As the students and staff travelling in the 2015 tour party are making last minute preparations to depart, there are two very precious pieces of luggage that will be travelling with the group.
They will be carrying two pieces of hand-made, finely crafted works, each representing a generation’s recognition of history. The fact that these two pieces span many generations and many family histories across the districts of Broadford, Kilmore, Wandong, Pyalong, Seymour and others is an important aspect of the tour.
Menin Gate Wreath
Staff and students have carefully hand-crafted a wreath of Poppies, each hand-made poppy representing a symbol of remembrance for soldiers who have died at war. Broadford Secondary College originally participated in The 5000 Poppies Project which began in 2013. Artists Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crotchet 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine of Remembrance in time for Remembrance Day in 2013. This expanded in to what is now a nation-wide initiative. The 5000 Poppies Project.
Broadford Students have been honoured with an invitation to lay the wreath at the Menin Gate. Three students from the tour party will place the wreath on behalf of the College and all the families and communities that are represented in the wreath.
Kilmore Quilters Commemorative Quilt
The Kilmore Quilters have produced what can only be described as a magnificent piece, involving some 35 people from right across the district, working for many months to produce a commemorative quilt.
Maree Marr from Kilmore created the original challenge for the Quilting group when she realised that she did not have much of an understanding or local knowledge of the names on the memorials across the district. This disappointed and upset her. Maree embarked on an effort to understand and learn more about this aspect of local history and along the way, inspired thirty-five  others to contribute hand-made panels, culminating in the magnificent commemorative quilt.
There are 48 named panels in the quilt, each representing a fallen soldier, with the centre panel being left for the unnamed soldier.
The Staff and Students of Broadford Secondary College would like to sincerely thank the Kilmore Quilters for their magnificent contribution.