Mission to save French school

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

ST CLAIR stu­dents hosted the launch of a his­to­rian’s heart­felt bid to save the school of a French town that Aus­tralian World War I sol­diers died to de­fend.

Day one of au­thor and mil­i­tary his­to­rian Will Davies’ mission to build a school for the chil­dren of the French vil­lage of Pozieres, in the Somme Val­ley, started at St Clair High School, with project pa­tron NSW Gover­nor David Hur­ley on hand to dis­cuss the Pozieres Franco-Aus­tralian School Project.

The bid started af­ter Mr Davies heard the Pozieres school had to re­lo­cate from the build­ing it had shared with the coun­cil cham­bers since it opened in 1925, and the vil­lage could not in­de­pen­dently fund a school.

Gold coin do­na­tion days are planned at schools across NSW for Re­mem­brance Day. It is hoped the first soil will be turned on the school build­ing project on July 23 next year.

Main pic­ture: DIEPPE C

Aus­tralian gun­ners in battle near Pozieres in 1916, and (inset) NSW Gover­nor David Hur­ley with stu­dents at St Clair High School.

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