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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.

The 2017 Trip has just finished and the write up is underway so watch this site for its update. 

The 2019 Tour departs in April and planning for the 2020 trip will begin at the completion of this year's tour. Please contact Julie or Mal if you would like to register interest for future tours or have a special focus group or club which would like to regsiter.

Email: julie@juliereecetours.com.au 

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.

Quotes

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 2017 Tour page is under construction. Some days have been posted and photos will follow shortly.

The 2019 tour departs soon. Planning for the 2020 Tour will begin in May.

Contact us for more information.