Connecting Spirits

Connecting Spirits is a project that involves students travelling to the World War 1 battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of France and Belgium to learn first hand the role that Australians played in the battles of the Great War and to understand the sacrfices made. While there, the students commemorate individual soldiers from their own families and communities.

The first trip occurred in November 2006, the second in 2008 and a third in 2010. These three trips included students from Meningie Area School and Birdwood High School. See the trip reports by clicking on the "Trips" tab on the side of this page. The 2012 trip included 4 students from Coomandook Area School. The 2015 trip included students from Meningie Area School  along with those from Findon High School, Mannum Community College, Lameroo Regional Community School and Unity College, schools which were all  involved for the first time. You can see daily reports and reflections by trip members by clicking on the Trips tab and then clicking on the 2015 link. You will be able to see where we went each day, the soldiers that we commemorated and read some thoughts and reflections by the students.

Planning for the 2017 Trip has begun!!!

Thanks to all of our supporters for making this trip possible for the students involved.

This webpage was developed with the generous support of the Anzac Day Commemoration Fund who contributed $3500 toward the cost of its establishment and maintenance.


Victor Koolmatrie
"It was tragic that so many lives were taken, boys the same age as me. As I stand here I think of my great, great-Uncle Rufus and I know many people will never see their relative’s grave as I have. I feel a great sense of responsibility representing these relatives at home. And when it’s all over I think I will have a feeling of accomplishment and closure. I will never forget this journey and in the future I will tell my children about ‘Connecting Spirits’.”

Latest News

The leadership have met and decided to maintain the close connection between the two projects started at Meningie Area School and Findon High School. As a result students from the Coorong Mallee area and those from Findon High School will be eligible to travel on our next tour in late 2016. Expressions of interest will be sought soon. keep your eyes open inyour school newsletter for details.