Topic: Tauranga and Districts WW100 Postcard Competition

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Tauranga and Districts WW100 Postcard Competition, Primary 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 Postcard From Gallipoli: You are to create an A4 size ‘postcard’ sent home from Gallipoli by a New Zealand soldier or nurse. On the front will be an image, created by you, appropriate to the time and place. On the back you are to write a message to a loved one in New Zealand.


  • This postcard competition is open to Yr 5 & 6 primary school students in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.
  • Schools are invited to select their best postcard entries for the competition. Students may also submit their postcard directly.
  • The postcard must be A4 in size and the image on the front of the postcard must be the student’s own work and not a photocopy of an actual postcard of the time.

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 - $200
  • 2nd Place - $100
  • 3rd Place - $50

Further Explanation

  • Postcards are short letters. You are sending it to a person who will have no idea of what it is like to be a soldier or nurse at Gallipoli. It is likely that person is a friend or family member.
  • You may like to give them a brief account of how you are and what you are doing.
  • You could write your postcard as if you are either a soldier or nurse from Tauranga or perhaps you have an ancestor that was a soldier or nurse during WWI?
  • Remember to use appropriate language that fits with the time and who you are.
  • The front of the postcard must be your own creation. How you create it is up to you but here are some suggestions: Pencil sketch, painting, collage, sewing, embroidery (like a traditional silk postcard from the time), a photograph that you have staged.
  • The front of the postcard could show a scene from Gallipoli. For example: a landscape, a military hospital, a hospital ship, trench life scene, you or your friends, a troopship.
  • You will need to research this before you decide.

Judging Criteria

The winning entry will:

  • Have visual impact and the ‘wow’ factor
  • Show creativity and be original. It will also be well executed
  • Have artwork that relates well to the subject
  • Have a message that demonstrates knowledge of what life was like for soldiers and nurses at Gallipoli
  • Show awareness of the person for whom the postcard was intended.
  • Use language appropriate to the time.

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
  • Will help students understand how the past is important to people (L.1)
  • Understand how people make significant contributions to New Zealand’s society (L.2)
  • Understand how time and change affect people’s lives (L.2)
  • Understand how people remember and record the past in different ways (L.3)
  • Acquire and begin to use sources of information, processes, and strategies to identify, form, and express ideas (L.1)
  • Use language features appropriately, showing some understanding of their effects (L.2)
  • Integrate sources of information, processes, and strategies with developing confidence to identify, form, and express ideas (L.3)
  • Share the ideas, feelings, and stories communicated by their own and others’ objects and images (L.2)
  • Investigate the purpose of objects and images from past and present cultures and identify the contexts in which they were or are made, viewed, and valued (L.3).

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 5 or 6 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 postcards must be written in English or Te Reo.
  • By entering the competition permission has been given to publish the postcard.
  • Winning 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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