anyone in your family go to war? I have, he was my grandpa he was in the 2nd word war in Italy! Unfortunely I idn’t stop for a moment of silence because I lost trackof time, but luckily we had already done it at scool on Friday.

      Ben (on behalf of The Battalion Hawk Bloggers) again! 🙂 😉

      • Laurie Renton

        Yup, we got it … but I uploaded this one as well … because it had some different information!

        I am glad that we took a moment of silence at school as well. I thought the Grade Sixes did SUCH a lovely job of the Remembrance Day Assembly. They ALWAYS inspire me … and bring tears to my eyes when they share their thoughts. I’ve been to the ceremony they do at the Military Museum. It is truly beautiful as well.

        Mrs. Renton 🙂

  4. Karen Campbell

    Your blog reflections on Remembrance Day express:
    1. Respect for the past “Remembrance Day is very important because we remember the soldiers that fought in war to save our country. If we didn’t have our champions, we wouldn’t have the beautiful country we have now.”
    2. Optimism for the future, “This money will go to the people who need help. This is what your money can get for them: it can get them mobility, electric scooters, power chairs, electric beds, (they go up and down), walkers, manual wheelchairs, food and shelter, (that’s really important)
    3. AND most significantly, a belief in your ability to make a positive difference TODAY. (gathering food bank donations for veterans, taking stock of healthy food choices, sharing thoughts of gratitude)

    Thank you Battalion Hawk Bloggers. I am proud to be associated with each of you and your amazing work.

    Mrs. Campbell

  5. Kim

    Our family observed two minutes of silence and reflection while we were leaving the skating rink.

    We are also very thankful for the tremendous gift and sacrifices made for us.

    Christopher and Kim

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Kim!

      Thank you for sharing your family’s Remembrance Day experience with us. It is an easy thing to do, even when we are all busy with other stuff. We think we should remember our veterans every day. We are glad that we are collecting food donations for the Veteran’s Food Bank because it is another important way of helping to support them.

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  6. Rebecca

    Hi Mrs.Renton!

    Sorry I didn’t respond yet! I’m REALLY impressed of how much foodbank stuff we brought in!

    I think that the Vetrans will be VERY happy!;)

    bye!
    Rebecca:)

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Rebecca!

      I am really impressed with how many people contributed to the Veteran’s Food Bank TOO, Rebecca! It was SO nice to see all that food in the middle of our floor … and SO much fun SORTING it. I know that it will truly help to make a difference!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  7. Ross Mannell

    Hello Global Grade 3,

    I’ve just finished a major video project for a community choir and dancing school. It involved making two DVDs and two audio CDs and included help from an audio engineer to prepare the sound recording. This task takes about 150 hours from the filming until the DVDs and CDs are delivered so I had to spend little time on blog commenting but I kept the link to your Remembrance Day post.

    Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day

    Every year, when it is possible, I attend my town’s Remembrance Day ceremony. I haven’t yet processed anything from this year’s ceremony but have a short slideshow from the 2011 Remembrance Day ceremony…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSqO6h1-Jgw&list=UUXVDigFZsBpq_vevD1Pd0hw

    What does Remembrance Day mean to me…

    As you all know, the day marks the end of World War I. At 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918, the battlefields fell silent. After the horrors of the war in the trenches, returning soldiers thought there would be no more wars. How could the world do such a thing again? Sad to say only about twenty years later the world was again at war but Remembrance Day remains as a time to honour those who died in the hope their sacrifice can give us peace.

    Great Uncle Ernie

    My father’s Uncle Ernie had been in the Australian Naval Reserve at the outbreak of WWI. He was involved in the battle that took control of what we now call New Guinea from Germany.

    After leaving the naval reserve, Ernie signed up with the Australian Army and was sent to the battlefields in France. One of the jobs he and a mate had was as company runner. A company runner would carry messages along the trenches to the officers.

    One day, Ernie and his mate were carrying messages when they were given the wrong directions. They found themselves in no man’s land between their tranches and German trenches. The mate was able to make it back but Ernie had been killed.

    The family doesn’t know where he was buried but we do know somewhere in France lies the remains of Uncle Ernie.

