BRINGING LIVING HISTORY TO LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS.
As part of the ANZAC Centenary commemorations, the sub-Branch of the Castle Hill RSL arranges for veterans of the Vietnam War from the Central Coast Vietnam Veterans, Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Association to introduce the NAMBUS to local Year 10 high school students who are studying the Vietnam War as part of their curriculum.
The NAMBUS is a bus which has been converted into a travelling museum and is backed up by the veterans talking of their experiences leading up to their enlistment, their service and post service experiences. The museum is also supported by static displays and military equipment from that era which the students can dress up in and handle the display items. All the veterans volunteer their time to teach the students.
Students are taught when researching any topic to access the “source documents” where possible. These presentations are one of those rare times where those who participated in Australia’s modern history are still alive and can answer questions from the students to answer their queries and talk of their experiences.
Feedback from the schools is very positive and the sub-Branch is pleased to provide the service to aid the education of local students. As a follow up, members offer their services to the schools to address the students in class to reinforce lessons learnt during the NAMBUS visit.
Phill Evenden, Nambus Coordinator, Castle Hill RSL sub-Branch.