In remembrance of our soldier settlers and those lost to war
WHAT a day we had on Friday, November 10.
The launch of the soldier settler monument project at Cottonvale took place in the morning, the cold and windy morning.
The Stanthorpe Historical Society and the Lions Club are managing and driving this very significant project for our district.
This monument is to recognise not only that the men volunteered to serve their country, but that they and their families helped to build a sustainable fruit and vegetable industry in this district under very harsh conditions.
The organisers requested that our students play an important part in the inauguration of the project.
Our students dressed in period costume, as early settlers.
The boys looked the part in their long-sleeved shirts and pants with their bush hats.
Some were even given the grave responsibility of holding the axes.
The girls were provided with bonnets and aprons by the Stanthorpe Historical Society to complement their long skirts and sleeved blouses.
Many of the girls carried dolls in keeping with the view of the time that “the settler needed a horse, a plough, and axe … and a wife”.
The children enjoyed the old-fashioned games of marbles and hop-scotch.
From the very favourable comments on our students’ appearance, behaviour and enthusiasm for the task, showing their interest and understanding of what was going on, they did a wonderful job.
We are very proud of them and their effort.
Following the launch of the monument, students were taken back to Amiens for a quick change from period costume to being ready for our Remembrance Day Commemoration.
The day was attended by not only our students and parents, but many members of the wider community including State Member of Parliament, the retiring Mr Lawrence Springborg.
Unfortunately our commemoration coincided with an important local council meeting, so our local representatives weren’t able to join us.
We thank our community members who are mainstays of our school and our connection to the wider community.
Thanks also to the members of the Amiens History Association who commemorated with us.
As usual, all our students participated and did a wonderful job. I was congratulated on their effort by many of the attendees.
Again, a very proud moment for all of us.
RESPECT: Amiens State School conducted a Remembrance Day Commemoration on November 10.