    I remember him on Remembrance Day.

    World War II

    My father was one of five boys. Four, including my father, volunteered when war broke out. The fifth was too young to join. Amongst them, the four served in the Australian Army, Navy and Air Force.

    My father was in the army. He was a signaller. In a way, this was like Great Uncle Ernie. His job was to send and receive messages often by flags, flag semaphore.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_semaphore

    When the 8th Division was sent to Singapore as part of the British Allied Forces, my father found himself wandering the streets of Singapore then under control of Britain. It was thought Singapore would be safe because huge guns faced out to sea ready to repel any naval force.

    Unfortunately for British command, the Japanese didn’t intend coming by sea. They moved along the Malay Peninsula. British forces were defending in what often were fierce battles while Singapore was being bombed by Japanese planes.

    Seeing the destruction and loss of life amongst the civilians, General Percival, Commander of British Forces felt he had little option but to surrender. On 15 February, 1942, Singapore came under the control of the Japanese. My father, allied forces and allied civilians were sent to prison camps.

    Many didn’t survive captivity because of harsh treatment and conditions but my father and his best mate, Andy, were amongst those who returned home. Every ANZAC Day* and Remembrance Day they would go to march and remember all those friends who never returned.

    Did my father hate the Japanese for the treatment he and others suffered? He once said to me it was wrong to hate people for what had happened. The Japanese and Korean guards were as much victims of what happened as he and his friends had been.

    I was raised with this thought in mind, we may not like the actions of people but shouldn’t hate them for the mistakes they make. We need to learn to forgive.

    My father died when I was still young (12). It was determined he had died, in part, because of the treatment he received in captivity. My mother is classed as a War Widow but I don’t hate Japan or the amazing Japanese people. I would like to one day visit that amazing country, particularly at the Cherry Blossom Festival time, and I have met a number of Japanese teachers when they spent time as visitors to one of my schools.

    On Remembrance Day, I remember my father and the lessons of forgiveness he taught.

    *ANZAC Day

    In Australia, we have another special day known as ANZAC Day. It’s on April 25 each year and is also a day to remember our service people here in Australia. Like Remembrance Day, it’s history started in WWI.

    Australia had only become a nation in 1901. Our involvement in WWI in support of Britain led to volunteer troops being sent from Australia and New Zealand. ANZAC is an acronym (a word formed from initials) and comes from Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

    In the early morning of April 25, 1915, ANZAC troops were landed at Gallipoli as part of the British failed attempt to seize the Dardanelles and the capital of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire. Being our first battle as a nation, the Gallipoli Campaign, despite being a failure, has taken its place in Australia’s identity.

    Each year many Australian and New Zealanders travel to Turkey and then to Gallipoli to be there for the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day. With the 100th anniversary of that landing less than three years away, people have already booked to take part. For me, I will most likely be here in my town at the Dawn Service and watching the march of veterans through our town later that day.

    Here is a video link to the 15 minute long Dawn Service held this year in my town. I wasn’t able to film the march this year as driving wind and rain made it impossible yet I was there to watch the marchers taking part despite the conditions.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmRdUL1bg34&list=UUXVDigFZsBpq_vevD1Pd0hw

    Each ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day I remember Great Uncle Ernie, my father and all those others involved in past and current conflicts and hope to see the day when all people have learned to get along without fighting.

    @RossMannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • Tommy, Danny, Chris and Mrs. Renton

      Hi Ross!

      Wow! Your DVD/CD project took 150 hours … that’s like working for 6 days and nights STRAIGHT without sleeping and working through NON-STOP!

      So sorry it has taken us so long to reply … it’s almost CHRISTMAS and this is a Remembrance Day comment! We feel really badly that we are this far behind. We are really, really backed up on comments. We’ve been busy practicing for our Winter Celebration and doing art work for the gym. Our concert was last night … too bad you weren’t here to video tape it! We know it would have been REALLY professional looking and COOL … especially because we’ve seen your Olympic DVD! Some of our parents video taped us, (we hope they bleep out the part where one of the Grade Threes threw up in between our songs!!! We hope he doesn’t have the flu … maybe it was nerves!)

