Comet Bay College students make Hero Bags for Navy personnel

Comet Bay College year 11 and 12 Creative Class students and teachers proudly show off their hero bags at HMAS Stirling, before presenting them to sailors from HMAS Stuart and HMAS Dechaineux. Pictures: Able Seaman Richard Cordell.
Comet Bay College students with sailors from HMAS Stuart after presenting them with hero bags.
Leading Seaman Matthew Reiri explains his role aboard HMAS Stuart to Comet Bay College students.
Comet Bay College students gather with submariners on the casing of HMAS Dechaineux.
Able Seaman Alastair Wyatt proudly displays his new hero bag with Shaye Maher.
Comet Bay College students gather with sailors on the forecastle of HMAS Stuart.
Comet Bay College year 11 and 12 Creative Class students and teachers proudly show off their hero bags at HMAS Stirling, before presenting them to sailors from HMAS Stuart and HMAS Dechaineux. Pictures: Able Seaman Richard Cordell. Comet Bay College students with sailors from HMAS Stuart after presenting them with hero bags. Leading Seaman Matthew Reiri explains his role aboard HMAS Stuart to Comet Bay College students. Comet Bay College students gather with submariners on the casing of HMAS Dechaineux. Able Seaman Alastair Wyatt proudly displays his new hero bag with Shaye Maher. Comet Bay College students gather with sailors on the forecastle of HMAS Stuart.

SAILORS on a frigate and submarine based at HMAS Stirling will be able to more easily identify their laundry or personal items after students from the Comet Bay College made them some Hero Bags.

Students from the school’s year and 11 and 12 creative class made 21 bags as part of their home economics curriculum supervised by Julie Coyle and presented them to sailors on HMAS Stuart and HMAS Dechaineux.

Defence transition mentor Claire Hunt said the college was keen to acknowledge and honour the service made by all Australian Defence Force members, especially while they were away from their families.

“Our Hero Bags are a small way to give back and let the service men and women know that we are thinking of them and appreciate their service,” Ms Hunt said.

The bags are used as laundry bags for easy identification of dirty clothes on the ships and submarines or to store their personal items on board.