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Burpengary State School honours their courageous past

​Burpengary State School’s Monument of Honour

​The Burpengary school community will gather at the Burpengary State School Monument of Honour on Remembrance Day to recognise the tremendous commitment and sacrifice of past students who served in historic conflicts.

The monument has become the centre of the school's remembrance activities since it was built, thanks to the vision and dedication of school and community members. 

Former Principal Bradley Fox said the monument was borne out of the school's 140th anniversary celebrations in 2016 and the work of schools officer and military veteran Chris Heyes.

'Leading up to the Centenary of ANZAC, the school found 9 past students who were WW1 soldiers and who on return to the area played an integral role in the development of the community,' Mr Fox said. 

'Last year students connected the veterans' names with local streets, parks and creeks, learnt about their stories and took part in ANZAC Centenary activities.

'Linking the importance of history and community connections really struck a chord with the whole school and from here the wider remembrance project was born. 

'Chris approached me with a scale model of a memorial that he wanted to build in the school and parent Shannon Macdonald, undertook further research into additional past students who had been involved in conflicts after World War 1, including WW2 and Korean and Vietnam conflicts. She found that since WW1 48 students have served in conflicts.' 

Mr Fox said he was proud of the respect for tradition and history and the strong sense of community that the monument represented.

'The monument was a collaboration of community involvement. Chris designed and welded the life-size statue by hand, a local business donated $1,200 to powder-coat the monument, a school family used their machinery to mount the statue and tradespeople worked to build the foundations and gardens. It was truly a community effort.'

The Monument of Honour was unveiled on the Centenary of the Armistice 2018 by Shane King MP and attended by the family of past student and WW2 veteran, Mr Roy Schultz, along with descendants of other past students.

Past students are honoured on the monument with individual name plaque listing conflict, rank, name and service number beside a defence emblem and attached to a polished granite plinth.

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Last updated
30 January 2020