The Brownlow Hill war memorial is in tip-top shape thanks to the dedication of students, teachers and parents at Macarthur Anglican School.
Parent Mark Latham spearheaded a project to restore the weathered monument and encouraged his daughter’s class teacher Peter Groves to get the kids involved.
Mr Groves said the students were thrilled to take part in a research project to write and publish booklet which will be handed out during a service at the site on Remembrance Day.
“Mark secured the funds and we looked after research side of things,” he said. “I teach the gifted and talented class and a few of the students took ownership of the project and visited libraries to find out more.”
One of the students involved, Lucy-Lei Mingay, said the importance of the approaching Remembrance Day inspired her to take part in the project: “This year is the centenary of Armistice and this was an opportunity for me to show my respects to the soldiers listed on the memorial.”
Classmate Siena Latham said she wanted to help prolong the soldiers’ memories: “I think maintaining our memorials is an important way we can ensure we continue to honour the soldiers who fought for our country.”
Fellow team member Mikayla Butler said working on the booklet humanised the soldiers for her: “I was reminded that they all had families, just like I do, and this made me really thankful for the sacrifice they made in serving our country.”