Stu­dents earn An­zac ac­co­lade

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Me­gan Masters me­gan.masters@thechron­i­cle.com.au

BE­ING part of the Ris­ing Daugh­ters Ser­vice group has been a true eye-opener for St Ur­sula’s stu­dents Char­lotte Cor­field and Olivia Go­lightly.

The group is all about serv­ing the peo­ple who served our coun­try in times of war.

Ms Go­lightly is a Year 11 stu­dent at the col­lege and said she joined the group back in Year 9 af­ter en­cour­age­ment from her mum and older sis­ters.

She said she loved the group’s monthly vis­its to the Har­lax­ton RSL Club, where they would talk to the ex-ser­vice­men, sell raf­fle tick­ets and cook them din­ner.

Meet­ing a pris­oner of war camp sur­vivor and hear­ing his story was life-chang­ing.

“Norm Alder­ton was a POW camp sur­vivor who came to visit us and he was at Kokoda and worked on the Burma Rail­way,” Olivia said.

“It was re­ally mov­ing to hear that.”

She said the group had grown from five mem­bers two years ago to 13 mem­bers this year and its grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity was in part thanks to the mov­ing ser­vices they or­gan­ised for other stu­dents to take part in.

This year they made a short, 12-minute film about their ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing the visit from Mr Alder­ton, which they later sub­mit­ted for con­sid­er­a­tion in the An­zac Day Schools’ Awards.

The en­try earned them the state ti­tle for Queens­land high schools and the group was thrilled to of­fi­cially re­ceive the award from Mem­ber for Groom Dr John McVeigh yes­ter­day.

❝ Norm Alder­ton was a POW camp sur­vivor who came to visit us.

— Olivia Go­lightly

PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

AN­ZAC SPIRIT: The Ris­ing Daugh­ters Ser­vice Group mem­bers Olivia Go­lightly (front) and Char­lotte Cor­field are proud to be part of an award-win­ning project.

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