Beaconsfield Primary School

Anzac Day is held on the 25 April every year. It is held to commemorate the Australians and New Zealand soldiers who died when they were in a battle for Australia and New Zealand.

Every year there are ceremonies, parades and of course a minute's silence to remember all those people who died.
There is a Dawn Service that begins with a march followed by a prayer, hymns and a dedication that concludes with the last verse of Laurence Binyon's "For The Fallen".

People make lots of different kinds of food to celebrate Anzac Day such as:

Aussie Damper Australian Meat Pie  Anzac biscuitsCoconut Ice

Aussie Damper

-3 cups self raising flour
-1 1/2 teaspoons salt
-90g (30 oz) butter
-1/2 cup milk
-1/2 cup water
-extra flour
Sift flour and salt into bowl, rub in butter until mixture resembles fine bread crumbs, fairly even in size. Add combined water with milk all at once; mix lightly with a sharp knife in a cutting motion. Turn out on to a lightly floured board; knead slightly. Knead dough into a round, place on greased oven tray. Pat dough out in to a 15 cm (6 in) circle. With a sharp knife, cut 2 slits across dough, like a cross, approximately 1 cm (1/2 in) deep. Brush top of dough with milk, sift a little extra flour on the top of the dough. Bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown, reduce heat to moderate, cook a further 15 minutes. Eat warm with butter, (Golden syrup or honey if desired).
Australian Meat Pie
1 1/2 lb steak; minced
1 ts soy sauce
2 beef stock cubes
salt and pepper for flavour
1 1/2 cups water
1 pinch Nutmeg
2 tb Flour
1/4 cups water; (extra if needed)
pie base:
2 cups flour
2/3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 oz beef drippings
pie top:
1 packet puff pastry; (12 oz. size)
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon water
making the filling:
Place meat into a pan, stir meat over low heat until well brown. Drain of any surplus fat. Add the two crumbled stock cubes, and then add the water, salt, pepper and nutmeg. stir until boiling when boiled reduce heat, cover, simmer gently for 20 minutes, remove from heat. Combine extra water and flour, stir until flour mixture is smooth. Add flour mixture to meat, stir until combined. Return to heat, stir until meat boils and thickens. Add soy sauce ( to give brown colour), stir until combined. Simmer, uncovered, 5 to 10 min; remove from heat allow to become cold.
Making the pie base:
Sift flour and salt into basin. Place water and dripping into saucepan, stir until dripping melts; remove from heat. Make a well in centre of dry ingredients, add liquid, stir until combined. If you are in a rush use pre made (brought) pastry. Turn out onto lightly floured surface, knead lightly. roll out pastry to line eight greased pie tins. cut excess pastry off from around the edge with a sharp knife.
pie crust:
Roll out puff pastry on a lightly floured surface, cut out the rounded tops for the pies, use a saucer as guide. Wet edges of pastry, and gently with a folk press pastry into place, trim edges. Mix egg yolk and water together and lightly spread over the top.
cooking the pies:
Bake in a oven for five minutes or until golden brown, reduce heat to a moderate temperature cook for another ten minutes.
Anzac biscuits.
1 cup of plain flour
3\4 cup of sugar
1 cup rolled oats
3\4 cup of coconut
1 tablespoon of golden syrup
 125 grams of butter
1 1\2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons of boiling water

1. Mix the flour, sugar and coconut in a mixing bowl.
2. In a small saucepan, melt golden syrup and butter over gentle heat.
3. Mix bicarbonate of soda and boiling water in a cup. Add to the saucepan (it will froth and bubble). Remove from the heat.
4. Pour this mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir to mix.
5. Grease a baking tray with butter. Place small spoons of the mixture onto the tray.
6. Bake in an oven at 150 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Allow to cool before removing from tray.
8. Store in a biscuit tin. Makes a great snack for after school and play lunch

Coconut Ice

 2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
6 Tablespoons desiccated coconut
1 pinch cream of tartar
1 drop red food colouring optional



Place sugar and milk in a saucepan. Stir until dissolved, add cream of tartar. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir until mixture begins to thicken and turn white. Add coconut . Put onto greased square pan. Cool and slice into squares. Optional: Pour a drop of red food colouring into 1/2 of the mixture to achieve a pink colour. Drizzle melted chocolate over if desired add strawberries and enjoy.

Coconut Ice when finished


Anzac day is probably the most important national occasion in Australia.
The word Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

When the war started in 1914 for only fourteen years Australia had been a federal commonwealth. The new national government was keen to open a door to its account between the nations of the world.

The use of Poppies:
Poppies grow in profusion in the Spring. The use of Poppies started in 1914 in Palestine.
At every Dawn service each soldier would drop a Poppie when he passed the Stone of Remembrance.

A Minutes Silence:
A minutes silence is included in the Anzac day ceremony.
It initiates a time of refraction on the consideration of the entire ceremony.

Battle Field diorama!

Making the Soldiers:

3 sheets of A4 paper
texters (off green and blue)
fine liner
1 sheet off paper (filling)

(1) Take a piece of A4 paper and fold it in half.
(2) On one side draw a soldier (the size is optional because it depends the size of the box and army) and cut it out making sure that you are cutting both sides.
(3) Stuff the soldier with paper and staple around it.
(4) Colour in the soldier and then make as many more as you want. (Make sure they can fit into your box.)
(5) Do the same procedure again but make a different team.
(6) Stand the soldiers up in the box using a little tag at the the bottom of the soldiers.

The Finished Soldiers!

Making the inside of the box:

1. Get a shoe box.
2. Paint the background with anything you like trees, sky etc.
3. Paint the outside of the box all the same colour.
4. Then get some card and make a small tent to fit into the corner of your box. Draw a red cross on the tent.
5. Mix some sand with P.V.A glue and make two mounds at the back next to the tent so it looks like someone has been buried.
6. Before the graves set make some little grave stones to stick into the graves.
7. Then set up the soldiers into a good position that you like.
8. HAVE FUN !!!!!

Finished product!

Thank you to Mrs O'Brien and Ms Weston for helping us get on track and making us want to make this website in every spare moment that we had. Also we would like to thank John O'Brien for giving us permission to use the soldier on the top banner and for letting us use the soldier down the side. Once again thank you to all these people.