      We thought the slide show was great and, at the same time, really sad. We are sad that war exists … but … if it didn’t exist … we wouldn’t be living the life we have now with freedom and choice and safety. Remembrance Day means the same thing to us as it means to you … it is a chance to remember and honour those who fought for us. We think it is cool that Australia has two Remembrance ceremonies. We think that we should remember the soldiers that fought for us every single day instead of just once like we do in Canada and other countries.

      We’re glad you told us the story about your Uncle Ernie. Being a company runner sounds like such a scary job. Any job in the army sounds scary. We are sorry that Uncle Ernie didn’t make it out of the war … and that the directions were wrong.

      We think it is really cool that your father told you to forgive – forgiveness is important … it is KEY. We think that your father would have had a lot of stories about the war. 12 years old is TOO young to lose a father. We are sorry for this loss, Ross. To think that being in a war camp caused him to die so young is very sad.

      We’ve never heard of ANZAC before you told us about it. In three years the 100th year celebration will be very special, we bet. We wonder if it will be broadcast from Turkey and Gallipoli. It would be amazing to see. It was cool watching the sun slowly rising in the background during the Dawn Service.

      Every Remembrance Day, we will ALSO remember Uncle Ernie and your Dad when we honour the veterans and soldiers who have brought us freedom.

      Thank you, Ross. You ALWAYS teach us new things. We are glad you shared some of your family’s HISTORY with us. We are SO happy that you connect with us on our blog.

      Tommy, Danny, Chris and Mrs. Renton (on Behalf of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers) 🙂

      • Ross Mannell

        Hello Tommy, Danny, Chris, Mrs. Renton and Battalion Hawk Bloggers,

        I completely understand how commenting can back up. At times I become very busy so my commenting slows down. There are even rare days when I write no comments at all.

        The 150 hour DVD/CD project was the most intense this year. Not all are so involved. The latest project involved a matinee and evening play put on by a local small school about 30km (about 19 miles) from me. This took less than half the time but was a rush job as their last day of school for the year was only one week later. My week has been very busy. The first DVD orders were delivered today and the final will be delivered on Wednesday (Dec 19), the final day for students this year.

        It would have been fun to tape your play. Schools around here know I will arrive if they need someone and I am free. Just this year, a school called one day and I was filming the next. My only concern about last minute calls is I might already be working on a project and be unable to make it.

        I read your concert had a small mishap. I must say mishaps have happened when I have filmed productions and I do my best to find ways not to include them. Some can be edited out. With one last year, I was able to use video from another camera (I use 3) so a slight costume mishap wasn’t seen. I can usually find ways to avoid embarrassment. I also hope the Year 3 person is okay.

        Thank you for the message of sympathy about my father. It was hard to lose him at that age but the memories of him live on as does the message of forgiveness he taught.

        ANZAC Day is an important day to remember here and in New Zealand. Each year, the Dawn Service held at Gallipoli in Turkey is broadcast to both countries. For the 100th anniversary, I think attendance is already booked out. I’ll be watching it on television.

        @RossMannell
        Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

        • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

          Hello Ross!

          Thanks for understanding the slow replies. We knew you would understand. We have days where we are so busy that we don’t even get to replies either!

          Ross, we think ALL your weeks are very busy. The schools around you are SO lucky that you spend time with them filming their special events. 150 hours is SUCH a long time … how many days did you spend working on the videos from three cameras to bring the project all together?

          Mrs. Renton told us that you posted a new DVD for us! Thank you for taking the time to send us a copy and for thinking about us. We feel SO blessed that you would do that for us! We wonder if the DVD you are sending is from the small school you were telling us about in THIS reply! We LOVE snail mail … and we feel VERY excited to be able to check out your latest project!

          We think you have probably see both funny AND sad things during your video sessions with schools. We are glad that you can edit them out before finishing the projects. If you weren’t a true professional, you probably could have won America’s Funniest Home Videos SEVERAL times!

