Warwick students set for a trip to battlefields of France
THIRTY of Scots PGC choir and pipe band students will jet off to France later this year after being selected to take part in the Anzac Day dawn service.
To help with the trip Warwick RSL Sub-Branch facilitated a $9427.20 donation, which president John Skinner presented to college principal Michael Harding yesterday.
The money will be used for uniforms embroidered with the Warwick RSL Sub-Branch logo.
Mr Skinner said it was a large sum of money for the RSL.
"It is one of the largest grants to come to Warwick from the RSL for a number of years," he said.
"It is really special that these students get to go the First World War battlefields."
Sub-Branch secretary Gordon Neilson said it was a trip that would stay with the students forever.
"It is a tremendous life-memorable experience," he said.
Mr Harding said he was grateful for the donation.
"It is fantastic that we are able to have the students and the RSL involved in the trip to France."
The students will perform at many Anzac services in the week leading up to Anzac Day.
The Anzac Day performance will be Villers-Bretoneux.
Scots student and pipe band member George McCormack said he was very excited for the trip.
"It is great getting to go to France," he said.
"It is a good way to pay tribute to the people who died in the battlefield.
"I've been practising really hard and I'm really looking forward to it."
The trip will have an extra special meaning to four students who lost relatives during the Anzac battle.
Ashleigh and Lauren Whittaker, Fraser Peterson plan to visit their great, great uncle Robert Sutton's grave.
Darcy Meek will visit the memorial of his great, great, great uncle Joseph William Thomas Woodruff.
Scots students will be joined by Faith Lutheran College and the Sydney Male Choir.