Stu­dents de­sign a spe­cial place

Rouse Hill Times - - HONOURING ANZAC OUR HEROES - Jessica Ox­ford

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

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