          We love that you have special memories of your Dad and we have learned a special lesson from him through you … forgiveness. Mrs. Renton says Emily Dickinson has a quote she loves that reminds her of her brother. It says “Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality”. We are lucky to have memories. We will ALSO remember Uncle Ernie through your stories. 🙂

          We had a LONG conversation about HOW the kids in Australia could be finishing their last day of the school year on December 19th. It was SHOCKING for MANY of us to discover that Summer happens at different times … even though we “know” that … it is STILL hard for us to get our heads around. Especially since we are only 1/3 of the way through our school year and just beginning our WINTER holidays!

          Ross, thank you for all the WONDERFUL time you spend helping us to learn and to grow. We LOVE that you are our partner in the learning journey! We all wish you an AMAZING Christmas and we hope you find some time to relax and enjoy some of your OTHER amazing hobbies … like photography!

          The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

          PS We can’t wait until our snail mail delivery … when we get back to school, in January, it will probably be waiting for us! Merry Christmas, Ross! 🙂

  8. Ross Mannell

    Hello Battalion Hawk Bloggers,

    For that very long DVD/CD project, my most involved each year, I normally allow myself two weeks from filming to having the final products ready. That project was very tight because I also had to wait for a sound engineer to finish the audio files before I could add them to the video and start editing.

    Working with three cameras (two fixed and one I move) plus extra audio files can be easy once they are all lined up. You might have seen moviemakers use special boards they clap together. This shows a film editor where to align each video. In my case, I start all of the cameras, step in front of them and clap my hands together. I then look at each camera’s video to find that spot and line them up.

    The DVD you will be receiving is from the small school I mentioned. All of the children in the school (Kindergarten to Year 6) were involved. The school liked the idea their play would be seen by another school so far away.

    I filmed it during a Tuesday and had the final DVD ready to deliver on the following Monday morning. I was very busy over that weekend but, in this case, it would have only taken about half the time of the big job.

    I think you will know the play when you see the DVD. A clue is the play starts in monochrome (black & white), changes to colour for most of the film and then back to monochrome at the end. 🙂

    Finniest Home Videos – Now there’s an idea. Have you noticed how well small children or baby animals doing cute things do on that show (yes, Australia has a version)? I think you would be on to a winner if you had a small child and baby animal doing cute things together.

    I don’t think I would enter the sometimes funny, sometimes embarrassing and sometimes pretty weird things I have caught on film while working in schools. Being films for schools, I consider those moments best left private and edited out although I have sometimes made a bloopers short film just for the school concerned. 🙂

    On the day I have written this reply, the temperature reached over 80F (27C) but there were places in Australia where temperatures exceeded 100F (38C), including Melbourne. Christmas Eve is tomorrow and my town is expecting 88F (35C) but only 67F (23C) on Christmas Day so it will be cool for us. Even so, many will choose to go to the beach, not something I would recommend for Canadians at home for Christmas. 🙂

    I agree with Emily Dickinson’s quote. With our memories, those who have passed live on. We can listen to stories from our elders of times before we knew the world and come to know those they loved.

    One of my memories was from a time when I was only a little older than you. I met a lady who was over 100 years old. She only spoke French but my cousin was a French language teacher so he could translate. She spoke of growing up in France in the 1850s under the reign of Emperor Napoleon III. Imagine having contact with someone taking me back around 160 years from today. That’s pretty amazing as it was about that time my mother’s side of the family arrived in my area of Australia from Scotland and have been here ever since.

    @RossMannell

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Ross!

      We think it’s amazing how you can control three cameras at a time when you are filming school productions and making DVDs! It’s very creative to use your hands instead of the movie clapper boards so that you know where to connect the three videos you are recording.

      That’s unbelievable that you could film so much, edit and create all the DVDs and the gorgeous DVD covers for the Wizard of Oz presentation in just six days. We figure that you MUST have burned at LEAST 70 to 100 DVDs just for THAT project and THAT would have taken at LEAST a day or more to do on its own! We wonder just how MANY DVDs you’ve made since you started making them! We think you must have QUITE a collection on your shelf!

