Students design a special place
THE students at Kellyville Public School have been hard at work to honour the nation’s veterans, both past and present.
Building a respectful garden, which has been named the Kellyville Public Place of Remembrance, the Year 5 and 6 students have spent the better part of six months designing, researching and gathering materials for the special monument.
Teacher Jennifer Heffernan said there were some problems along the way but the students quickly found solutions.
“We had four or five designs before this one,” she said. “We had to change locations because the tree roots were larger than what we thought and the wall can’t be over one metre because of an accident in another school.”
The final agreed design process would be walls of plaques with the names of each war Australia had been involved with as well as all those who had served, including nurses. There would also be a garden with specially chosen flowers as well as a sandstone bench.
The research included a talk from Vietnam veteran Phil Evenden about his experiences, the medals he had earned and what is was like in the trenches.
Recent heavy rain delayed the start of work until next month.
Kellyville Public students are building a garden of remembrance to honour war veterans. Picture: Peter Kelly