Topic: Tauranga and Districts WW100 Diary Competition

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Tauranga and Districts WW100 Diary Competition, Intermediate & Junior Secondary School Students

The Legacy of Gallipoli: 25 April 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZACs landing on the beaches of a small bay now known as Anzac Cove. This action, eight months into the First World War, has been credited with contributing to the emergence of New Zealand’s national identity.

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A Gallipoli Diary: Record one week (seven days) of diary entries as either a New Zealand soldier or nurse involved in the Gallipoli campaign. Your entries may be presented in written diary form or in the form of multi-media.


  • This diary competition is open to Yr 7, 8, 9 & 10 school students in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.
  • Schools are invited to select their best diary entries for the competition. Students may also submit their diary directly.
  • The diary may be in traditional diary or multi-media form.
  • Maximum diary entry length per day: 100 words

Closing Date:

  • 5pm, 8 May 2015 (postal entries must be received by the 8th)

Entries to:

Postal entries to: Debbie McCauley, c/- Tauranga City Library, Private Bag 12022, Tauranga 3143


Winning Entries:

All winners will be announced by 22 May 2015.


1st Place - $300

2nd Place - $200

3rd Place - $100


Further Explanation

  • A diary is private so your writing will be quite different to what you might write if you were sending a letter home to your family.
  • As well as factual information your diary entries should express your emotions about what you are experiencing.
  • You might like to record your entries from the perspective of either a soldier or nurse from Tauranga or an ancestor who was a soldier or nurse during WW1.
  • You could consider daily entries based on experiences in the days before, during and after taking part in a particular battle, for example the Battle of Chunuk Bair or Lone Pine.
  • Your entries may describe what you did during the day, what you ate, what you saw, heard and could smell. Where you slept and how you handled the physical conditions.
  • Remember to be open and honest about your feelings and thoughts.
  • Use the five senses to describe your experiences.
  • Your experience may be recorded in written form. It is also acceptable to digitally record/create your diary for the seven days.


Judging Criteria

The winning entry will:

  • Use creativity and imagination
  • Be descriptive and feel ‘real’
  • Incorporate factual information which is historically accurate
  • Have impact
  • Use appropriate language for the time and setting
  • Have evidence of an understanding of the historical context surrounding Gallipoli.

Learning Opportunities and Links to the Curriculum

  • To promote the WW100 commemorations and in particular the 100th anniversary of New Zealand’s involvement in the Gallipoli campaign
  • To encourage a knowledge and understanding in intermediate and secondary school students of this historic event
  • To promote the use of creative writing as an important skill
  • To provide students with an opportunity to showcase their learning and understanding of this historic event
  • To provide students with an opportunity to write creatively while considering personal perspective
  • Understand how people make significant contributions to New Zealand Society (L.2)
  • Understand how time and change effect people’s lives (L.2)
  • Understand how people view and use places differently (L.3)
  • Understand how people remember and record the past in different ways (L.3)
  • Understand how people participate individually and collectively in response to
  • community challenges (L.4)
  • Understand how people pass on and sustain culture and heritage (L.4)
  • Understand how the ideas and actions of people in the past have had a significant impact on people’s lives (L.5).

Terms and Conditions

  • All entries must include an entry form. One entry per person.
  • Schools may be asked for verification that the student is enrolled as a Yr 7, 8, 9, or 10 student.
  • Submitted work must be the entrant’s own original creation.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • While all care will be taken no responsibility will be accepted by the organisers for lost or damaged work. Entries will not be returned.
  • All entries must be received by 5pm on 8 May 2015.
  • All diaries must be written or recorded in English or Te Reo.
  • By entering the competition permission has been given to publish the diary. Wining entries may be published in a newspaper and be posted on the Tauranga Libraries Tauranga Memories website.
  • Participation in the competition is deemed acceptance of the competition rules.

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