Stannies students roll up for a magical history tour

They have studied in textbooks the sacrifices made by those who defended the Western Front, and this week they will see first-hand how history was made and our freedom won.

Twenty-six St Stanislaus’ College students set off on 6th April 2016 for a tour through Europe, visiting the sites of some of the most significant Australian battles of World War I and II as well as other sites of historical significance.

Stannies head of history and languages, Melissa Lang, said the tour would be beneficial on both the history and languages fronts.

The boys will fly to Paris, where they can put their French language skills to the test, and visit Versailles, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre before flying to Nuremberg to begin the history leg of the tour.

Yr 11 student Dom McCrossin said the tour was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Dom is looking forward to experiencing the history he has learnt about and putting it into proper perspective.

“When the trip came up I knew I wanted to go, it’s an opportunity not to be missed,” he said.

The recent terrorist attack in Brussels has not derailed their plans either. 

“When I saw it on the news I did think, oh no, but you can’t think too much about it,” he said.

David Mills of the Bathurst RSL sub branch, who provided jackets for the students on the tour, yesterday presented the students with poppies to place on cenotaphs and war graves.

He said it was a chance for the students to learn the true story of the ANZAC heritage.

By Jacinta Carroll
Courtesy of the Western Advocate 

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