Seton Catholic College students learn about the human loss in war

Charlie Arthur, Jessica Garnett, Asha Burnett & Indya Lange. Photo: Jon Hewson. d488398 www.communitypix.com.au.
Charlie Arthur, Jessica Garnett, Asha Burnett & Indya Lange. Photo: Jon Hewson. d488398 www.communitypix.com.au.

LEARNING that soldiers are not just a number was one lesson students from Seton Catholic College took home with them on November 12.

The high school students took part in a memorial day service for Remembrance Day, and each student researched a service person who fought in World War I.

Year nine student Charlie Arthur said he researched Charles Alfred Gage and his younger brother Christopher.

“They were two of the nine Aboriginal serviceman of the Orange area,” he said.

“Both him and his brother were killed in action.”

Head of humanities and social sciences Craig Carter said the inspiration for the project was to get the students to think about the individuals involved it the war.

“Sometimes we can treat these things as a history lesson, but we wanted them to look at the human experience and also the human loss,” he said.

“We also wanted to create a memorial like you would see at Gallipoli or the Western Front.

“We hope students appreciate the sacrifice of the servicemen and women and also reflect on the contribution of the current day service men and women.”

Year 10 student Jessica Garnett, whose relatives fought in the war, said the speeches were impactful.

“They were able to get across that each solider had a life, kids, brothers and sisters,” she said.

“Each person is worth something, they are not just a number.”