Resources for Teachers

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Portrait of school teachers of Officers Instruction School. AWM DAX1102.

The Virtual War Memorial Schools Program is built around the Australian Curriculum: History depth studies of World War One and World War Two at Years 9 and 10. Student participation in the program develops both historical knowledge and understanding, and historical inquiry skills. 

Virtual War Memorial staff are happy to support teachers and schools with implementing and running the program, and we run professional development sessions on-site and workshops in accordance with AITSL standards. Please do not hesitate to contact us at:

If you would like to be part of our Schools Program, please fill out an Expression of Interest form and return it to us. Expression of Interest

The following resources are designed to support educators with our Schools Program and in using the Virtual War Memorial as a classroom resource. 

Curriculum Resource Kits

Teacher Resource - World War One - Year 9

Teacher Resource - World War Two - Year 10

IB - Middle Years Program


Schools Program Support Resources

School Admin Guide


Assessment Task Sheets & Rubrics

Year 9 Assessment Task

Year 10 Assessment Task


Primary School Resources

Primary Schools Overview


2019 Teachers' Professional Learning Activities

2019 Event 1: Turning fascinating facts into brilliant biographies - Wednesday 27 February

In the first workshop for the year, non-fiction author Dr Kristin Weidenbach will show you how to turn fascinating facts into well-crafted biographies, narratives and picture books that can be uploaded to the Virtual War Memorial site and shared with readers across the world. Kristin will share her practical ideas about how to use written primary sources such as postcards, letters, diaries and service records to create meaningful and interesting texts with your students. And there will be hands-on writing activities that you can share with your students, too.

Kristin Weidenbach writes popular non-fiction focused on Australian history.

Her picture books for children include King of the Outback: the story of Sidney Kidman, Meet Banjo Paterson and Tom the Outback Mailman, which won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Eve Pownall award in 2013.

Her adult titles include Growing up Moonta, Rock Star: the story of Reg Sprigg, and the Australian bestseller Mailman of the Birdsville Track: the story of Tom Kruse.

You can read more about Kristin here: Kristin Weidenbach

This workshop is open to 25 teachers who would like to join the Virtual War Memorial Schools Program and work with their students to research the lives of Australian service personnel as part of their studies in HASS/History, or other subject areas.

The workshop will be held after school hours (4-6pm) in Memorial Hall, at the Torrens Parade Ground. Parking is available on site or on Victoria Drive.

Please bring a laptop, pen, paper and your creativity to the workshop.

*Prior to the workshop, please make yourself familiar with the Virtual War Memorial site. 

BOOK NOW! Book via Eventbrite


2019 Event 2: Digital Storytelling for teachers of Year 9 and 10 HASS - Wednesday 6 March

In this FULL DAY workshop, educator Suzannah Brook will teach you how to create digital stories about service personnel. This is a hands-on workshop that will enable you to return to school and work with students to design and create powerful digital content. Please bring your own laptop and a USB so you can take home files from the presenter. 

Book now via Eventbrite: Event 2 book here


2019 Event 3:  Using objects to inspire creative historical writing - Wednesday 27 March

NOTE - We are also accepting bookings for our THIRD professional learning activity for 2019, which will also be run by Kristin Weidenbach and is to be held in Memorial Hall on Wednesday 27 March after school hours. See Eventbrite for more details and book online.

Book via Eventbrite


2019 Fringe Event - book your tickets now for Hallowed Ground - Women Doctors in War! 

This is advanced notice of a wonderful production, which is running for a very short season within the Fringe.

Perfect for students of Year 9 and Year 10 History: World War One and World War Two Depth Studies, Modern History and Women's Studies.

Virtual War Memorial Patron, Associate Professor Susan Neuhaus, has worked closely with the producers on the production and its Melbourne season was very well received.  For those of you who attended this year’s 'Don’t Forget me Cobber' lunch, you will recall actors Helen Hopkins and Carolyn Bock (The Shift Theatre) who very generously supported our presentation on the day – both are part of the production. It would be wonderful to support them with this production and make sure that every seat is filled. 

Virtual War Memorial Australia will be the charity of choice for a gold coin collection at the performances.

The booking link is provided below:

"Set against the vast landscape of world conflict from World War One to contemporary times, four women unite across a century to share their personal stories of active service as doctors in the military. Lilian, a surgeon in her fifties serves in the remote Balkan snowfields in World War I. In World War II, Mary is the only woman among 3000 British troops bound for the Middle East. On active service in Iraq, young doctor Tam, plagued by dreams of fleeing war-torn Saigon, reconciles her own refugee experience. Catherine, a surgeon in Afghanistan, reflects on the journeys of the remarkable women who paved the way for her own experience as a modern military doctor."

Hallowed Ground