Learning from the past

Govenor to open students’ commemorative Anzac mosaic

Virginia Primary School will take centre stage next month when the South Australian Governor visits to unveil a unique Anzac-inspired mosaic wall.

Honouring  two former students and a local young man who all died in WW1, the special mosaic memorial was constructed in time for Anzac centenary celebrations. Cultural Studies teacher, Caterinia DiToria applied for and won a Federal grant of $5000, as part of the government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and will be officially unveiled by Governor Hieu Van Le on Thursday April 9.

Situated in the schools’ Peace Garden near the front entrance of the school, and surrounded by rosemary bushes, the wall is an ever-lasting monument to all Australian soldiers who have given their lives in war and in particular, pays tribute to former students John James Sheedy, and brothers Albert and Howard Hatcher.

The wall was created under the guidance of Gawler-based artist, Kate Ahlfors, with all students across the school participating in hands-on sessions last year to construct it.

VPS History teacher, Sue Graham, said the school was looking forward to the unveiling, saying students were involved in Remembrance and Anzac Day services each year and were very much a part of the whole concept of acknowledging past and current war efforts across the broader History curriculum.

“We want the students to understand what it was like to be a young man going to fight in a war,” Ms Graham said.

This mosaic is situated in our peace garden.

As students reflect on the fact that they live in a peaceful community.

We want them to look forward to the future with optimism.

As well as the South Australian Governor, invited guests to the unveiling include Two Wells RSL president, Tony Flaherty, who will give a brief speech, residents from a local aged-care facility and members of the Royal Australian Regiment.

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