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