Alkira Secondary College Students Visit Seymour and Puckapunyal

 

On Friday 1st August 2014, a group of students from Alkira Secondary College travelled to Seymour and Puckaunyal.

This article from the "Seymour Telegraph" tells the story:

 

 'They have a lot of respect'

 It was a project started last year, and it has gained plenty of awards along the way. Those behind it made their way to Seymour on Friday to soak up some of the subject they have been recognised for.

A group of 23 Year 12students from Alkira Secondary College in Cranbourne North came to town to catch up with an Army veteran and visit the Puckapunyal Army Base and Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk.

They came with some impressive credentials, having earlier in the week been awarded the Anzac Day Schools Award for their VCAL project.

The school finished runner-up last year and has also won a City of Casey Australia Day award, and a VCAL honour for best community involvement with a veteran. Several students have also been awarded. So what did , they do?

It's been an amazing journey since the group, then in Year 11, held a morning tea session last year with several Australian Defence Force veterans. Student Matt Ferguson explained.

"They came and told us their stories and we had to write up their biographies," he said. "We presented it back to them through a big booklet."

That wasn't any ordinary booklet, because several veterans opened up and told the students stories of their experiences that they hadn't mentioned to their own families. The booklet, titled In Their Footsteps, and the project itself have been the reason behind all the awards since. And coming to Seymour also had an academic reason behind it - it was part of a VCAL module on organising a major project, with the students planning the trip themselves.

A handful of Vietnam Veterans Association and Royal Australian Electrical Mechanical Engineers veterans also came along.

So why Seymour? One of the veterans featured in the project was Glenaroua man David Maddick, who was full of praise for the students.

The experience has been very. good,' the long-time Army veteran said.

"I learned that there's a lot of good kids out there that you don't hear enough about. You hear about the ones that have gone wrong but not those who are truly good. They have a lot of respect for the veterans and what we did and it's great to see."