Fallen remembered

A field of poppies.
A field of poppies.

Troop president Merv Wilson explained his collection of World War I memorabilia, attracting gasps from the school population when he pulled out a sword.

The travelling museum included pre-World War I saddles, weapons, uniforms and other military field equipment

Kindy students got up close to Von and Sarge, the two horses that accompanied Mr Wilson, before Sarge made an entrance into the school’s undercover area where the students were listening to Mr Wilson’s talk.

Principal Lynne Cooper said many students were from families with horses, so they were very comfortable around the towering mounts, but the 140-odd students got a little more than they bargained for when Sarge slipped on the concrete floor.

The control of rider and school dad Ryan Lupgens was on display with Sarge calmly and safely leaving to the oval before Van and Sarge demonstrated a charge several times across the grass, much to the delight of the school.

Students also adorned the grass with paper poppies in memory of Australia’s fallen and serving soldiers.