Scott Seccombe tells students from Bishop Druitt College about his experiences in the Bosnian conflict.
Scott Seccombe tells students from Bishop Druitt College about his experiences in the Bosnian conflict.

Veterans recount history

WHAT better way to learn about history than to hear from the people who were there making it.

The Veterans in School Program aims to complement the study of history in high schools through interaction with war veterans.

This week, Bishop Druitt College students enjoyed learning about the experience of 10 veterans who endured the Vietnam, Gulf, Kashmir and Bosnian wars. Program co-ordinator Garry Heskett said the day went well and even attracted some new vets to share their stories.

“The students were excellent, they were engaged and attentive, and asked a lot of questions,” he said.

“It was a valuable interaction and the kids thought it was terrific.

“We find kids really listen, take the information on board and ask good questions.

“What better way to study history subjects than to hear the real life experiences from war veterans.”

Mr Heskett said Coffs Harbour RSL sub-branch president Bob Payne generously brought memorabilia from the club’s display cabinet.

“The kids were able to look at and touch the items which included things like ration packs and old weapons,” he said. “The sessions are extremely practical and are available to all schools.”

The Veterans in School Program, is going to Toormina High on April 7. If you would like to get your school involved, contact Garry on 0414 512 302.



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