      We had a LONG conversation about the weather you got at Christmas time. We were freezing our buns off here … it was colder than -20 ͦC on Christmas day. The wind chill put it in the -30s. It is SO surprising that Christmas is in summer in Australia but in winter in Canada! That means your students must be on summer break right now! Wow. We found a really neat website to try to help us understand when your Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter occurs:

      http://www.auinfo.com/Australia_Time_zones.asp

      We talked about how Australia would be closer to the sun right now … and you are a lot CLOSER to the equator than us. The sun is not as close for us and that is why it is WINTER here. We just did a little demonstration of how the Earth turns and also rotates around the sun. It shows us day and night but also seasons … even with ALL that … it is STILL complicated to understand! As if THAT isn’t enough, we even tried to have a MOON rotating around the Earth at the same time! Phew! Science is SO complicated!

      Don’t worry – nobody in Calgary was at the beach, unless they were on vacation in Hawaii or Mexico! But, in SOME places in Canada … like Vancouver … they have an ANNUAL Polar Bear SWIM! They have it every year on January 1st:

      http://vancouver.about.com/b/2012/12/31/93rd-annual-vancouver-polar-bear-swim-at-english-bay-beach-january-1-2013.htm

      This coming week we will be putting a little SURPRISE in the MAIL for you … we don’t know HOW long snail mail will take but we are very, VERY excited to send you this surprise!

      Happy NEW Year, Ross!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

      • Ross Mannell

        Hello Battalion Hawk Bloggers,

        Video making has been a hobby of mine for around 30 years since I bought my first video camera back in 1982. In those days, the cameras were so rare people would ask what television station had sent me.

        One time, seeing my video camera and side pack recorder, the police let me through security barriers so I could move closer because they thought I was from television. It was at the time of the Queen’s visit to Australia in 1982. I was so close, I could have reached out and touched her as her open car passed but more surprising was, as I looked down, I saw her car tyre had only missed my shoe by less than 10cm. Although video quality was much lower back then, I still have the video clip in my media library. 🙂

        I do have some shortcuts when working on DVDs. I have one device that can burn six disks at a time while one printer prints the covers and a second prints on the disks. The slow part is cutting and fitting all of the covers into the disk cases.

        This has been a hotter, drier summer for us. Temperatures have approached 40C in my area and gone higher in others. There have been problems with bush fires in Eastern Australia and it’s been reported the temperature in the sun reached well over 50C in places, so hot birds were seen to fall from the sky if they weren’t able to find the cooler shade. We live in very different parts of the world.

        Students in my state return to school on January 30 after their summer break ends so that means they have two weeks left. At this time, I do some volunteer work with children in vacation care and have just finished helping a local country show where I help set up displays and judge photography and children’s entries. They’ve given me another task for the show to be held in January, 2014. They want me to create an ad to be shown in the local cinema.

        I use sites like the one you’ve found when working out times zones and seasons but have made two extended comments posts on seasons…

        Spring has Sprung in Australia – for 4KM and 4KJ

        For Royce on Seasons

        Isn’t it amazing an axial tilt of only a little over 23 degrees can give us the seasons?

        “Science is SO complicated!” Various fields of science have been long time interests of mine, Zoology (animal studies) being a major in my degree. One thing I have learnt is there are always things I don’t know and would have trouble understanding but that doesn’t stop me exploring and learning when I can. You might be surprised to know how much science is in your everyday life. Here are a few examples…
        Biology – Have you watched an animal in the wild or watched the changes of trees through the seasons?
        Geology – Have you picked up an interesting stone and wondered what it was or marvelled at volcanoes?
        Physics – I know you have been looking at the motion of our Earth and Moon.
        Chemistry – Have you followed a recipe, mixed ingredients, baked them and seen the changes taking place?
        Mathematics – Yes, that comes under science. 🙂

        I think you might find you know more science than you thought.

        The Polar Bear Swim certainly seems a way to get the blood circulation going, although if the race was much longer than 100 yards I think some contestants my turn blue.

        Our local sea swimming race is normally held around Australia Day (our national day on January 26). It’s called “Wharf to Waves” and is a 1200m swim from an old wharf once used by coastal ships to a Tathra beach (I sent a DVD from Tathra school in October 2012). The water is considerably warmer than English Bay would be.

        It seems I now have to wait to see what surprise might arrive. I’ll let you know when it arrives. Now the Christmas postal rush is over, perhaps mail will arrive more quickly. 🙂

        @RossMannell
        Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

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