Monday November 12, 2012
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP today visited Bringelly Public School to congratulate the school on being awarded an ANZAC Community Grant.
The program is for special projects funded by the NSW Government to help school children and young people learn about the ANZAC legacy.
Bringelly Public School was one of 16 schools and non-profit organisations that shared in more than $60,000 in the first round of youth grants as part of the ANZAC Community Grants program.
Bringelly Public School Principal, Sharyl Scott said that the grant will be used to research the school’s link to war service and commemoration.
"The grant will allow our students to be led to do historical research about the service men and women from the Bringelly area."
"We have a memorial line of trees along the Northern Road that were planted for each Bringelly resident involved in the Wars. We will be researching some of these people and the contribution they made and preserving our findings for future generations by marking the trees with a plaque." Mrs Scott said.
Mrs Scott said the school will be commemorating their findings and the contribution of Bringelly residents by erecting a cenotaph or memorial wall with support from Boral, which has its main NSW brickworks at Bringelly.
Mrs Davies said that she believes it is vital that our younger generations understand and honour the enormous sacrifices that Australian soldiers have made throughout our nation’s history.
“This funding enables schools and other organisations to engage children in the ANZAC legacy, with a particular focus on using web and multimedia technologies to share historical stories with a modern audience.
“It will help young people develop a greater understanding of the first ANZACs and other servicemen and women who followed in their footsteps as well as ensure that the ANZAC spirit lives on.” Mrs Davies said.
Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Victor Dominello said the ANZAC Community Grants program will assist local communities across NSW to prepare for the upcoming Centenary of ANZAC (2014 – 2018).
For example, students at John Paul College in Coffs Harbour will create an online memorial to diggers with links to the school. At Lapstone Public School in the Blue Mountains students will complete a project on the Australian Light Horse Brigade.”
The Centenary of ANZAC will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and reflect on the century of service that followed – including the Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War, as well as peacekeeping and current engagements.