St Patrick’s Primary School’s veteran project commemorates and remembers the service of local veterans.

ST PATRICK’S Primary School’s veteran project was unveiled last week, with students commemorating and remembering the service of veterans.

The science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, STEAM, project started earlier this year at the Kilmore school, with the school calling out for veterans from the region to be part of its creation of a ‘unique’ memorial space to honour people who fought in war.

The students have been involved in workshops to learn key skills required at each stage of the project, including interviewing, portrait photography, and recording, with a total of 28 veterans taking part.

Veteran Graeme McSolvin said he was impressed with the project as a whole.

“When I was invited, I didn’t think it’d be anything as big as it is, it’s huge,” he said.

“The kids had a very deep understanding of what war is all about. It’s not about glorifying war, it’s about thanking those who served, and that’s what got me the most.”

The unveiling of the mural was attended by RSL state president Rob Webster and vice president Des Callaghan, as well as Kilmore Wallan RSL president Rod Dally.

The students were given the opportunity to broaden their skills in interviewing and photography, working together to create a project that appropriately reflected the service of veterans.

The photographs of 28 war veterans adorn a wall at St Patrick’s Primary School, Kilmore. ​

Veteran Peter Dore said the experience of working with the children was memorable and encouraging.

“Right from the start, we’ve been delighted with the way the kids have treated us with a huge amount of respect and professionalism,” he said.

“As a kid, I don’t think I was anywhere near where the kids are at today, but to us as veterans it’s a fantastic feeling to be able to mix with the kids and share our story.”

Information and communication technology leader Shelly Michalke said the students were able to learn about remembrance, Anzac Day and the stories of veterans to gain a better understanding of the meaning of war.

“Students have gained an incredible insight into the meaning of mateship, remembrance and Anzac Day, along with the many deployments the Australian Defence Force does to help communities such as peacekeeping and disaster relief,” she said.

“We have learnt that the sacrifices made have had a significant, ongoing impact on those who served, and the important role the RSL continues to play in the lives of so many.”

The mural is on display at St Patrick’s Primary School in Kilmore, with a duplicate having been created by the Kilmore RSL to display at Memorial Hall, subject to council approval.