LEST WE FORGET: Bargara State School students Dylan Theuerkauf and Jake Thompson dress in First World War uniforms during an educational talk by Michael and Donna Fiechtner.
LEST WE FORGET: Bargara State School students Dylan Theuerkauf and Jake Thompson dress in First World War uniforms during an educational talk by Michael and Donna Fiechtner. Mike Knott BUNCROSS

Schools’ tribute to our Diggers

THEY sacrificed their lives for us and now schoolchildren from Bundaberg will honour their memory.

Students from Bargara State School, Childers State School and St Joseph's Primary School will be officially linked with Vignacourt Primary School in Picardy, France to commemorate Australian Diggers who served and died on the Western Front during the First World War.

Bargara students were the first to begin stage one of the project yesterday, which involved researching a soldier and decorating memorial crosses.

These crosses will be part of the annual Bargara Anzac ceremony and then transported to Vignacourt for the local children to place at the foot of the soldier's grave.

Students will also make poppies to be sent to France. The project will carry on a tradition from the end of the war when the local Vignacourt mayor promised to never forget the sacrifice by Australian soldiers.

Today Childer's State School will get involved by making postcards featuring students dressed as Aussie soldiers and replicating photos taken 100 years ago.

These postcards, with greetings from Childers, will then be sent to Vignacourt School, who will send postcards back to Bundaberg.

And St Joseph's Primary School will welcome "Private Billy Court" - a First World War commemorative bear dressed in uniform.

Private Billy will spend time at the school and students will undertake a diary of activities and photos to share with the Vignacourt students.

Billy will arrive in Vignacourt for Anzac Day and take part in local events. He will then spend time at the local school and be returned to Bundaberg, rotating between the three schools. Bundaberg itself has a direct link to Vignacourt through the story of William and Thomas See, lost Diggers and who spent time in Vignacourt.