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 has just finished and we were joined in this trip by students from Coomandook Area School 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 2012 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 2014 Trip is about to begin!!!

Thanks to all of our supporters, but a big thanks to David and Gwenda Eckert of Mentara Park, T & R Pastoral, Chris and Di Williams of Lake Alex Dairy, Ken Williams and the Meningie Lions Club for providing our trip tops and jackets for the 2012 trip. Thanks also to Meningie Newsagency for your support.

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 next trip will be in April 2015 and will involve students from Findon high School, Lameroo Regional Community School and Mannum Community College as well as Meningie Area School. We are also planning a trip for late in 2016 and hope to have students from across the Coorong Mallee partnership, including Coomandook Area School, Tintinara Area School, Karoonda Area School, Mannum Community College and Lameroo Regional Community School join those from Meningie Area School.