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. While on tour, members of the group 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 exclusively from Meningie Area School and Birdwood High School. (See the trip reports by clicking on the "Trips" tab on the side of this page. You will be able to see where we wnet each day, the soliders that we commemorated and read some thoughts and reflections by the group.).
The 2012 and 2015 tours branched out including students from new schools Coomandook Area School (2012) Mannum Community College, Lameroo Regional Community School (2015), Findon High School (2015) and Unity College (2015).
In 2017 the focus of Connecting Spirits changed from being exclusive to schools, to a community- based initiative. However, links with students and teachers remain a vital part of the project where learning and professional development opportunities abound. The 2017 trip write up is nearing completion so watch this site for its update along with this year’s report from the 2019 April tour.
The 2020 Connecting Spirits Community Tour plans are in their infancy and we are aiming for a three- week tour in the last week of the third school term and the October holidays to return in time for the start of term 4, 2020. Please contact Julie or Mal if you would like to register interest for the 2020 tour.
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.
"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’.”