The school was approached by Living Heritage, concerning the possibility of a small group of students preparing a story relating to Kilbirnie School and the Great War.
There was obviously a linkage between the project and the Fear family therefore a group of three students was chosen to start the process.
- Reading and research about the Great War and the Fear family, using the article written by Donald Phillipps
- Planning an outline for a story
- Visiting the New Zealand National Library to source photos
- Writing about school life in the early 1900’s, using school journals and local school references
- Working with Barbara and Eric Baker to prepare story and pictures for publication.
Our questions were:
- Who was Bert Fear and what was life like for him when he attended Kilbirnie School?
- How was school different in those days?
- Why did Bert Fear go to war?
- What conditions were like for him?
- How did he die?
Our teacher Mrs Patel organised some journal stories for us, and Mr McGimpsey gave us a copy of a story about Francis John Herbert Fear, written by his nephew, Donald Phillipps. Our parents also helped us with books and websites for general reading and research.